Monday, July 6, 2015

How to Repair a Quad Camp Chair

One of Husband’s coworkers has a big neighborhood Fourth of July parade party and cookout.The day before we were busy prepping for the Fourth. We shoved every reusable ice pack (similar to this one) we own in the freezer. Besides being a greener option, I like reusable ice packs because we never run out of ice and our food doesn’t turn in to a big soggy mess in the cooler.

Food was made. Watermelon cut and cubed. Coolers were washed and ready. The one thing we didn’t double check were our first generation folding quad lawn chairs. We discovered one of rivets holding the chair legs to the seat broke after we set up the chairs at our parade viewing encampment. Whoops.

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Replacing a broken rivet on a folding quad lawn chair is a super simple fix. It takes barely any time at all. If you have a jar of odd nuts and bolts laying around, it could be a zero dollar repair. What’s not to love about that?

 Yes, yes. I know I could just buy a replacement lawn chair. I did. I bought two director style quad chairs in fact.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to repair the broken quad chair and keep both of them around for guests or when we don’t want to lug the heavier chairs to Party Central from a far away parking lot.

How to Fix a Folding Lawn Chair


I’m hard at work testing Lisa’s repair for Quality Assurance.

You will need:

Bolt the same size and diameter as the broken chair rivet

Locking bolt

LocTite Thread Locker, Gorilla Glue, E6000 or similar strong glue designed to glue metal to metal



Make It:

1. Remove the broken rivet from the chair leg if needed. I couldn’t remove the bent rivet on my chair with my hands like I planned. I had to cut it off with my Dremel and a cutting wheel.

Bye bye broken rivet!

2. Thread the bolt through the rivet holes in the chair.

Originally I threaded the bolt in the opposite direction. The chair legs and bracket made it difficult to attach and tighten the chunky locking bolt onto the nut. It was much easier to attach everything when I flipped it in the other direction.

3. Apply the metal glue of your choice to the exposed nut threads. This will ensure the nut and bolt are fused together and less likely to come apart with the future folding and unfolding of the lawn chair.

4. Thread the nut onto the bolt, steady the nut with the wrench and use the screwdriver to tighten the bolt into the nut as tightly as possible.

 Simple as that!

5. Wait for the glue to dry.

6. Have a seat!

See, I really do use the projects I make on Condo Blues! Read my Fourth of July Uncle Sam paper cup fascinator tutorial here.
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