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Does the allen wrench go into the bolt head and grab and your having problems threading the bolt into the chair? Or is the allen wrench not grabbing in the bolt head?
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post #12 of 69
Sounds like the thread(nut?) in the actual chair is loose and just spinning?


I had this problem with a chair of mine the screw was staring but as it started to get tight the nut inside the chair would start spinning. I used some Araldite to fix it. Not sure if you have that in the US?
Edited by DeadMau5 - 1/7/11 at 11:59am
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post #13 of 69
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Originally Posted by PulkPull View Post
Does the allen wrench go into the bolt head and grab and your having problems threading the bolt into the chair? Or is the allen wrench not grabbing in the bolt head?
The wrench grabs the head perfectly.
It's the threading I'm having issues with.
post #14 of 69
Hey, I have the same chair.

You probably stripped the threads. Try going to a hardware store and getting a longer bolt. If that doesn't work... surgery?
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post #15 of 69
Quote:
Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post
Hey guys

So my chair just had a hex screw come loose on it.
I got down to fix it with my allen wrench, but it refused to thread.

No matter what angle I approached it from, it just wouldn't stick, it kept turning and turning.

And yes, I did try turning both left and right, still nothing.

Any ideas on how to fix this?
you either stripped it or its just not the right allen key. there are both metric and standard fittings for allen keys. you may have stripped it because you used a metric on a standard or vice versa and ruined the grip.

goto your local hardware depot and buy a set for both standard and metric. a man's gotta have his tools...

EDIT:

NM. i read the rest of the posts and i see whats going on here.

use duct tape to tape the arm rest back on.
Edited by subliminally incorrect - 1/7/11 at 12:00pm
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post #16 of 69
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post
The wrench grabs the head perfectly.
It's the threading I'm having issues with.
In that case, can you move the armrest out of the way to see if the bolt will even start without the armrest getting in the way? That should allow some more angles to try out.

Or is the bolt just slipping all the way in and never grabbing threads?
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post #17 of 69
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Originally Posted by PulkPull View Post
In that case, can you move the armrest out of the way to see if the bolt will even start without the armrest getting in the way? That should allow some more angles to try out.

Or is the bolt just slipping all the way in and never grabbing threads?
This is exactly what I was going to say. See if the bolt can bite into the threads by itself. Perhaps you are just having trouble finding the threads inside the chair cushion.
    
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post #18 of 69
It's pretty easy to see if it's stripped.... so I doubt it's stripped or it would have been stated so.

I usually attend to my computer chair once every 2 weeks to a month when I dust out my computer fans. I've got 4 bolts on each arm and I just check them to make sure they are firmly holding the chair togeather.

Based on the pictures I'm not 100% sure what you can do.... however because the hole would be covered by the armrest you have a little room to work if you need to do some invasive surgery.

I once put an armrest back togeather with a vise grip and a large paperclip, was gonna use duct tape but twisting the paperclip like a twist-tie worked alot better. Mabey you could do something similar if you can find something to loop the paperclip around inside the chair, then just pull it through the hole the bolt would go through. (you want one of the thicker large ones)
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post #19 of 69
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Originally Posted by xenophobe View Post
Hey, I have the same chair.

You probably stripped the threads. Try going to a hardware store and getting a longer bolt. If that doesn't work... surgery?
Longer bolt, gotcha.

Quote:
Originally Posted by subliminally incorrect View Post
you either stripped it or its just not the right allen key. there are both metric and standard fittings for allen keys. you may have stripped it because you used a metric on a standard or vice versa and ruined the grip.

goto your local hardware depot and buy a set for both standard and metric. a man's gotta have his tools...

EDIT:

NM. i read the rest of the posts and i see whats going on here.

use duct tape to tape the arm rest back on.
Okay, duct tape gotcha.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PulkPull View Post
In that case, can you move the armrest out of the way to see if the bolt will even start without the armrest getting in the way? That should allow some more angles to try out.

Or is the bolt just slipping all the way in and never grabbing threads?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
This is exactly what I was going to say. See if the bolt can bite into the threads by itself. Perhaps you are just having trouble finding the threads inside the chair cushion.
Here's a video, I'm on my way to the hardware store either way .

post #20 of 69
It kinda sounds like the receiving threads are stripped, or that the bolt is not reaching the threads at all.

At this juncture I would try another identically threaded bolt that is longer just to make sure that the receiving threads are still good... But perhaps you don't have a lot of mounting hardware sitting around?

Also, do you see small metal filings falling out of the hole, or adhering to the bolt?
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