Yes - you remember the earthquake,
but what have you done since then to mitigate your situation?
My name is Shelly (Sheldon) Perluss and I'm a building contractor
who has seen more than 5000 homes - all from underneath. My
company, Cal-Quake Construction Inc. is a specialty construction
company whose focus is construction methods for earthquake
mitigation to existing buildings - a fancy way of saying Cal-Quake
My family and I live in a 1927, 2 bedroom bungalow in the
Hollywood area. Since 1/17 I have spent more than $15,000.00
retrofitting my home.
$15,000.00! - Money I would rather have spent on a
vacation or a new car or even on painting the outside of my
home. Earthquake retrofitting isn't sexy, it doesn't give
you two extra square feet of useable space, nor does it make
your home look any better - BUT - after the next earthquake
I'll be able to aid all those who decided to paint or go on
It's hard reality, but to me when the choice is a home that
could fall off it's foundation or a safe home... well the
choice should be easy!
Mobile Home Owners - Some Free Advice
Most damage that a mobile home suffers during an earthquake
is a result of it falling off its supports. To reduce this
damage, leave the wheels on to limit its fall.
Check the foundation to make sure that it has been reinforced
and that the undercarriage has been securely tied to the foundation.
Without this, the mobile home may be thrown off its foundation
even during a small tremor.
Tie double-wide mobile homes together. The two units are
generally of different weights. When an earthquake strikes,
they tend to react differently and pull apart. The X-bracing
system is preferred for its greater resistance to lateral
Structural support bracing systems are commercially available.
Designs and costs vary, but a good bracing system can be a
very worthwhile investment. In September, 1985, regulations
became effective requiring the Department of Housing and Community
Development to certify earthquake resistant bracing systems
for mobile homes. The sale or installation of systems not
certified by the Department is unlawful. All certified bracing
systems are required to bear a label indicating the manufacturer's
name, the product name, the model number, and a statement
that indicates "this system complies with the California
Administrative Code, Title 25, Chapter 2, Article 7.5".
If you are interested in a seismic bracing system, contact
your mobile home owner's association or Cal-Quake at
This column has been pieced together for you by Sheldon Perluss,
owner of Cal-Quake Construction Inc. Shelly is a licensed
contractor and has been in the earthquake retrofitting business
for 15 years. His company, Cal-Quake Construction, has retrofitted
over 4000 homes. He can be reached at 323-931-2969 or Shelly@cal-quake.com.