Near disaster and questions on finds

From: Russ Blakeman <>
Date: Thu Jul 30 11:09:58 1998

In addition to this great and sturdy idea, he may want to wrap poultry wire or a
similar item around the open ends of the shelves (in panels to still allow
access) so that when the big one comes in SF they won't be flung off the shelf
from the whipping action that occurs with the quake/plate slip. My ex brother in
law had his shop tolls done similarly (like a parts cage) and when he live at
Presidio the tools all stayed on the shelves, after a pretty hefty quake - the
one that nailed SF bad last time. Of course it doesn't prevent the building from
falling down on the collection and smahing everything flat.

Tim Shoppa wrote:

> > The other day I was mucking around in the room I store most (some,
> > according to my girlfriend 8^) of my collection, and all of a sudden one of
> > the shelves holding a bunch of Toshibas, collapsed. Luckily, I was there
> > and was able to keep them from crashing to the floor, but still...
> >
> > So, I guess my question is, how to others store their collection? Keep in
> > mind that I'm in San Francisco, and that Earthquakes are an issue. Thanks!
> What I like are the 48"x24"x72" "Industrial-duty" shelf units available
> from places like Home Depot. The ones I get are rated at 1500 lbs
> per shelf and have 5 shelves, and cost about US$70-$80 each.
> Earthquake preparedness is handled (to some extent) by anchoring the units to
> studs in the wall. If you're much above ground floor, though, this isn't
> going to stop the contents of the shelves being flung onto the floor
> (I was there for Loma Prieta and Northridge, so I know...). Putting
> bungee cords around the perimeter of each shelf is the standard way
> of dealing with keeping the contents on the shelf during the shaking,
> and seems to do fine with quakes of Northridge size and smaller.
> Of course, all the rack-mountable stuff goes into DEC H960's. The
> 960's are on casters and the hope is that they'll roll with an
> earthquake rather than toppling, as they aren't anchored to any walls.
> Tim.

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