Sunday, September 05, 2010

Fixing the ironing board

The lever on my ironing board fell off last week and I thought it was "broken". But after reading this blog post http://craftyredhead.blogspot.com/2010/01/me-vs-ironing-board.html today, I decided to fix it myself. All it takes is about 30secs, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers (and a torch if required).

Here is the quick summary:

1. Set the ironing board vertically such that the cone (sharper side) is facing the top. I started with the board being locked open and unable to close because of the rod.

2. Use a torchlight to briefly study the lever mechanism. This does not need a degree in mechanical engineering. Actually I found the way the pad arrests vertical movement of the rod a bit lame!

3. Test the metal pad (above the spring) that holds the rod in place. To do this, use a screwdriver and push the pad from the top. This releases the rod and it can be ironing board will now be able to close.













Using screwdriver to push down the pad








how the pad arrests movement of the rod using friction



















This (above) is how the metal pad arrests the vertical movement of the rod. The pad (with the rod running through it) is fixed on one side to the ironing board and a spring pushes it vertically from the bottom to create friction against the rod, thus stopping its movement.

4. Pry open the metal curves with a screwdriver to put the lever in place.


Checking to see how the lever goes back in.





































5. Put the lever in.

















6. With the pliers bend the metal curves so the lever doesn't fall out again.
















And thats it!
Hopefully, this is useful to someone.

27 comments:

Carlo M said...

Excellent tip!

Carlo M said...

Excellent tip!

Amy said...

thanks! that was uber helpful!! was able to fix the board and not buy a new one :)

Martin Williams said...

thanks you're a life saver...

Ben said...

You rule - saved me a trip to Target!

martinimike said...

thank you thank you thank you!

martinimike said...

thank you thank you thank you!

Marc Davenport said...

Awesome! You saved one more ironing board from the dump.

Selective Crafter said...

awesome! I just fixed mine! Thanks

George said...

I'd like to know what IDIOT invented this mechanism in the first place - there's GOTTA be a better way!!!

Munchkins said...

i still can't figure this thing out~~HELP

Munchkins said...

I still can't figure this thing out~~HELP

aaron s said...

thanks, my father in law and I were so stumped for hours, we couldn't figure out where the lever went in.

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Don Wallace said...

Thank You, guess these levers are prone to come off. Used a little WD40 to lubricate, it's as good as new

Arun Kumar said...

Thanks a lot! The pictures and step by step description helped a lot.

Mobis21 said...

Very helpful and instructive. Thank you! Thank you!

Mobis21 said...

Very good instructions and it works now.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Srinivasan Venkatesh said...

Great post. This and the crafty redhead blog have a great solution to a silly, silly problem!

coolgma said...

Thank you so much! Our spring had popped out when the whole mechanism fell apart and we didn't know where to put it back. Your explanation and pictures were wonderful and we were able to make the fix.

Put said...

Thank you very much, solution worked like a charm

Put said...

Thank you very much, your solution worked like a charm

Unknown said...

Why couldn't you just say pull the goddamn lever

Wilma Freestone said...

Great got the ironing board closed, now I need someone to iron!! Someone should engineer a better design without a spring hopefully.

Unknown said...

Thank you, really needed it!

Lars said...

Thanks, this helped me! I had looked over a few other blog posts and videos on the subject, including the one you linked to, but yours was the first to really help me understand the mechanism and how to fix it. The lever on our ironing board had not fallen out, but it had gotten out of position and so wasn't doing its job.

Lars said...

Thanks, this helped me! I had looked over a few other blog posts and videos on the subject, including the one you linked to, but yours was the first to really help me understand the mechanism and how to fix it. The lever on our ironing board had not fallen out, but it had gotten out of position and so wasn't doing its job.