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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Deficiency

I have one of these chairs from Therapod. It's about 4.5 years old, and theoretically sports a ten year warranty. Who knows where the purchasing paperwork is, even though it was horribly expensive. These are not cheap chairs.

Despite the long warranty period, the arm-rests have perished, the left armrest support snapped off completely about two years ago. Something went spung in the base a few minutes ago, leaving me teetering awkwardly. A bolt or something has sheared, taking the tension control off forward/backwards motion and the distance the seat-back tilts. I'm not sure I dare lean back in this in case something else lets go and throws me backwards on the floor.

Out on the back porch, I have some kitchen chairs that cost about 15 dollars each, and have been hanging around sturdily for more then ten years, with no signs of weakness.

As of ten or fifteen minutes ago, it is nearly a matter of acrobatics to sit in my Therapod chair without pitching forward or back.

Oh, yes. This is just what I need right now.

4 comments:

  1. Awww, that's too bad!

    I've got a 2-year-old office chairthat has long gone out of whack. When I bought it, I could lean back about 45 degrees on the loosest setting; it has been steadily getting worse, to the point where it now goes back about 80 degrees, on the tightest setting (it's at about 50 degrees with no one sitting in it)! I worry that I'll fall over backwards if I get too relaxed. :D

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  2. I had the same problem with my computer chair. I'm now sitting on one of the chairs from my 3 piece suite :-/

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  3. Well, the useful lifespan of an object is, in general, inversely proportional to its complexity, amount of moving parts, and intensity of use :)
    At my mom's place, I used to sit on an old wooden rocking chair. I sat there for decades, as my mom and my grandmother did before me.
    Aside from needing a new paint job, the chair is still impeccable, and it was rather comfortable.
    Fancy modern stuff is generally less tested and trustworthy than old and reliable stuff.

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  4. I know what you mean. There's something fundamentally unsettling about chair failures. On some unconscious level, it shakes your faith in the universe in general. Things supporting your weight are not supposed to just... Stop doing so. It's illogical, but true.

    I'm on my fourth office chair at work now, over the span of 11 years. Let me tell you, few things are worse for my self esteem and general body image than sitting down- in an open office environment, surrounded by coworkers- and having the moderately expensive semi-designer chair crumple under the onslaught of my cetacean physique, dumping me unceremoniously to the floor. I think going to the office manager for the third time and begging for a new one right after is probably worse, come to think of it.

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