How to Repair Feet on Camping Chairs

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When you bought your folding camp chair, you knew that you’d use it to relax in some less-than-hospitable environments for furniture. Whatever your chair’s quality, the wear and tear of the outdoors can take its toll. There are few parts of your chair for which this is more true than the stabilizing feet. Typically, these are made of plastic, and they come into contact with every erosive grain of sand and every jagged rock where you sit.

There are a few different techniques that you can try to fix the feet.

How to Fix Feet on Camping Chairs

Tape it up. The old adage has survived this long for a reason: tape fixes everything. If you’re dealing with feet which have simply fallen off, or which are only slightly cracked, a good tape job could be all you need. Electrical or duct tape are preferable. First, place the foot back on the leg of the chair. Make sure that it’s pointed the right way. Then apply one strip of tape around the top of the foot, where it meets the leg, to hold it in place. Next, wrap in overlapping layers starting from the bottom of the foot, until you have attached it to the leg. It is better to start from the bottom of the foot because you will naturally be pulling the foot upwards, and therefore it will be more secure.

Glue it together. If the broken foot has a large crack along its side, but is otherwise healthy, or if it simply won’t stay on like it used to, glue may be your answer. For quick, on-site repairs, Krazy Glue or some other fast-acting adhesive is best. If you have more time for drying, plastic glue such as Gorilla Glue is your best option. In any event, be sure to apply pressure to the glued area. For fast-drying adhesives, this should only require about 30 seconds of pressure. For Gorilla Glue, you should use a clamp to maintain pressure on the foot for several hours.

Buy new feet. The fact of the matter is that sometimes, small plastic pieces are simply beyond repair. However, this doesn’t mean that your four-legged chair will have to resign itself to life with three feet. You can always contact the manufacturer for spare parts, or look to the Internet.

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