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.
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.
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.