Earthquakes and Tall Book Cases

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Earthquakes and 'freestanding' furniture (tall book cases).

This area of Northern California does have earthquakes.  Want to save a lot of clean up time if there is a major earthquake? 

Secure your 'freestanding furniture' to the wall behind it!  This is easily accomplished with 'L' shaped brackets that attach to the top (or the side) of the furniture piece and to the wall behind.  Make sure you locate the wall 'studs' before placing the brackets and use long enough screws to penetrate both the drywall and the 'stud'. 

Pre-drilling the holes in the top of the furniture will help to prevent wood 'tear out'.

Also check the shelves.  If the shelves are placed on shelf 'pins'; are the 'pins' the locking type?  Is the locking latch engaged? 

Are the shelf pins the type with a hole to place a small screw to securely attach the shelf pin to the shelf?  Have the screws been placed?

The rule of thumb is any furniture that is higher than it is wide could tip forward and spill its contents. 

A little advanced effort will prevent your books, china and other valuable possessions from ending up on the floor in an earthquake.


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  1. Vickie Nagy 12/06/2011 04:55 AM
  2. C. Lloyd McKenzie 12/06/2011 01:46 PM
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Bonnie Jean Hart
Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA - Indio, CA
Bonnie & Clyde Team - 25 yrs Exp - Real Estate - L

Good information Dan!  As street leaders we have been trying prepare supplies but hadn't thought about the bookcase.

Dec 05, 2011 08:09 PM #1
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Dan.

That is a great advice...Being prepared is essential in this case.

Dec 05, 2011 09:27 PM #2
Diane Grady
Endless Summer Realty - Saint Augustine, FL

Makes good sense. We do not have to think about such things in Florida but there are many places that are now experiencing earth quakes in places where they have never in our life time been before. Amazing. Good advice for many!

Dec 05, 2011 09:57 PM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

I have always done this for folks with pets and children, you can also use a block of wood and screws through the back but make sure you screw into the wood framing behind the sheetrock to get a good hold.

Dec 05, 2011 10:06 PM #4
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Book cases falling over can do a lot of damage and cause injury.  Thank you all for stopping by and your comments, they are appreciated.

Dec 06, 2011 01:59 AM #5
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

Superb post Dan. As a matter of fact I just re-blogged it. This is great information for everyone in Northern California. Sometimes we tend to forget about securing free-standing furniture.

Dec 06, 2011 04:56 AM #6
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


 Great advice all the way around as it is bette to be safe than sorry.

Dec 06, 2011 05:58 AM #7
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Dan:
What a great idea to secure furnitures in your home.  Actually, regarless of where you live, this is a very practical solution.  We recently had a small earthquake in Northern New Mexico.  Folks here could use this excellent advice.

Dec 06, 2011 01:39 PM #8
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Dan good tips for those who live in earthquake country.  I was in SF during the 89 quake and was luckly only to have a few dishes fall out of a cabinet.

Dec 06, 2011 01:47 PM #9
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Good advice!  Not much chance of an earthquake here in Houston but we expect to move soon so it might be worth remembering.


Dec 06, 2011 02:29 PM #10
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Make sure you secure all tall furniture or it may fall over in an earthquake.

Dec 22, 2011 09:48 PM #11
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