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Diy Earthquake Brace For Tank Stand


mjbubbles

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Yes, you can buy special earthquake braces to attach furniture to the wall, but they cost $15 each. I decided to attach my tank stand to the wall using a DIY method that costs pennies. What you'll need for each brace: 1/4" x 3-3/4" lag thread screw eye to attach to the stud in your wall; a smaller screw eye to attach to the back of your wood stand; a small bungee cord or cable to attach the two pieces together.

A stud-finder and electric drill will also be helpful.

1. Use the stud-finder to locate the stud in the wall

2. drill a leader hole into the stud

3. Screw the big eye screw into the wall...this will take some muscle.

4. Screw the smaller eye screw into the back of the stand

5. Match up the 2 eye bolts, allow enough clearance behind the stand for your filter etc.

6. Use the bungee cord to attach the two pieces so there is some play, but not too much. You want the stand to rock a bit in an earthquake, but not topple over.

7. Repeat for each brace.

8. Hope you never have to test if this method works! :blink:

Here are some pictures:

Step 3 - http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/mjbubbles4/DSCN2959.jpg

Step 4 - http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/mjbubbles4/DSCN2960.jpg

Step 6 - http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/mjbubbles4/DSCN2961.jpg

finished project - http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/mjbubbles4/DSCN2963.jpg :angelstaf:

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I hope I never have to find out if this works, but I do feel more secure that I've done something.

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