Out of the Blue

My recent success in fixing the broken arm on my Aeron chair inspired an attempt at a further repair, as the chair's pneumatic gas cylinder has lost most of its pep over the years. The good news is that the size of these parts is the same, so you can use a generic replacement. What should also be good news is that these are held together by friction, so you are supposed to be able to wrench the old one out pretty easily, and there are videos on YouTube showing what an easy process this is. The bad news is that it is also easy to search the internet to find many people suffering from the same problem I am, which is the cylinder is completely jammed into both ends, and has so far defied every effort to remove it. Following the advice of some who are similarly stuck, I have applied a healthy dose of WD-40 and will take another crack at this when that's had a chance to work its way in (and temperatures permit).

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 19, 2016, 14:36
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2016, 14:36
Jul 19, 2016, 14:36
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 13:41:
BobBob wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 12:32:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 06:25:
BobBob wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 18:38:
I see three girls in bikinis walking by three guys playing Pokémon Go, totally ignoring the girls. Well, at least they won't breed.

And if you're going to play ... get the $#!&# off the bike path!

You say that, but interest in sex is at an all time low in Japan, where people have been addicted to devices for decades. There are so few babies being born that the population is expected to fall from 120M today to 90M by 2050.

And ... ?

His point is, I assume, that they would be ignoring those "bikini babes" with or without Pokemon Go or indeed with or without smart phone in hand.

This isn't Japan. Different culture.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 19, 2016, 13:41
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2016, 13:41
Jul 19, 2016, 13:41
 
BobBob wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 12:32:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 06:25:
BobBob wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 18:38:
I see three girls in bikinis walking by three guys playing Pokémon Go, totally ignoring the girls. Well, at least they won't breed.

And if you're going to play ... get the $#!&# off the bike path!

You say that, but interest in sex is at an all time low in Japan, where people have been addicted to devices for decades. There are so few babies being born that the population is expected to fall from 120M today to 90M by 2050.

And ... ?

His point is, I assume, that they would be ignoring those "bikini babes" with or without Pokemon Go or indeed with or without smart phone in hand.
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Re: CK was spot on
Jul 19, 2016, 12:42
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Re: CK was spot on Jul 19, 2016, 12:42
Jul 19, 2016, 12:42
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 23:26:
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 12:14:
Rattlehead wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 11:53:
That Louis CK video is pretty old. He's 48 now.
https://xkcd.com/386/
You have that bookmarked don't you?
Nope, googled it. Once my memory is gone so will the link.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 19, 2016, 12:32
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2016, 12:32
Jul 19, 2016, 12:32
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 06:25:
BobBob wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 18:38:
I see three girls in bikinis walking by three guys playing Pokémon Go, totally ignoring the girls. Well, at least they won't breed.

And if you're going to play ... get the $#!&# off the bike path!

You say that, but interest in sex is at an all time low in Japan, where people have been addicted to devices for decades. There are so few babies being born that the population is expected to fall from 120M today to 90M by 2050.

And ... ?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 19, 2016, 06:25
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2016, 06:25
Jul 19, 2016, 06:25
 
BobBob wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 18:38:
I see three girls in bikinis walking by three guys playing Pokémon Go, totally ignoring the girls. Well, at least they won't breed.

And if you're going to play ... get the $#!&# off the bike path!

You say that, but interest in sex is at an all time low in Japan, where people have been addicted to devices for decades. There are so few babies being born that the population is expected to fall from 120M today to 90M by 2050.
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 19, 2016, 02:42
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Jul 19, 2016, 02:42
 
Alamar wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 15:45:
I've gone through a few chairs over the last few decades, and I have never had one where I could pull the cylinder out... I have turned the thing upside down, put the star-pattern-stand across a few tables and hammered the cylinder... It's wedged in very tightly...

Also, the problem with WD-40 is that it's not so useful when the liquid is also unable to get in between the pieces wedged together...

So in short... Good luck ; )

Nah you don't need luck, just a really big hammer and a long enough wrench. In this case the "torque" really is all that matters. And small wrench ain't gonna cut it for the most part.

WD40 indeed does not get everywhere when it's really wedged together, but without WD40 it doesn't just "slide out" once you overcame that first blockade. WD40 prevents it from wedging in again after the hit... which can make all the difference.

That said, it really is not "easy" .. it's just "simple" Simple because all you need is force and a replacement cylinder. Once out, new one slides in and done.

