Broken office chair

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Jim, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    This posting may be a little difficult to present clearly. I
    "had" a no-name office chair, at least I did until last Friday
    evening. This be a gas strut supported swivel chair that is
    height adjustable. Perhaps 10 years old.

    While turning slightly I suddenly found myself on the floor. The
    top bracket, a box shaped assembly to mate the chair to the gas
    strut portion had sheared.

    Hate to toss out the chair base/back unit as it is nearly perfect.
    Searching online (eBay) for replacement base assemblies show
    they run more than just buying a replacement chair.

    If anyone here has had similar experiences I'd like to learn some
    options.
     
    Jim, Oct 17, 2011
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    notbob Guest

    My killer office chair is headed down that road. I gotta disassemble
    it this week to discover what is failing. Right now, the loose
    side-to-side slack is increasing and I think something is gonna shear.
    I figure a stamped pressed metal post/plate something-or-other that's
    going. We'll see.

    nb
     
    notbob, Oct 17, 2011
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  3. Jim

    Twayne Guest

    Your fat ass needs to lose about 100 lbs.
     
    Twayne, Oct 18, 2011
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  4. Jim

    DD_BobK Guest

    Weld repair can be an option but caution must be exercised...... if
    the weld repair is in such a location as to heat the gas shock, maybe
    not such a good idea.

    Mass market chairs are designed for the average plus some small margin
    with respect to longevity.
    My neighbor came over the his gas shock chair plus the new seat bottom
    bracket.

    Unfortunately it looked like the gas shock & seat bracket were a press
    fit (or thermal fit) assembly with no way to disassemble.
    The chair mfr had given him a new bracket but it looks he really
    needed the shock / bracket assembly.

    His a big guy..... like 6' 4" & pushing 300 lbs.
    The chair was only ~ a year old.

    cheers
    Bob



    cheers
    Bob
     
    DD_BobK, Oct 18, 2011
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    Earl Guest

    I tossed mine out the front door into a snowbank.
     
    Earl, Oct 18, 2011
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  6. I'd make some phone calls, under "welding". See if a welding
    shop near you can patch that. Also, auto repair garages and
    muffler shops often have experienced welders. I have an
    office swivel chair that sheared off, and a fellow from auto
    repair shop welded it for me. Cost me $20, worth every penny
    of that. For the car mechanic, it was a change in the daily
    routine.

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    This posting may be a little difficult to present clearly.
    I
    "had" a no-name office chair, at least I did until last
    Friday
    evening. This be a gas strut supported swivel chair that is
    height adjustable. Perhaps 10 years old.

    While turning slightly I suddenly found myself on the floor.
    The
    top bracket, a box shaped assembly to mate the chair to the
    gas
    strut portion had sheared.

    Hate to toss out the chair base/back unit as it is nearly
    perfect.
    Searching online (eBay) for replacement base assemblies
    show
    they run more than just buying a replacement chair.

    If anyone here has had similar experiences I'd like to learn
    some
    options.
     
    Stormin Mormon, Oct 18, 2011
    #6
  7. Mine was twenty. Man, stuff is expnsive in NYS.

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    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
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    Take it to a muffler shop and have it welded back together.
    About ten bucks.
     
    Stormin Mormon, Oct 18, 2011
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  8. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Nice try but my BMI is well inside the normal range for my 6'4" frame
     
    Jim, Oct 18, 2011
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  9. Jim

    Guest

    I've found EXACTLY the same chair at two different "office supply"
    places - one at half the price of the other - so that is not always
    true.
    Same part numbers on the chair parts - one had a "big box" office
    supply name on it, the other in a plain box at a "real" office
    furniture store. The "big box" name was half the price but you needed
    to assemble it yourself (a five minute job) while the "real office
    supply store" assembled it for you (but the one on display had screws
    improperly assembled etc).

    Now perhaps it was not a "durable" chair -by some definition, which
    would make it overpriced at one store - perhaps it WAS a durable chair
    - which made it one heck of a deal at the other store.
     
    , Oct 18, 2011
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  10. The exact same thing happened to my chair, only I caught it before it
    collapsed. There was a 1-2" crack from one edge to a 1/2" hole. How
    can thick steel like that crack on a chair when wood holds up fine?
     
    larry moe 'n curly, Oct 19, 2011
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  11. Jim

    Robert Green Guest

    We've got a used office furniture warehouse here in DC that's been crammed
    to the gills lately as businesses all over town close up shop. I picked up
    a high back desk chair with what look like real walnut arms for $10 (it had
    some muck on the seat I had to clean off with solvent) and 3 legal Fireking
    2 drawer file cabinets for $75 each. Getting them up the stairs was quite a
    chore (they only do curbside or loading dock delivery). I used a handtruck
    and an electric winch and a friend and it still was nearly impossible.
    They're lined with concrete. I've been able to keep my favorite office
    chair alive through two base transplants. Chairs take an awful lot of
    repetitive stress at the post & plate.

