White or black nylon washers work great. They hold up better than the softer plastic ones do. Black nylon (delrin) is supposedly self lubricating.
Thank You!!!White or black nylon washers work great. They hold up better than the softer plastic ones do. Black nylon (delrin) is supposedly self lubricating.
I'll be using a 3/8" lag screw......#8 if they have it. I'm not sure of the gauge of the arm or mounting plate metal but they are not thin or flimsy. The manufacturer connects them with a rivet. I've contacted the manufacturer and this type of wear is not an uncommon problem. I've seen some on-line blogs and a lot of folks seem to have encountered the same problem. One blogger was going to use a hex bolt and nylock nut to make the connection....not a bad idea but the bolt head would not be accessable if the nut ever loosened....so I decided to go with a lag screw. I could buy an entire arm assembly from the manufacturer but I figured I'd try this quick and less expensive fix first. This is for attic pulldown stairs which get very little use.Jim; if they're lag bolts, there's no mechanical advantage to cranking them down tightly.
Leaving a couple of thou clearance alone will greatly reduce the friction. The wear on the arm-holes, and bolt shanks where they contact, might be a concern?
If it doesn't I can always buy the entire arm assembly from the manufacturer.the lag is softer than the original rivet... it won't last either..
Sometimes the ultimate solution is to replace the defective mechanism, if it is still available. If you are going to attempt repair, I agree with Doug on the nylon washer.If it doesn't I can always buy the entire arm assembly from the manufacturer.
When I realized what the problem was the first thing I did was call the manufacturer and was told that they sold a replacement for the worn out part. I did some internet searching and came across the blog concerning fixing rather than replacing the part. A lot of folks chimed in and all said they had success with the fix. I spent $3.00 for fixit hardware. If the fix doesn't hold up then I can always buy the part from the manufacturer. I was kind of surprised at the failure rate of this part. FWIW the stairs still function with the loose part and have been this way for several years. My neighbor has the same problem with his stairs. I told him that the manufacturer has the replacement part which I would install for him or, if he would like, I could do the same DIY fix that I am doing form my stairs. I'll do the DIY on my stairs first and if he likes the result I will do his stairs.Sometimes the ultimate solution is to replace the defective mechanism, if it is still available. If you are going to attempt repair, I agree with Doug on the nylon washer.
I'm done thinking!!!!! It's time for doing!!!!!!I'm with John, go wit metal washers. Don't try to over think the problem, metal on metal will last for ever on something like attic stairs that are only puled down occasionally.