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Old 02-25-2016, 01:01 AM   #1
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Securing a Printer While Rig is in Motion?

I changed my dinette and adjacent open space to a desk and print/copy center. Any ideas for securing my printers, a large Canon photo printer and a multifunction scanner, coppier and printer? I don't want to move them to the floor or other location as I have a bad back and that photo printer is heavy.
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Use door knob wall bumpers and glue them to the desk in the location the feet of the printer would be. Place printer feet in the bumpers and strap it down. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Just non skid pads work under DW's latte machine and toaster oven on the counter. I don't see why a printer would be different.
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How about setting it on a piece of the soft non skid shelf liner so it won't slide, then put a couple of small eye or ring screws into the desktop on either side of it, so you can hook a small bungee cord over it?

It won't be as secure as many people would be comfortable with, but better than just sitting there with nothing holding it down.......

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Nomad Mike-

You didn't say how far the equipment would have to fly to hit you in the back of the head during a panic stop. :-oo

I'm with the folks who say to strap it down- preferring a solid strap over a bungie cord.

Don't forget that scanners and some printers come with internal lock-downs, designed to prevent things such as the scan head from moving during device transport. The instruction manual will tell you about this in the "unpacking your scanner/printer" section. For an added measure of security (and perhaps to prevent premature equipment failure), you can choose to reactivate these lock-downs between uses.
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How about these? One of several types available.

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You didn't say how far the equipment would have to fly to hit you in the back of the head during a panic stop. :-oo

I'm with the folks who say to strap it down- preferring a solid strap over a bungie cord.

Don't forget that scanners and some printers come with internal lock-downs, designed to prevent things such as the scan head from moving during device transport. The instruction manual will tell you about this in the "unpacking your scanner/printer" section. For an added measure of security (and perhaps to prevent premature equipment failure), you can choose to reactivate these lock-downs between uses.
About 3 feet to the back of the DW's head. Oh wait, that seat is empty but that very valuable windshield is next. But if it flies that far, I've got more serious problems going on.

Lots of great ideas here, I will look over them all and get onto Amazon. The desktop is hollow, so eye bolts will only work if I put them all the way through the desktop and bolted with a fat washer on the bottom. Not out of the question.

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Our HP all-in-one stays put on a counter top in the bedroom with a sheet of the non-slip shelf liner under it. No straps or tie-downs. I've had to get on the brakes pretty hard a few times and the machine hasn't moved.
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Velcro.

Buy it by the roll from Home Depot or Office Depot.
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X2 on the velcro.
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Our HP all-in-one stays put on a counter top in the bedroom with a sheet of the non-slip shelf liner under it. No straps or tie-downs. I've had to get on the brakes pretty hard a few times and the machine hasn't moved.
Is this the stuff your talking about: BBB
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Velcro.

Buy it by the roll from Home Depot or Office Depot.
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X2 on the velcro.
I have some rolls of velcro, but I'm not sure it will work. The photo printer has four rubber feet in contact with the desk, the rest is elevated. I don't have them with me yet to confirm the heights.
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The non skid stuff works well but a panic stop can make all move so just get a long strap clamp from harbor freight as they can hold 1000 pounds and they are cheap.

When you get ready to roll just take the strap around the bottom of the table and over the top of the printer with a pillow on top of it and just pull it tight enough to compress the pillow.

The printer will not move and no marks.
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The non skid stuff works well but a panic stop can make all move so just get a long strap clamp from harbor freight as they can hold 1000 pounds and they are cheap.

When you get ready to roll just take the strap around the bottom of the table and over the top of the printer with a pillow on top of it and just pull it tight enough to compress the pillow.

The printer will not move and no marks.
My only problem with this is that the desk is hard mounted to the floor and I left no space against the walls to run a strap.

I already use straps to hold in the drawers by adding a bracket to the top inside and bottom inside. Every drawer lock I tried would either not fit or just not work. The straps do the trick. I also use straps for my desk chair and Euro chair that came with the rig. These do work well.

I may have to add anchor points to the desktop, but its a hollow desk top which is nice and light but not strong enough to hold a screwed in anchor.

The 3M glued anchors mentioned by PAZ may work, they make a stronger set for up to 400 pounds, if I use 4 of them.
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