The Saga Continues Ad Infinitum

Okay, so here’s the summary of my chair saga for those not caught up.  (Although I’m not sure anyone is following this or even cares.  From an engineering point of view, I’m fascinated, but maybe that’s just me.  Whatever.  It’s my blog.  I can’t cartoon or Photoshop with my chair out of commission, so there we are.):

Attempt 1
Attempt 2
Attempt 3: Phase 1 & Phase 2

The twist-tie/glue solution is stable! Unfortuantely, there’s still some gap-iness between the pieces, but not much.  It’s enough that prolonged pressure will kill it, but that just means MORE TWIST TIES!!!! Last time, I twisted them horizontally around the thin side, mostly to hold the vertical rubber bands in place.  Plus, the pieces broke in just such a way that parts of BOTH pieces got snagged in the loops, which is what I wanted.  However, that’s at the bottom (or the outside, when the fold-out arm is closed).  Now, I just need to reinforce it for when it’s open.

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It’s hard to see under the goop, but this time the twist-ties are going vertically around the pieces, just like the rubber bands did, plus I added in some figure eights where appropriate for more stability and to prevent slippage.  The ends of the twist-ties are twisted together, woven underneath some of the vertical stuff, and gooped substantially.

I’m fairly confident this will be the last major stage.  If I’m still concerned, I have some ideas about looping long twist ties around the little nubs (in black, near the screw) that will be under the covers that snap in the top, (hopefully) acting as a counter-weight, but that will have to wait until this set is dry.

If all goes well, all I have to do is 1) counterweight, 2) coloration (if possible.  I don’t know if Sharpie or other sorts of coloring will stay on top of the glue or if it will just clump into little sharpie droplets), 3) Final coating (to fill in the gaps for smoothing and sealing purposes) and 4) cleanup (that dandruff-looking stuff is all errant, dried goop, easily removable with some elbow grease).  Yikes.  Now that I’ve said it, that seems like waaaaay more than one final day of this.  Ug.

The Saga Continues Some More

Phase 2 of Attempt 3 in the Fix-My-Broken-Chair Saga continues. To catch up:

Attempt 1
Attempt 2
Attempt 3, Phase 1

The rubber bands held together reasonably well, but there was still some inner separation between the chair pieces themselves.  However, in anticipation of this, I moved on to Phase 2, which involves rubber band cross pieces for stability.  This was a failure, but at least I didn’t have to wait a day for it to dry to find that out.  The pieces just weren’t sticking and I couldn’t easily slip them underneath and around all sides for added stability.  So, since I’ve already successfully used twist-ties for this exact purpose, and the fact that the ties will be stronger anyway due to their metal core, that’s what I used.  Voila:

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Because I couldn’t pre-goop the ties as I would normally do, I set down a layer of goop, looped the ties, then gooped the hell out of it for stability.  We’ll see what happens next time. Fingers crossed!

The Saga Continues

Okay, so here’s part three in my I-broke-my-chair-and-now-I’m-trying-to-fix-it saga.  To catch up:

Part 1
Part 2

So, second attempt failed, but not completely.  The glue held together on the outside, but not so much on the inside.  This means that there was a stretchy sheath around the pieces that mostly held it together, but it was weakening and probably wouldn’t have lasted long. Future attempts might involve me buying a different type of adhesive that isn’t quite so flexible, but my tube of adhesive is almost finished as it is, so when it’s gone that will definitely be my next step.

Here’s attempt number three, which will be in two parts.  Today, I’m laying the groundwork with vertical rubber band stripping that will (hopefully) be enough to pull the pieces together where the glue wasn’t strong enough.  Like so:

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It’s hard to tell because the rubber bands and twist ties are both green, but there are two strips of rubber band going around both sides of the hinge-y part, and twist ties to hold them in place and give a little bit of pressure to help seal it.

Part two will begin when it’s cured, and there will be horizontal rubber bands going the other way.  Hopefully the multi-directional rubber band lattice will be enough to counter forces in all directions. At that point, if there are signs that it will hold permanently, the whole thing will get a nice black sharpie job to match and then another layer of sealant to prevent catching and peeling.

I’m growing less and less optimistic.  My plan for surrender will be to order a replacement arm from the company, no doubt at my expense because the instructions warned about putting too much pressure on it, which is precisely what I did. Right now, my escapades are costing me nothing, because I’ve been using only those tools I already had on hand.

I Am Not MacGyver

In my previous post, I detailed my plan to fix my broken desk chair with twist-ties, tape and some adhesive.  Unfortunately, my setup was a little too tight, and it basically squeeze out all the adhesive before it set, leaving just enough to make little spider-web-y tendrils between the pieces.  Fortunately, the stuff is easy to get off an I can do this as many times as necessary until it finally cures with enough adhesive to stay. I’m less optimistic with this attempt, and have concluded that I am definitely not MacGyver. Here’s the skinny:

Attempt 1: FAILURE
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Attempt 2: In Progress
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Closeup for inspection:
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***Disclaimer: Cat toy not intended for scale reference.***

As you can see, we’ve got bubble wrap trying to hold the two pieces together in a forward/left-erly direction, with a nice coating of the adhesive around it to give it a bit of extra hold.

I’ll give you another update within the next day or two to announce whether it works or whether there will be a third post in my 165-part series on the repair of my chair. I’ve got a few more ideas before we resort to desperation tactics involving power tools.

(If this was made of wood, I’d be golden.  Metal plate, couple of screws, maybe some wood glue and we’re done. But noooo. It has to be plastic.)

Sorry for the long absence!

Hey, all.  Sorry for the long absence.  I wish I had some new content for you, but the reason I haven’t posted was a combination of Christmas break and being super busy with work and my personal projects.  So instead… STORY TIME!

I got an awesome present for Christmas: an attachment for my desk chair with a keyboard tray and built in mouse-pad. Sweet! Check it out:

https://thehumansolution.us-dc1-edit.store.yahoo.net/I/thehumansolution_2082_81447325

***Note: NOT me. Lame stock picture of it found on Google.***

Unfortunately, yesterday I BROKE this fine piece of equipment by putting too much weight on it while standing up.  But lo! I have Gorilla Glue! I can glue it back together!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a vice clamp and the break is in such a place that it has to be glued back together on the chair itself or I won’t be able to get the foldable armrest/mouse pad back on.  (Also, I couldn’t get it off in the first place). It’s a very snug fit, so much so that even just to get the pieces to line up again, you have to put significant pressure on it from awkward angles. Some people might balk at this challenge, but not me.

Behold!

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Post-it notes for forward thrust, twist-ties for sideways/diagonal thrust, mechanical pencil for a tourniquet dealie, and Scotch tape to prevent slippage.

I AM FUCKING MACGYVER.

*mic drop*