Near disaster and questions on finds

From: Charles E. Fox <>
Date: Fri Jul 31 07:34:13 1998

At 04:25 PM 7/29/98 -0700, you 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...
>Upon closer inspection, it looks like the shelf with (some of) the GRiD's
>is about ready to go as well. These are those metal shelves you get at
>Target for $8 on sale.
>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!
        I have constructed several sets of low cost storage racks by assembling
rectangles of 2x4s, 4 per rack.
        The verticles are notched to a depth of 3/4" to take the ends of the
horizontal 2x4s. The height of the notch should be a close fit on your
particular 2x4s.
        If you can use full size sheets of 3/4" sheathing plywood, the length of
the horizontal 2x4s should be 49 1/2" to allow for the depth of the notch,
and eliminate problems fitting the shelves.
        Rectangles can be assembled with nails or wood screws, but I screw the
shelves to the horizontal 2x4s for greater strength.
        Spacing of shelves is determined by the size of the stuff you want to
store. I use three shelves per rack, which gives you 128 sq. ft. including
the floor under the bottom shelf.
        While they haven't suffered an earthquake yet, they are supporting a lot
of computers, movie projectors, and other stuff, and were very economical
to build.

                                                                        Charlie Fox
Received on Fri Jul 31 1998 - 07:34:13 BST

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