Recently, while in California, I was asked about the best way to secure Vandercooks to prevent their movement during an earthquake. I hadn’t given any thought to this before. The facilities head at one institution doesn’t want to bolt them to the concrete floor, and faculty wants to be able to move them around the studio as needed. In conversation with the safety officer, I was told that earthquake motion is variable. Shock waves can ripple horizontally and cause objects to jump. One thought was to block them in with angle iron brackets. The piece in the photo is just what we had on hand for a visual. Has anyone had to secure a press for earthquakes?
Vandercooks vs Earthquakes