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Re: [ARSCLIST] Earthquake proofing 78s

Hi Cary:

One thing to consider. Based on your description, it would take a pretty devasting earthquake to wipe out your 78's. It seems like it would wipe out just about everything else you own and care about. Will the 78's even matter at that point? Short of a spring-suspension bunker, I'm not sure there's much a mere mortal can do about something bulky, heavy and fragile like thousands of 78's if they live in an earthquake zone. But keep reading, because there are probably resources out there where you can get a lot more knowledge than most or all of us on this list have.

One practical suggestion would be keep everything low to the ground, in other words spread your collection wide rather than high, with a low center of gravity, but that won't help either if the whole building comes down. Out in California, try befriending some local disaster-preparedness folks. They might have some unique insights and printed material to learn from. You could also check your local library or even obscure or non-obscure state internet sites and see what sort of building guidelines and regulations are out there. I would imagine what would work for something sensitive like a power plant or natural gas terminal would work for a record collection, I'm not being flip here. A state like CA with a huge bureaucracy must have all sorts of published reports and data from which you can gain ideas.

Good luck in your research. I just got a vision of a "collection annex" made out of an old shipping container, on springs on concrete pilings and half-buried in sand. I'm no physicist so I have no idea if I just described a resonating chamber or a good idea!

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Cary Ginell" <soundthink@xxxxxxx>
To: <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 6:46 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Earthquake proofing 78s

I've been on this list quite a few years now, but this subject has never come up. What are the best ways to earthquake-proof your record collection? - especially 78s. I implore everyone that I am dead serious, so?PLEASE no flippant remarks for this thread. I'm looking for some meaningful solutions. Right now, my record shelves are all bolted to each other and to studs in the walls of my house - 95% of my 78 collection is sitting on a concrete slab (my garage floor). The records are all 1" to 1 1/2" from the edge of the shelves, but I'm thinking about stringing piano wire or some other system across each length of shelving to keep records from moving outward in case of extreme shaking. Of course, if the quake they are forecasting for us here in So. Cal. is as strong as they say it will be, all of this might be moot, since the entire house might be flattened, but in case we have a 6-7 strength quake (which is more likely), I'd like to prevent damage as best as I can. In the 19!
94 quake, the shelves held firm but all my CDs, which were not anchored done, toppled onto the floor, with only damage caused to a few jewel boxes. Collectable bric-a-brac (commemorative glassware, old radios, and other 3D memorabilia) is secured to shelf tops with Quake Hold putty, which seems to hold pretty well. It's the open shelves I'm most concerned with. Stringing piano wire will make things a little cumbersome relating to the retrieving of records, so I'm thinking of some kind of latch system where I can "unlock" each shelf and mount the wire on a clip or a post until I'm through with the records in that section. Those of you who work in record archives might have some helpful comments about this, but I think private collectors would appreciate inexpensive solutions in addition to the archival measures taken by formal archiving organizations.

Cary Ginell
Origin Jazz Library

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