Question: Several years ago I read in your column about an automatic gas shut-off valve for earthquakes above a certain magnitude. In light of the Oct. 1 earthquake, could you run this item again?
Answer: I checked with the supplier mentioned in the original column and he doesn't handle this device. I checked with several other firms and finally found a source. Burke Engineering, 9700 Factorial Way, South El Monte, stocks earthquake shut-off valves in half-inch and three-quarter-inch sizes. The cost is about $30 and Burke's telephone number is 818/579-6763. If there are other suppliers out there, please drop me a line and I'll list you too.
IN THE MAIL: Meredith Corp., publisher of the excellent Wood magazine aimed at home woodworkers, is introducing a new subscription-based national bimonthly magazine called Weekend Woodworking Projects. Each 24-page, $4.95 issue will have six or seven projects that can be completed in a weekend, naturally!
Why the new magazine? The folks at Meredith learned through market research that 50% of home woodworkers spend one to five hours a week in their workshops. Small-scale projects are the kind favored by many wood workers. Meredith publishes 28 other magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Metropolitan Home and Ladies' Home Journal, and figured one more magazine would cover a hitherto untapped market.