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- From: "Greg Smith" <strusup(--nospam--at)gte.net>
- Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 09:06:54 -0600
Assuming that it hangs from the ceiling by a chain, you could weld the links to make it a rigid chain but would have to remember "that a chain is only as strong as.........." Greg -----Original Message----- From: William Keil <WJK(--nospam--at)brph.com> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org' <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org> Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 6:50 AM Subject: RE: Swinging Chandelier? > > >< I have a client who wants to hang a very expensive chandelier in a >clerestory >tower above the foyer of a clubhouse. I suggested installing guy wires or >thin cables at four points on the piece to stabilize it during an >earthquake. > >I agree. Nylon cable (looks similar to lines used for fishing rods) will >likely be more transparent than wires. Anything will look terrible if >somebody doesn't go up and clean the cables. >< I am in Seismic Zone 4 and within 15 km of the San Andreas fault. >The chandelier designer would rather not install the guy wires as it may >detract from the appearance. > >Has the designer ever experienced an earthquake? Is the designer aware of >the devastation an earthquake can cause? Stand your ground. If all else >fails have the designer find another professional to hang the chandelier and >get it approved by the code officials. >< Furthermore, if it is not free to move as a one-piece sculpture it may >clack against itself, break apart, and fall on the folks below. > >IMO, this will happen even if you only have one support. Providing the >cables gives the system redundancy if the main support beam fails during an >earthquake. These cables might offer the precious seconds needed so the >occupants can move to a relatively more safe location inside the clubhouse. > >William J. Keil, P.E. >
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