Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to Secure Marble Column to a Wall by Using an Eye Hook

Finish job
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Eye hooks (2)
Electrical lineman pliers
Smooth coiled wire 12.5-Gauge   

Mrs. Applewash saw my new advertisement in the PennySaver USA for Ontario, California. She had heard the Los Angeles area was due for an earthquake.  She also had a tiler install a new marble flooring in her living room. She was worried that the column would fall and destroy her beautiful new floor.

This blog shows the four steps to securing a marble column, and to prevent the column from breaking your marble flooring.

Step 1: Fig.1 and fig.2 shows the top and the bottom of the marble columns. The coiled wire has been placed at the top and the bottom of this column.
Fig.1 Marble column
Fig.2 Marble column
Step 2: Fig.3 and fig.4 shows the attachment an eye hook into the wood studs at the top and the bottom of the same stud. Hang the eye bolt in a vertical line behind the marble column.
Fig.3 Eye hook
Fig.4 Stranded wire
Step 3: Fig.5 shows a light tension of the wire attached to the column. The idea is like earthquake straps that attach television sets to the wall and prevent it from tipping over. This will hold the marble column in place, the earthquake comes and goes and the column has not hit the floor.
Fig.5 Bottom view
Step 4: Above top right fig.6 shows marble column with its decorative brass ornaments. Best of all the hook can not be seen from the front. Its tight enough to the wall that the hooks are covered up too. That what Mrs. Applewash wanted beauty but without destroying her artwork. 

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