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Topic # 115649 2-Apr-2013 17:45
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I have some 5 year old Bravia's that came with a purpose built strap and screws to secure the TV to your TV cabinet so it won't fall over.

But a TV that a family member got recently (a 40" Bravia LED) it says in the instructions to get two wood screws and some "strong cord" (all not supplied) to stop the TV falling over. Seems a bit cheap.




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  Reply # 791835 2-Apr-2013 17:54
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5 years ago you paid a lot more for a TV.
Today, you'll pay $1500 (maximum) for a 40" Sony, so they have to save money somewhere...
The only brand with an anti-tilt strap is Panasonic, but they may drop it for 2013 to save a few more cents?

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  Reply # 791838 2-Apr-2013 18:00
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Yes. It was a bit weird unboxing the new Samsung 46" to find no tether strap. thankfully a g clamp sorted the problem out.




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  Reply # 791854 2-Apr-2013 18:42
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It should really be law that they are provided. They can be very dangerous with young children, and if not provided, people are likely to forget about installing them. NZ is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff country, so it will likely take someone getting injured or killed for it to change.

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  Reply # 791858 2-Apr-2013 18:48
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Probably a combination of a few factors

1 cost cutting by manufacturers
2 TVs are much much thinner and therefore lighter now than 5 years ago, so much less dangerous if/when they do fall. My new 46 inch Sony Bravia weighs less than half of the weight of my 5 year old 32 inch. If my 46 inch tv fell on my toddler it might hurt but I doubt it would do any serious damage.
3 a larger proportion of people wall mount their TVs, rendering these components useless items for those people.

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  Reply # 791863 2-Apr-2013 19:02
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SInce the quakes in CHCH we use some old leather belts... they work great.. one each side and can bunkle them up.. better then g clamp and wont scratch anything..

so I say buy a couple of belts and wrap around the base legs and around the cabinet lid

works bettter if you have one of the tv cabinets with a glass or lid on small feet though like we have

which looks like this (sadkly site wont keep spaces proportional!)
           TV on top here
=======================
I GAP here 2inches                I
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= [ draw          ][ draw          ]=
= ===== ================= The cabinet is grey colour
= DVRS etc here                    =
=                                        =
========================
[] feet                              [] feet

but if not should be easy to screw the straos on top

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  Reply # 791977 2-Apr-2013 21:55
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NonprayingMantis: Probably a combination of a few factors

1 cost cutting by manufacturers
2 TVs are much much thinner and therefore lighter now than 5 years ago, so much less dangerous if/when they do fall. My new 46 inch Sony Bravia weighs less than half of the weight of my 5 year old 32 inch. If my 46 inch tv fell on my toddler it might hurt but I doubt it would do any serious damage.
3 a larger proportion of people wall mount their TVs, rendering these components useless items for those people.


That is true that they are lighter. Perhaps that is the reason why LED ones that sony sell don't come with a strap, although I am pretty sure in the instructions it says to tie it down with a wire on the back where there is a hole. Personally mine is on a high shelf, and I don't have it secured, but it seems relatively stable. I didn't secure it beucase I didn't have anything to secure it with at the time .If there is an earth quake large enough to knock it over, I am sure that the TV will be the least of the problems.



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  Reply # 792791 3-Apr-2013 23:00
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Well it seems a bit risky in a country like NZ, particularly given ChCh. I know that modern TVs are probably lighter and so forth, but I've seen a 55" Sony LED TV and it is still pretty big, even though it's thinner.

I know someone who has a 40" and 55" and will make sure they get it sorted so they're safe.




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  Reply # 792793 3-Apr-2013 23:06
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mattwnz: It should really be law that they are provided. They can be very dangerous with young children, and if not provided, people are likely to forget about installing them. NZ is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff country, so it will likely take someone getting injured or killed for it to change.


Unfortunately that happened to a parent during one of our earthquakes.

Ive got two Panasonic plasmas, 42 and 50. Never fell in any of our big shakes. They are heavy, but the base is large, and front prominent, so would need to tilt over 45 degrees to topple. Quite impressed. I was actually home in the June 6.4, watched the 50 wobble, and my 650cc m/bike fall over

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  Reply # 792913 4-Apr-2013 08:53
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I've had a Panasonic 32" for a few years...never installed the strap, never seen the telly do anything other than wobble a bit when the kids were a lot younger and prone to shaking things.

Like the person above stated - it'd take a 45deg tilt to make it fall over, at least.





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  Reply # 792929 4-Apr-2013 09:18
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Not everyone will use a strap. My TV's secured to the wall with a bracket so strong a 100kg man can hang off it with no damage at all. I had to rebuild the wall to make it strong enough, mostly because some genuis had made it with 3x2s and it was a patchwork of old gib.




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