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Old 09-13-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
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I live in Kansas and if you haven't heard we've been experiencing our fair share of earthquakes in the past few years. The most recent was a 5.8 that was about 90miles from where I live. Before that most were fairly mild 4's that we could feel here.

In any case, I've read a little about one of the biggest issues during an earthquake is the water heater falling over and flooding/catching the house on fire. With that said, I've looked into the straps they sell to help prevent this, but I seem to see anything from straps that are about $15 to straps that are $50+ to people just wrapping the tanks with the perforated metal plumbers tape.

Can anyone recommend the best method and/or suggest a strap that should work well? I figure even at $50, it's cheap insurance. For what it's worth, my tank is a 50 gallon Bradford White and it sits in a corner with a 2x4 non load bearing wall and a concrete block, cells filled with steel and concrete half wall. I'm guessing the concrete block wall would be the ideal wall to secure this to.
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Check your ACE Hardware store for 1/8" or 3/16"Wire Rope or Cable sold by the foot and a various assortment of attachment ends.
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Check your ACE Hardware store for 1/8" or 3/16"Wire Rope or Cable sold by the foot and a various assortment of attachment ends.
That's an idea I hadn't thought of. You wouldn't worry about the cable cutting into the tank during shaking?
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That's an idea I hadn't thought of. You wouldn't worry about the cable cutting into the tank during shaking?
I wouldn't because in my estimation if it did the house would have already shook to the dirt and that would be the least of your concerns.
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I wouldn't because in my estimation if it did the house would have already shook to the dirt and that would be the least of your concerns.
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California calls out a relatively heavy guage strapping... can't recal exactly.. and that may be why your cost varience.

And nothing wrong with some designed wire rope etc... but the manufactured for water heater strapping will have a nice tightening mechanism... and kinda looks more "professional"/cleaner if your water heater is in maybe a neat clean garage/ or for resale etc.
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I'll put my clove hitch up against any manufacturers strapping for purdy any day and raise 2 bucks.

And I may even use my home made rope. Woah, it not fire proof and may be against one of them there codes.
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I'll put my clove hitch up against any manufacturers strapping for purdy any day and raise 2 bucks.
Senior.... I have no doubt about the quality of your work.... I'll bet you two to 1 that YOUR rope looks better that the $50 strapping.

and maybe the OP will be equally proficient.

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Thanks for the ideas, the cable would definitely be a quick/easy way to secure it. Since there are no codes that I'm aware of around here for strapping a tank, shouldn't have to worry about that either. I'm just trying to be proactive. Anything is obviously better than nothing, heck even the rope would probably work and if the house catches fire, I'm hoping I'm long gone....
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