How To Fix An Office Chair That Won’t Stay Up

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How To Fix An Office Chair That Won’t Stay Up – The Pneumatic Cylinder

If you are like most people, you spend a good bit of the time in your office or cubical at work and will need an office chair to sit on. The question is which office chair should you buy? There are many variable that you could choose, but one the most important is the adjustable height of the chair.

A chair that adjusts to your personal stature is going to lead to greater comfort. But some chairs are easier to adjust than others. Technology has reduced the number of levers required to make the adjustments on most chairs. However, if your chair doesn’t stay up, it doesn’t solve the problem. It is very frustrating to find that you work all day on a chair that won’t stay up. This is very common in some different types of office chairs. One in particular is those office chairs that are pneumatically operated or those that are filled with air. If the air valve gets clogged, sticks or just plain breaks, you are going to have to go through the rest of your day with an office chair that won’t stay up.

This can be fixed very quickly and easily with the following instructions. All you will need is a piece of needlepoint plywood, a tiny pin punch, a Phillips head screwdriver, and a replacement pneumatic cylinder.

Fix An Office Chair Using The Hose Clamp Method

How to fix an office chair that won’t stay up using a simple fix you can do yourself.

This method can also be used to adjust and improve the functionality of your office chair. When any chair won’t stay up, this is what you are dealing with. It’s called the pneumatic gas-lift assembly.

It’s the spring mechanism between the base of your chair and the frame that sits on top it. Gas lifts are more commonly used in commercial chairs. But most of us have one or two of these at home.

If you have ever had an office chair that didn’t stay up, you know how frustrating it is to have to stand up every couple of minutes to push the chair back down. That’s what I call a lazy chair.

Now let’s deal with it. First, you’ll need to remove the old ones.

Use a flat-head screwdriver to pop them out.

After you have removed the old one, put the new one back in.

Make sure the flat side is facing up.

Put them back in.

Use A PVC Pipe To Fix A Sinking Office Chair

If your office chair keeps sinking under you while you work, slumping in your seat is probably one of the last things you want to experience.

But until you figure out what’s causing the chair to slowly sink in the first place, you can’t focus on how to fix your failing chair.

If the problem rests on the wheelbase, you can install a PVC pipe that’s considerably longer than the wheel. It needs to be longer because the wheelbase should sink a little past the PVC pipe to ensure that the office chair rolls freely.

If the problem, however, is located on the actual wheels, then you can’t do anything to fix them. In this case, it means that the wheels are simply worn out. It’s time to replace them.