Secure Free-Standing Book shelves towards the Wall
In case your book shelves have the freedom-standing, they might easily fall over throughout a large earthquake, injuring anybody who been adjacent, especially a little child. Do not take that chance! Affordable metal L-formed brackets can be found at the local home improvement store, and they are simple to install. One for reds attaches towards the book shelves, and yet another side attaches to some stud inside your wall.
Even when your book shelves are safely connected to the wall so that they could not possibly fall over, exactly what do you store in it? Are you currently storing anything heavy that may disappear and injure someone standing nearby? If that’s the case, it may be smart to remove individuals products and them elsewhere.
If kitchen shelves are open and uncovered, all the products stored there may disappear throughout a large quake, including dishes and glasses. To assist alleviate this issue, you can produce a “lip” in the shops, like a thin strip of wood on or close to the fringe of each shelf, that will allow it to be harder for items to disappear.
Within the situation of cabinets, you could also consider installing latches on certain cupboards. Throughout a large earthquake, it’s possible the products within the cupboard might be sent flying with sufficient pressure to knock open the cabinet door.
Also attach large top-heavy objects (for example televisions and computer monitors) towards the desks or tables which they’re standing.
Discover the shocking truth! Auntie Lita explains how you can brace your book shelves.
The earthquakes of 10/15/2006 caused extensive damage around the Big Island Of Hawaii. Houses shifted business foundations, rock walls collapsed, and products in stores (sometimes the shelves, too) were sent crashing towards the floor. Don and Kerrill Kephart, Kohala area residents, provide these tips:
We observed a couple of trends that could be of great interest:
- We’d many cabinets and displays fall over, although not the one that was attached towards the wall framing with the wimpiest screw or metal bracket.
- We’d a large number of pictures come lower this was mounted using the two-pin style picture wardrobe hangers. However, not just one auger-style anchor came lower.
- Display shelves with the smallest lip around the front (say 1/2″) fared much better than individuals which were sheer towards the edge. Museum wax under our collectibles could have been better still.
- Couple of products broke which remained on their own shelf, only if they fell down so plastic child-proof clips around the cupboard doorways might have saved 1000s of dollars price of damage.
- The neighbors lost their warm water when their heaters sheared their connections towards the wall. Modern installations include heater straps ought to be code, however it would cost under $10 to include them if yours does not curently have them.
In the finish during the day, however, it is only stuff. We’d rather begin to see the whole home reduced to some pile of boulders than see something occur to one another or among the grandkids.
How to secure your furniture to a wall easy and cheap
- δμδμδ: Thumb up. Very simple and effective instructions. This is a quality video.
- Scott Buckles: Over 8 years lots of people have watched it Todd! Thanks
- jeigh: Exactly what I was looking for…a simple diy! I have a heavy wooden tv cabinet and I wanted to make it easier to move so I added legs to it with sliders. Now it's wobbly since I have carpet 🙁 So I was looking for a way to stabilize it. Hope this will work! ?
- englishwriterchris: Just had an earthquake in Osaka. Like many people, I am securing my furniture AFTER the earthquake. lol.
- A. GM: Thank you. Simple and effective.
- k-nemo: What a great video! Very well done. Straight to the point and not over-complicated. Easy to follow. Thank you
- Starr Stewart: if you want to know how to do it yourself, just go to woodprix webpage. There you'll find your answers 🙂
- Witch Rose: Thanks! I watched. ?
- Bill D: Sorry but steel angle brackets would be far more secure and only cost a couple of bucks.
- Bill D: If you're going to the trouble of getting a ladder, and electric screwdriver, why stop with a 16 g wire? Get a strong L bracket, a really good wood screw and do the job right. A wire might stop the furniture from toppling if someone accidentally bumped it, but if there were a larger problem, 16 g wire won't help.
- Charles Lumia: Good video thanks. I was looking for a way to secure my TV stand to the wall (it's metal so your method here would work very well, driving the screws into metal). But just wanted to comment and show my support. I watched the entire video and found it helpful.
You should make more videos!
- Tomeka Pompey: Hi. If you want to build it yourself just google for 'woodprix' . I know you'll find good solutions for your idea.
- Ritcher Belmont: I really don’t know whether he’s going to sell it or not, but I’d get Hyezmar’s book before he sells it. It has some good plans, others not so good, but it’s something to work with at least:)
- Cravens Boughner: I know that you can get solutions for that on woodprix website. just google 'woodprix' :)))
- Romaine Athey: I am sure you'll learn how to make it if you'll read woodprix HANDBOOKS from cover to cover 🙂
- Puryear Eaker: Check woodprix handbook if you want to make it cheaper and better.
- nickosinit: I will now do this too
- Victor Cooley: Thanks, Todd. Looks very secure.
- RennieAufdemstein: Appreciate the detailed list of supplies (sizes). Thanks.
- Kyle S: thanks Todd. really helped