Originally Posted by HomeAppraiser
My current entertainment center has a shelf where my old 30” wide 120lbs CRT rests. The shelf sticks out 6” from the tall side book shelfs but I am reluctant to just place it there on its own stand for fear stampeding kids would cause the 50” plasma to tip forward off the shelf. Is there any way to bracket or screw the stand down into the wood of my entertainment center?
Back in 2005 when i switched from a big Tube TV to a Plasma, i was very concerned that it might be easier to tip forward in an earthquake. The big '94 earthquake caused a lot of my neighbor's Tube TVs to fall forward off their tables and onto the floor - luckily mine stopped just short but it was hanging off the edge (but my table lamps, bookcase, and most of the contents of my bath and kitchen cabinets ended up on the floor). I've also seen a few news stories where a child pulled a Tube TV forward and it fell on top of him with deadly results. Since the Plasma is taller and narrower my perception was that it's top heavy and easy to tip forward, but it turned out that it's actually the opposite.
All three of my Plasmas are very difficult to tip forward on the supplied stand due to how much the stand's base projects forward. It was much easier for me to tip my old 27" and 32" tube TVs forward than any of my Plasmas. When you attempt to tip a Flat Panel TV forward, the cantilever effect of the stand actually lifts the weight of the TV up off the table so you're not just tipping it forward, you're also lifting 70-80-90 lbs worth of TV up and off the table as the front edge of the stand pivots up onto it's "tippy-toes". As soon as you start to pull it forward, the TV suddenly feels really heavy and resists your pulling.
A kid would have to literally grab the top with both hands and intentionally pull the TV over on top of him, and it takes a lot of force to do so. They look like they're easy to tip, but their weight is somewhat centered over the rear half of the stand which plants the stand onto the table top and makes it very difficult to pull forward. With the Tube TVs, most of the weight is located at the very front where the glass is and i could literally pull them forward with two fingers hooked over the top rear of the cabinet (i tested them), but those same two fingers are not strong enough to pull my plasmas forward. Try it on your existing Tube TV and see how easy it is to pull that beast foward. Then if you know anyone with a large Plasma or LCD sitting on a table stand, try the same trick and you'll immediately see what i mean. I demonstrate this at various friends' and family's homes when they bring up concerns about their new flat panel TV tipping over and they're usually pretty surprised at how much more stable their flat TV is than the Tube TVs elsewhere in the house.
If all else fails, you could always drill a few small holes through the rear of the plastic base and screw it to the table, or tethering it to the wall or entertainment center would give more peace of mind too.