Should furnaces be attached to the walls like water heaters?
Furnaces are required to be anchored in an approved manner which typically is per the approved manufacturer’s installation instructions. That usually involves screws or similar anchors connecting the furnace to the plenum boxes at the top and bottom of the furnace. In some cases it may also be connected by straps or similar material to the wall framing. If one chooses to add additional strapping, care must be taken to make sure the furnace is not damaged (as in piercing the combustion chamber, electronics, vents, fans, etc.). If possible check with the manufacturer about methods to better anchor the furnace (you don’t want to void any warranty).

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1. Does the City have information on what other homeowners have done to make their homes safer?
2. After what year of build date are most homes considered safe because of code requirements for seismic activity?
3. I live in a three story town home. What seismic improvements might it need?
4. If my home has high beamed ceilings, what supports if any is recommended?
5. Should furnaces be attached to the walls like water heaters?
6. Our wood stove sits in the middle of the room and has at least a 10 foot section of pipe to the ceiling. What recommendations are there to better resist earthquakes?
7. How are deck supports upgraded to earthquake standards?
8. Should I worry about trees, Doug firs, near my home in an earthquake?
9. Does Beaverton offer some sort of certification on the work that will be reflected in the property record for the benefit of a future sale?