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  1. #1
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    Default Seismic Turnbuckle

    Found this today and thought I would share. This is one end of the water heater earthquake strap with a home made tension adjustment.

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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Seismic Turnbuckle

    With considerable shaking or rocking those hooks look like they could come unhooked since they are not crimped closed. Just a thought. Seismic straps are not required in my part of the country.

    Galen L. Beasley
    Inspections Supervisor
    Housing Authority of Kansas City MO

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Seismic Turnbuckle

    Straps need to be anchored with 1/4 inch by 3 inch lag bolts with washers into the studs. I've inspected close to 1500 water heaters and have never seen someone try it like this.

    Don Martin, ACI
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: Seismic Turnbuckle

    Someone gets a "B" for creativity and an "F" for reality. That is not correct.


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