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Title: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 13, 2013, 02:58:28 pm
Has anyone put felt pads or something else on the bottom of the euro chair? Ours is very difficult to move and the bare metal base makes a scraping noise that tells me it isn't good for the chair or the vinyl floor. I'm looking at little round stick on felt pads - possibly stuck on with a bit of gorilla glue to assist the adhesive they already have on there.

I know the pads will make it more likely that the chair will wander while driving if we forget to clamp it down but we figure one sliding chair incident should reinforce our memory for future trips. John likes having the chair dead center in front of the TV so we'll be dragging it out and back a lot. (He's such a happy man in his new castle with his new throne - the euro chair, not that other one in the back of the coach.)


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 13, 2013, 06:32:15 pm
I placed Delrin strips on the bottom and that eliminated the 'scraping' (I was afraid felt pads would pick up sand and scratch the flooring).
Also, when traveling, I place the Euro chair back to back with the Passenger's seat and wrap a bungee cord around the seat backs at the crease near the head rests. No sliding for us and my Lady can't feel the bungee cord while sitting in the seat.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 13, 2013, 07:44:44 pm
Where did you buy the Delrin, how did you attach it and how many and how long are the strips? We figure you have to have enough strips to keep it stable. From what I found on the web, it sounds like Delrin is almost industrial strength Teflon - smooth and slick.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 13, 2013, 07:59:49 pm
I had some 1/2" wide. 0.030" thick industrial grade sticky back Delrin tape I cut into small sections and placed around the base to form an almost complete circle. It's held up pretty good.
You can probably find some on eBay or the like.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 13, 2013, 08:16:12 pm
 Thank you, I will track it down.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 13, 2013, 09:17:48 pm
In truth, I would have like to have installed small roller balls on the bottom but the base is not robust enough to support them. I'm still working on some ideas to beef it up or make a new base (that's one of my Roundtuit tasks because I'm enjoying the use of the coach and it's too dam... er, darn cold to work in the shop in the Winter).


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: billy on May 13, 2013, 10:13:01 pm
2frazz, have u tracked that stuff down?


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 13, 2013, 10:35:14 pm
Billy, not exactly. Amazon has 12x12 sheets but it is thicker. I found description of something called "slick strips" at eplastics.com that comes as a tape product but not sure if it is the same material. Amazon carries slick strips in rolls. I have to check some things but tape and slide sure sounds like the way to go.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 13, 2013, 10:46:08 pm
It can also be tracked by Acetal. A place to try is googling:
catalog/cshyde.com

Use scissors to cut, not a razor.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: billy on May 14, 2013, 12:48:16 am
Tnx 2Frazzied.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: jampodd on May 14, 2013, 08:29:43 am
McMaster-Carr or Graingers probably carry it. It is used in the equipment industry and it is basically a cheap teflon. I used it quite a bit when designing/building manufacturing equipment. The slip stick you found is most likely the same material or equivalent.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: ron.dittmer on May 15, 2013, 10:03:16 pm
....I would have like to have installed small roller balls on the bottom but the base is not robust enough to support them.
I don't have the ever-praised Euro chair you all love so much so I don't know what I am missing, but.....

It seems you could go to a store like Office Max or Office Depot and buy a real nice comfortable chair with or without wheels for around $100 on sale, in leather or other materials.  That might be a lot easier to come up with a hold-down method than retro-fitting the round ring base thing.  Maybe buy the chair for the base and pitch the seat if you love your Euro that much.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 16, 2013, 10:01:55 pm
Another possible problem with the small roller balls......they might leave compression marks on the flooring (little balls have myriad problems).
Dittmer's idea might have some merit though (although anything you buy from anywhere most likely won't have the flip-out leg rest).


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 16, 2013, 10:17:14 pm
There are other recliners with that flip out footrest but I don't think they put rollers on them - probably something about that "object in motion tends to stay in motion" theory -- sit down with your beer, kick that baby into recline, and AWAY YOU GO... could be great entertainment for the spouse... Maybe John's chair WOULD benefit from wheels.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 16, 2013, 10:41:47 pm
Don't forget "an object at rest tends to stay at rest" either.
Peg says I am the prefect illustration of both. When motivated, I don't stop. When not, I don't start.
But, with a complete woodworking and metalworking shop in my garage, I have an idea for the Euro Chair (when the Delrin strips stop working for me)..... Lose the flimsy plastic bottom and make a Cherry base substantial enough to support 3 legitimate soft casters. I've already designed it, have the material and it will only add an inch to the height.
I do like the Euro Chair enough to do that.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 17, 2013, 06:03:03 am
I don't think ours has plastic at the bottom. We only flipped it once to look at what was scraping but I think it is a ring of wood with bare metal on the bottom. The bare metal ring is what scrapes across the floor. I'll have to look a little closer this weekend.



Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 17, 2013, 11:22:48 am
I believe you'll find it to be black plastic and too thin to support anything substantial.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: TomHanlon on May 17, 2013, 11:42:32 am
I just ran out and looked at my chair. It has a  black plastic ring, like Bob said, on the floor that runs through six ball bearing clamps which are attached to a wood base ring. We have never seen any scratch marks on the floor from sliding the chair. But we have the older fake stone look floor, not the wood look. I would guess one could remove the plastic ring and clamps in a couple of minutes. Then get six wheels and install them into the wood ring. One would still have to tie down the chair for travel.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 18, 2013, 06:01:35 am
Tom, you're saying you have plastic that touches the floor? Ours is bare black metal. We rolled it on its back to measure for padding. We'll double check today but it sounds like we are missing a piece. That would explain the difficulty sliding it. We were surprised it was so hard to move. We didn't remember yours scraping like ours does. Oh well, another great excuse to visit our new baby.


Title: Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed
Post by: 2 Frazzled on May 18, 2013, 09:33:14 pm
We checked the chair today in daylight. The base IS black plastic and not metal. So no pieces missing. Next step, buy the magic tape and make her slide.