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  •  Office chairs can be repaired (7+ / 0-)

    Little did I know ...

    My wife has one of the office chairs with a gas cylinder and a five-legged plastic base with casters. One of the legs broke, so I just told her to go to Office Depot and get a new one - they're not that expensive.

    She did some online investigating. It turns out they're pretty standard. The shaft that supports the chair is just held in the base by a clip underneath. You take that off and the base comes off. In the base, there's a tapered bushing-like thingy - a tapered steel tube basically - that you have to pound out with a hammer unless you buy a new one one of those, too. The casters also pop out of the old base to be re-used.

    All this stuff is standard across a huge array of different models - there are actually web sites devoted to this kind of repair, with parts and illustrated instructions. She found a new base - chrome-plated - at for $40. Unfortunately, though, most of the bases online are over $100, and more than what a new chair would cost at Office Depot. There's a big selection between $50 and $150 or so. But then you could look around and see if you can dig up an old office chair to scavenge parts from, too.

    We're not saving much money, but it's still nice to fix something rather than throw it out and replace it. Especially office chars, when they're the right one, get to be like old friends when you spend a lot of hours in them every day. And so much stuff breaks around here, we've gotten in the habit of doing a lot of repairs.

    No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up - Lily Tomlin

    by badger on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 10:21:18 AM PST

    •  I got a $1000 chair that way (1+ / 0-)
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      my old boss broke the gas canister in his - he's a pretty big guy. It was still under warrantee, so the company sent him  a new one. I was ~160 lbs. at the time, and there was still enough oomph in it to support me so I asked for the old one. Cannibalized a gas can from an old chair at home, and I got a perfectly good chair out of it.

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      by Turbonerd on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 08:45:30 AM PST

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