Computer Chair Wobbling

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  1. BrokenDaily

    BrokenDaily MDL Junior Member

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    I got some stuff from ace hardware to fix some cracks I saw on the base of my chair, but for some reason its wobbling, and probably because of whats shown here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zrkdycxpqh0gj17/Chair1.jpg?dl=0

    when I raise the seat by the lever on the side, I tend to keep it unlocked so I can move it around, but this also causes that part to raise up, and too much moving around will unbalance the chair until I can fit it back in place and use my own weight to push it back down

    is this normal and I should deal with it, or can I put some putty or something in there to keep it in place and my chair won't wobble so bad again
     
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  2. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    get a new chair
     
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  3. PointZero

    PointZero MDL Addicted

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    Joe C's advice will definitely fix the issue. :D

    You can see in your photo that there are small stress fractures in the top of the tube where the plastic insert fits. That's why it's loose. Your chair really is just worn out.

    But here's what you could try: Pull the plastic part out as far as possible, mix up some 2-part epoxy glue then put a lot of it all around the inside of the top part of the tube. Then jam the plastic part back down, flip the chair upside down so the glue pools around the top area and let it harden overnight.

    It would probably be just a temporary fix but would give you more time to shop and get a new one. :)
     
  4. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    PointZero's fix will work.

    See if you can find the company that makes the chair and see if they sell replacement parts.
    If the chair was expensive, then it's worth the effort.

    If not, then, as Joe C said, it's time to treat yourself to a new chair. ;)
     
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  5. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    altough PointZero have one good alternative but the best solution is one new chair
     
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  6. BrokenDaily

    BrokenDaily MDL Junior Member

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    ill try pointzero's solution, maybe see about using some other product that would work, but I only had this chair for a few years, and I didnt even buy it, my dad did

    ill consider a new chair when the thing starts breaking to the point where I CAN'T Ignore it if I tried anymore, maybe replacement parts, but until then, thanks guys
     
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  7. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Buy a new gas lift, significantly cheaper than a new chair, just remove the old one and insert the new one between base and chair

    Bit of a PITA to remove the old one from the chair sometimes (Wooden mallet and patience)

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    #9 Joe C, Sep 14, 2017
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    I replaced the gas lift on one of my chairs before.... your going to need something better than a wooden mallet, a sledge hammer and patience to continue beating the snot of the bottom to get the gas cylinder to let go of the chair's base. Best to get an OEM part from the manufacture, that info is usually on a tag on the bottom of the chair, call or write them. Expect to cough up around $20. for the cylinder.
    I still got less than a year after the time and trouble to fix the chair. That's the reason I stated to get a new chair
    IMHO, If you buy a cheap chair, then do not be surprised that you'll end up with .....a cheap chair
     
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  10. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Took a wooden mallet & patience to get mine out, replaced it with a 250kg lift, still going strong today, cost £12.99 instead of £150 for a new chair
     
  11. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Had to beat mine out... refused to let go
     
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  12. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    Easies, fastest and cheapest solution: Wobble with it.

    Guaranteed to work.
     
  13. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    That only works if your a weeble
     
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  14. dhjohns

    dhjohns MDL Guru

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    Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down!
     
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  15. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    Take up drinking to fix a wobbling chair?

    :rofl:
     
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  16. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    Well, I have a swiveling chair and I swivel with it. Other people have a rocking chair and they rock with it. So I don't see anything wrong in wobbling with a wobbling chair.
     
  17. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    Weebles don't need a wobbling chair to wobble. In fact, it's bad for them, as they might fall from it and lose their "un-falling" reputation.
     
  18. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Are you proud that you beat up a defenseless chair you chair beater you !
     
  19. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Yes...
    And after I had my way with that chair I ended up selling it to a slave handler (goes by the name of "waste disposal")
     
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  20. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Up Next:
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