But yeah, getting the old one out.. is a challenge sometimes. On my office chair I used excessive violence and it slid out after the 2nd hit. But it sounded like I was demolishing the building or something.. had to use a lot of force in that 2nd swing. Neighbor even came over worrying I might have had an accident, we had a few good laughs once he saw what it was.

TL;DR
overcoming friction can be quite a hassle
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Re: CK was spot on
Jul 18, 2016, 23:26
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Re: CK was spot on Jul 18, 2016, 23:26
Jul 18, 2016, 23:26
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 12:14:
Rattlehead wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 11:53:
That Louis CK video is pretty old. He's 48 now.
https://xkcd.com/386/
You have that bookmarked don't you?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 22:14
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2016, 22:14
Jul 18, 2016, 22:14
 
On the aeron's cylinder the base wasn't too bad. But removing it from the chair seat was a pain. Had to get a socket that was the exact size of the ring, have someone else hold the chair while the other beat on the socket to unplug the cylinder. Took less than an hour to replace it using this method, but not easy by any means.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 18:38
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2016, 18:38
Jul 18, 2016, 18:38
 
I see three girls in bikinis walking by three guys playing Pokémon Go, totally ignoring the girls. Well, at least they won't breed.

And if you're going to play ... get the $#!&# off the bike path!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 18:13
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2016, 18:13
Jul 18, 2016, 18:13
 
Yeah... the gas cylinder on one of my two Aerons needs to be replaced... I keep putting it off.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 16:54
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2016, 16:54
Jul 18, 2016, 16:54
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 16:17:
Acleacius wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 15:49:
Chrome browser is popular around here, correct? I'm using Firefox but keep having issues with Captcha, not being visible. So I'm hoping a basic install of Chrome will fix this issue.
Blues has Captcha?

The other possibility you need to consider is that you are not human.
Not that I'm aware of, though I am asking a in Blue's forum. Does that count?

Inhuman?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 16:42
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Jul 18, 2016, 16:42
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 16:17:
Acleacius wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 15:49:
Chrome browser is popular around here, correct? I'm using Firefox but keep having issues with Captcha, not being visible. So I'm hoping a basic install of Chrome will fix this issue.
Blues has Captcha?

The other possibility you need to consider is that you are not human.

rick deckard is that you?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 16:17
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Jul 18, 2016, 16:17
 
Acleacius wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 15:49:
Chrome browser is popular around here, correct? I'm using Firefox but keep having issues with Captcha, not being visible. So I'm hoping a basic install of Chrome will fix this issue.
Blues has Captcha?

The other possibility you need to consider is that you are not human.
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 16:15
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Jul 18, 2016, 16:15
 
I just got served a banner ad for Pokemon Go Desktop Version. Same one in that reddit link, only here on Blues.

I'm guessing it takes you to some bad, bad places.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 15:49
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2016, 15:49
Jul 18, 2016, 15:49
 
Chrome browser is popular around here, correct? I'm using Firefox but keep having issues with Captcha, not being visible. So I'm hoping a basic install of Chrome will fix this issue.
‘What is this bullshit that you people are doing?’
The worst criminal in human history, undeniably.
Beating and Gassing Americans for Jesus!
Ain't no tweetin, in jail jammies!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 15:45
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2016, 15:45
Jul 18, 2016, 15:45
 
I've gone through a few chairs over the last few decades, and I have never had one where I could pull the cylinder out... I have turned the thing upside down, put the star-pattern-stand across a few tables and hammered the cylinder... It's wedged in very tightly...

Also, the problem with WD-40 is that it's not so useful when the liquid is also unable to get in between the pieces wedged together...

So in short... Good luck ; )
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 18, 2016, 13:40
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Jul 18, 2016, 13:40
 
New Zealand Crowdfunds $1.7 Million To Buy A Private Beach And Give It To The Public.

All beaches in the world should be public. By law.
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Re: CK was spot on
Jul 18, 2016, 12:14
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Re: CK was spot on Jul 18, 2016, 12:14
Jul 18, 2016, 12:14
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Re: CK was spot on
Jul 18, 2016, 11:53
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Re: CK was spot on Jul 18, 2016, 11:53
Jul 18, 2016, 11:53
 
That Louis CK video is pretty old. He's 48 now.
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CK was spot on
Jul 18, 2016, 11:48
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CK was spot on Jul 18, 2016, 11:48
Jul 18, 2016, 11:48
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