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#1 Men2Boyz

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 12:43 PM

My Starbound chair doesn’t sit on my deck without wobbling. A little wobble is probably inevitable but this one wobbles a lot. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I think I need to return it and try a different chair.

 

 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 12:45 PM

Try bending.  



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Posted 26 September 2020 - 01:14 PM

4-legged chair coplanar legs:

 

>flip it over

>run two strings/threads to form an X

>sand/file/bend one of the two offenders to get the strings to just touch

 

That's it. It completely takes the floor out of the equation.    Tom


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 02:24 PM

My Starbound chair doesn’t sit on my deck without wobbling. A little wobble is probably inevitable but this one wobbles a lot. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I think I need to return it and try a different chair.

 

Does it wobble when you sit down on it?

 

Is your deck flat?

 

I just sat in my Starbound on a flat surface and placed a 5/8" board under one back leg. There's enough play in the mount that it's still stable.

 

On irregular surfaces, I find the Starbound is more like two close triangles and stable, I rarely sit squarely on the chair.

 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 04:51 PM

Deck is slightly sloped but not uneven. I brought chair inside and put on level wood floor to examine the gap. I wonder if all Starbound chairs are built like this. For a $180 chair I am disappointed. I wonder how much shipping back to B&H from West Coast is going to cost. 
 

 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 04:58 PM

There are times when shifting my body from RACI to focusing tube that I feel unstable. My best location for observing the planets in my backyard is on the concrete deck near the swimming pool. I haven’t had a midnight swim yet but I was more stable with my cheap folding chair except for not being able to have adjustable height.

 



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:59 AM

If return shipping is going to be costly, I see two options:

 

1) Carefully measure and take a hacksaw to the longer leg.

It's terrible to have to do that with a brand new item but is a fairly easy solution.

 

2) Even easier is remove the shorter rubber foot and add quarters (25c) to match up the difference.


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Posted 27 September 2020 - 07:52 PM

Deck is slightly sloped but not uneven. I brought chair inside and put on level wood floor to examine the gap. I wonder if all Starbound chairs are built like this. For a $180 chair I am disappointed. I wonder how much shipping back to B&H from West Coast is going to cost. 
 

But that's nuts! Four simple alternative adjustments shown in this picture:

 

>bend up at A

>bend down at B

>shim down at C (cap off, insert washers, cap back on)

>cut up at D (cap off, file or cut tube, cap on)

 

You can even improve the chair by installing Leveling Feet at C and D, so you can adjust it to perfection, on any floor.

 

Shipping it back would be like returning a jar of peanut butter to Jimmy Carter's Farm 'cause you can't twist the lid off.    Tom

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:36 PM

Mine wobbles slightly. Either bend the offending tube or use it on a soft surface (grass).



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:54 PM

This is not a flimsy, thin aluminum chair. It is 18 lbs of steel. It was built to support 300 lbs. No way I am able to bend anything or file down anything on this chair. Shimming sounded like easiest option. I’ll give it a try.



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:16 AM

Mine wobbled slightly when new. Tried bending the curved leg, not so easy. Easier to remove a rubber foot from straight leg and insert one or two flat washers inside. Reafix using a drop of Liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue.

 

After two years of use on concrete surfaces, the rubber feet have worn through.  True Value carries better, larger, heavier duty rubber feet for replacement.


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 07:23 AM

Are all the legs fully installed in the rubber feet?  Get a rubber mallet and bang all the feet in tight.

 

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:38 AM

Mine wobbled slightly when new. Tried bending the curved leg, not so easy. Easier to remove a rubber foot from straight leg and insert one or two flat washers inside. Reafix using a drop of Liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue.

 

After two years of use on concrete surfaces, the rubber feet have worn through.  True Value carries better, larger, heavier duty rubber feet for replacement.

Good point! I replaced worn feet on mine.    Tom



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:04 PM

This is not a flimsy, thin aluminum chair. It is 18 lbs of steel. It was built to support 300 lbs. No way I am able to bend anything or file down anything on this chair. Shimming sounded like easiest option. I’ll give it a try.

Anyone you know have an electrical conduit bender or know an electrician?  A 3/4" steel tube bender should be able to spring an additional degree or so into the right rear leg.  Easy fix.

 

Rich



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:14 PM

Where is Bender when you need him? https://www.google.c...iw=1920&bih=975

 

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:19 PM

The $1.00 solution.  Four quarters in the short leg’s rubber foot and now my chair is balanced. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 02:26 PM

The $1.00 solution.  Four quarters in the short leg’s rubber foot and now my chair is balanced. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.

waytogo.gif   Make sure you put a protective "washer" into the left front foot also if you haven't already.  The bare tubing end cuts through the rubber feet over time.  Washers make the rubber feet last a lot longer.  Worn through a number of feet over the years myself.

 

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 06:50 PM

The $1.00 solution.  Four quarters in the short leg’s rubber foot and now my chair is balanced. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.

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Your chair will always be worth a dollar more than mine (or anyone else's).


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 07:03 PM

I was going to suggest a thicker piece of rubber on the end-I'd swap the quarter for washers-I'm cheap.




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