Near disaster and questions on finds

From: Lawrence Walker <>
Date: Wed Jul 29 09:23:52 1998

On 30 Jul 98 at 11:09, Russ Blakeman wrote:

> 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.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> Russ Blakeman

 In Tim Robbins novel "Even Cowgirls" , the "Chink" quotes the Indians as
saying they knew the white man was crazy but not so completely bonkers
as to live in such a place when they had had demonstrations of the quakes

ciao larry
Received on Wed Jul 29 1998 - 09:23:52 BST

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