    This is a good reminder to check all the plates for wear. You can break
    your neck if it fails in precisely the wrong way. Fortunately, the two
    times it's happened to me it was just a nasty surprise.
     
    Robert Green, Oct 19, 2011
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  12. Jim

    Guest

    Wood does not fatigue when it bends. Metal does. Steel can flex more
    than aluminum before it cracks - unless it is hard (work hardened) to
    start with. Cold stamped steel is work hardened and rather brittle
    -particularly no-spec recycled chinese scrap.
     
    , Oct 20, 2011
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  13. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Got the base welded back together today. Will delegate it as a
    spare part time use chair from now on.
     
    Jim, Oct 21, 2011
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    Nate Nagel Guest

    Care to tell a brother the name of the place? I could really use a new
    office chair, but the company that I work for is too damn cheap to buy a
    good one. It'd be worth it for me to drive the pickemup truck into the
    city if I could be assured of finding something decent.

    nate
     
    Nate Nagel, Oct 21, 2011
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  15. Jim

    Guest

    I fixed an armless office chair whose seat and back had worn out. I used two
    slabs of wood for the seat and back, and had the edges rounded. THen I got a
    "Windsor Chair Seat Cover" (covers back and seat) to cover up the wood.


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    , Oct 21, 2011
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    Robert Green Guest

    I had to look it up since I know where it is on sight (on the way back to my
    house from the Pentagon, which is how I chanced on it in the first place!)
    but not by address other than New York Ave.

    Washington Used Office Furniture
    1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 223-9241

    Be advised that like all other "good deal" places the best deals occur at
    random - which is why I would stop off once every week or two to see what
    new loads of stuff they got it. They seriously mark down stuff that's been
    around too long when new loads come in and with lousy economy, that seems to
    be pretty frequently. On the other hand, I've been there when nothing
    seemed like an exceptional deal but it's the place to go if you've got your
    own truck. BTW, the three Firekings were in perfect shape, and even came
    with a double set of keys for two of the three (the third had only one key).
    I was so astounded by the deal I got worried they contained asbestos, but
    the manufacturer says it's cement and so does my back! They're made of
    seriously thick steel, not like the typical sheet metal junk. Good hunting!
     
    Robert Green, Oct 21, 2011
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  17. Jim

    Nate Nagel Guest

    Thanks, I'll have to remember that. If I ever have free time.
    Hopefully they are open on Saturdays otherwise I'll never be able to
    make it there though unless I conveniently have to visit a job site in
    the city... (but that would be wrong)

    nate
     
    Nate Nagel, Oct 22, 2011
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  18. I would suggest going to a used office furniture dealer and getting a
    name brand used office chair for the price of a new Chicom chair and
    it will last for many years. With all the businesses that have closed
    down, there should be some very nice slightly used office furniture
    at the dealers. You may have to scrape the "Solar Energy Rules" stickers
    off the back of the chair but you can't beat the price and quality. ^_^

    TDD
     
    The Daring Dufas, Oct 22, 2011
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  19. Jim

    Robert Green Guest

    Just be warned. Like Goodwill, the good stuff goes fast. The friend that
    helped me winch the Firekings into my house went down the next day to buy
    the remaining units for himself but they were long gone. They are beautiful
    pieces with incredibly sturdy but easy gliding slide mechanisms. Only
    problem is they weight about 500 pounds each.

    Hmm, I might just take a spin down there next week. Now I have a
    handicapped van that "kneels" and has a ramp that folds down. Great for
    carrying heavy cargo like fire-proof file cabinets. The National Arborteum
    is just a short distance away. Make a weekend trip out of it. IIRC, they
    are open on Saturdays but I'd call first just to make sure. There's also a
    cheap motel nearby that has served as HQ for a number of serious criminal
    enterprises, so don't look like a tourist. It IS Washington, DC where only
    criminals carry handguns.
     
    Robert Green, Oct 22, 2011
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  20. Chinese don't have big butts. ^_^

    TDD
     
    The Daring Dufas, Oct 22, 2011
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