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Introduction

This is what happens when a plastic chair's weight limit is exceeded.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Plastic Chair, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: The first one cracked on top of the back rest after I sat on it for a while.
  • I should have learned the first time that it's not a good idea to sit on these plastic chairs.

  • The first one cracked on top of the back rest after I sat on it for a while.

  • After the fracture, I was forbidden to sit on the cracked chair, but not on others of its kind. So I sat on a different one just like it.

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Image 1/1: It gave no forewarning of its imminent collapse. It just shattered into pieces as I was sitting on it.
  • The second chair was not as lucky.

  • It gave no forewarning of its imminent collapse. It just shattered into pieces as I was sitting on it.

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Image 1/3: Top half of the chair, where one would normally rest their back. Image 2/3: Bottom half of the chair, where one would normally rest their buttocks. Image 3/3: Back legs of the chair, which came off without a fuss.
  • Three distinct sections resulted from the fracture:

    • Top half of the chair, where one would normally rest their back.

    • Bottom half of the chair, where one would normally rest their buttocks.

    • Back legs of the chair, which came off without a fuss.

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  • Only the highest-quality plastic was used in the chair's construction, but that did not stop me from breaking it.

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Image 1/1: My head absorbed all the impact from the fall, so everything turned out OK.
  • Thankfully this wrought-iron railing prevented me from falling down four stories from the terrace.

  • My head absorbed all the impact from the fall, so everything turned out OK.

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2 Comments

I think we can all relate to this; thanks for the highly technical but tongue in cheek guide. Maybe you can show us how to repair it like new. I'll bet Red Green could do it with duct tape.

greg whilsmith - Reply

Without being certain, I suspect that exposure to prolonged sunlight weakens the plastic in these chairs. It sure seems to cause fading of the color, and while I've slain some faded ones with my bulk, I don't recall having broken one that hadn't already been more than one season exposed to the elements. Perhaps a canvas or vinyl cover over a stack of these, if they must be stored outside, might tend to prolong their useful life. I'm not aware of any adhesive that would join such broken bits securely enough to risk another sit in a repaired plastic chair.

Brendan - Reply

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