Will an Emac Break my desk

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  1. brenton macrumors member

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    Hello Guys.

    I am moving into a new house and there in the hallway of my room is a desk built in the wall. it is attached to the wall and I dont think anything supports it but the wall. the emac is 50 pounds. Would the emac Make the table fall down and break. or do you think it wouldnt happen. The table isnt wood. its feels similar to
    hard plastic and is very big. would the emac break it do you think. thanks
     
  2. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    Find something that weighs about 50 pounds and put it on the desk and see what happens.
     
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  4. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    Just add some posts underneath it to make it stable enought ot hold the weight.
     
  5. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816

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    Not to be mean, but if it does I would absolutley love pictures!
     
  7. brenton thread starter macrumors member

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    Well We may get a new desk. so If it doesnt support it I will tear it down and build a better one. But It should work. thanks
     
  8. candan9019 macrumors regular

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    Getting a new desk is probably a good idea. And it's probably cheaper than fixing an eMac.
     
  9. varmit macrumors 68000

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    Sit on it, I'm sure you weight more than 50 pounds, so it holds you, or at least half your weight if you just lean on it, then its all good. Didn't anyone tell you how much weight could be put on the table or no one told you anything about it.
     
  10. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    an emac's not like a 50lb weight; it's more spread out so i imagine it'd be more likely to support it, but yeah, test it first. my desk supports it fine but when i type really hard it shakes so that makes me pretty uncomfortable with a 50lb thing sitting in the middle. just something to consider.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    If it does hold the weight, I'd be more concerned about the depth front to back. Many "telephone desks" are 18" - 24" or so front to back; this is not enough room for the eMac and your keyboard and mouse in front of it.

    > Didn't anyone tell you how much weight could be put on the table..?

    LOL Yeah, sue the seller or landlord for failing to provide complete specifications for the house. How do you know if the desk is Mac Compatible if they don't even state whether it meets JEDEC standards :D

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  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Two different questions.
    1) The weight sitting in the middle as opposed to distributed addresses the stiffness of the desk/shelf top material (whether it will warp)
    2) The 50 lb. overall weight addresses whether the brackets holding it on the wall will shear off or bend, regardless how the weight is distributed.

    I think that brenton was more concerned about #2.

    If the brackets holding up the desk are sufficient, you can increase the stiffness by screwing a strip of hardwood (oak is good) across the bottom of the desk as a reinforcing cleat. For maximum stiffness, the cleat should be oriented as a vertical rectangle (upright), rather than horizontal (flat). You can also screw a similar reinforcement to the front edge of the desk/shelf if it is a flat front edge.
     
  13. aussie_geek macrumors 65816

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    String it up

    You could always consider hanging it from the roof... :p

    aussie_geek
     
  14. brenton thread starter macrumors member

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    PICTURES

    alright. here are some pictures of the desk

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  15. Guitarius macrumors 6502a

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    This is coming from a carpenter:

    Yes, that desk will hold that weight, and much, much more.
     
  16. benwa02 macrumors 6502

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    ya I think that will work. atleast it looks like it will.
    just try applying some pressure to it to see how sturdy it really is.
     
  17. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I must say that "hard plastic" looks terribly woodish to me from below.
     
  18. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    That will hold an eMac with no difficulty. I would paint it white though, so they match...;)
     
  19. Guitarius macrumors 6502a

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    What it is, they made the wood desk, and skinned it off with some veneer. It's a shame how cheaply houses are being made these days.
     
  20. daveL macrumors 68020

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    How do you expect someone to answer this question, other than taking a guess? Why not put something else that approximates 50LB on the desk and test it? This kind of problem requires a post to an Internet forum?
     
  21. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    Totally unrelated to the thread but a family friend was driving her toyota 4wd around the other day, doing about 40kph, when the whole front just collapsed. Like the wheels were all funny angles and the front of the car on the ground, kind of like a bike losing its front wheel. scary! Of course, it's all hushed up and pictures shouldn't be shown but picture it in your mind!
     

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