Secure Your Television For An Earthquake

TELEVISION
VALUE $1,200
CONSEQUENCES BROKEN TELEVISION, INJURY, DEATH
FIX NEEDED SHAKE STRAP OR MOUNTING BRACKET
COST TO FIX $20.00-$200 (Buy)

Secure Your Television For An Earthquake Or Get Rid of It
Your TV can be safely secured to a wall, an entertainment center, or a table.

If you want to secure your TV to a wall, your entertainment center or a table, you will need nylon earthquake furniture straps designed for a TV and a drill or screw driver.

If you have a flat screen TV with wall mounting hardware, that stuff will keep your TV safe. You will not need television straps. Your television comes with instructions on how to attach the mounting bracket to the wall.

TOOLS:

  • stud-finder
  • pencil
  • drill or screw driver
  • 2 nylon earthquake furniture straps OR wall mounting hardware
  • a footstool

HOW TO SECURE A TV TO A WALL WITH STRAPS FOR AN EARTHQUAKE:
1. Attach furniture straps to your television:

  • Attach furniture straps to television with at least an inch and a half of give to allow for shaking.
  • New televisions now come with screw holes for attaching such straps. If yours does not have these, use nylon straps that have Velcro attachments at one end.
  • Use two furniture straps at either edge for even weight distribution.

2. Then attach the straps to the wall

  • Use your stud finder to find wall studs and mark their location with a pencil.
  • Drill a 5/32” pilot hole through wallboard and into a stud at least 2” deep. Position so the strap lines up from wall stud to television stand.
  • Line hole in steel plate up over drilled hole, leaving a bit of slack.
  • Insert screw through hole in steel plate and into pilot hole. Tighten screw into wall stud until plate and screw are flush against wall.

3. To keep your television from tipping backwards, anchor it using a bit of earthquake putty.

  • Pinch a piece of earthquake putty and roll it into a ball between your fingers.
  • Make a few more
  • Lift your TV up slightly, and press the balls of putty on flat surfaces on the base.
  • Gently lower the TV back down and allow putty to set for 72 hours.

HOW TO SECURE A TV TO A TABLE OR TV STAND FOR AN EARTHQUAKE:
1. Position TV on the tabletop in the desired location.

2. The Velcro fasteners should be placed near the middle of the back of the TV. Use an alcohol pad to clean where you will attach the Velcro fasteners. Let it dry completely.

3. Remove paper from the back of the Velcro and place adhesive on the back of the television. Do not touch the adhesive. Press firmly and hold for a few minutes.

4. Attach the other end of the strap to your TV stand after cleaning the surface first with alcohol and letting dry completely.

5. Make sure to leave some slack in the strap, and press down using your palm to make it stick good.

6.To keep your television from tipping backwards, anchor it using a bit of earthquake putty.


Secure Your TV for An Earthquake So You Can Watch The Game
HOW TO SECURE A TV TO AN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER FOR AN EARTHQUAKE:
1. Position flat screen tv in your entertainment center in the desired location.2. Clean the spot where the Velcro fasteners should be placed near the middle of the back of the TV with alcohol wipes. Let dry thoroughly.3. Remove paper from the Velcro and place adhesive on the back of the television. Do not touch the adhesive. Press firmly and hold for a few minutes.4. Attach the other end of the strap to either the wall or your entertainment center.

5. Allow adhesive attachments to cure for 72 hours without moving it.

HOW TO SECURE A FLAT SCREEN TV TO A WALL WITH MOUNTING HARDWARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE:
1. Purchase a TV bracket that fits your television and can support its weight. Most flat screen televisions now ship with mounting hardware appropriate for them.

2. Mount the bracket to the television.

  • Remove any base or support pieces from your television if they are already attached.
  • Lay your unplugged television on a soft surface face-down.
  • Your flat screen television has four threaded holes in back specifically for mounting it on a bracket and instructions to attach them correctly.
  • Center the bracket in the middle of the back of your television.
  • Attach the mounting bracket with bolts that came with it. Place the bracket on the back of your television so that the holes in the bracket align with the four holes in the back of your television.
  • Tighten the bolts so the bracket is flush and immobile. If needed, place a washer between each screw and mounting bracket hole to secure a snug fit.

3. Attach the bracket to the wall.

  • Find wall studs with a stud finder and mark their location with a pencil.
  • Take the larger piece of your mounting bracket and place it on the wall lined up with the studs you have just marked.
  • While holding the bracket to the wall, screw the bolts into the wall where you marked the studs. You will need to pre-drill holes if you plan to screw the bolts in by hand to avoid cracking the studs, or you can use a drill with a screwdriver head to drill the bolts directly into the studs.
  • Hang your television on the bracket and tighten down the nuts attaching the TV to the bracket.
  • Test your mounted television’s sturdiness before letting go. If it wobbles, tighten down the various screws until it is stable.
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