Built-in Lazy Susan Adjustment and Repair Q&A
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I have a stupid lazy susan in a lower cabinet in my kitchen (a very
inconvenient place to try to do any repair). It generally holds the majority of
canned goods for a family of five. Right now it is empty (and the canned goods
are on the kitchen counter, adding substantially to the overall clutter) because
it has ceased to turn easily!
I unscrewed every screw on the thing, applied liquid wrench to all moving parts,
rescrewed every screw in varied sequences, and it still won't turn easily. Can
AL from East Greenbush, NY
Lazy susan's can be a pain to adjust! The major problems are that the
center moveable shaft may be binding, or the circular shelves have slipped down
the center shaft, and are dragging on the bottom.
You will have to be my eyes and look at the center shaft. There are a number
of screws and/or bolts. There is one bolt that controls the length of the center
shaft by locking the position of a metal sleeve that slides inside of the center
shaft. This bolt is usually located near the top of the shaft. If the cabinet
top has sagged, it is possible that the shaft is binding due to the pressure.
You will have to loosen this screw/bolt and slide the adjusting rod into the
center shaft slightly... just enough to allow clearance but not so much as to
have the lazy susan fall over.
This adjustment may also be at the bottom on yours.
The position of the shelves should also be checked. Each shelf moves
independently of the other... unless you have the type of lazy susan that has
the front decorative panel attached to both... then they must be adjusted
together. Lets assume that you have this type of lazy susan. If not, you only
have to perform this adjustment on the bottom shelf.
Look for the locking screws, located on the shelves in the center. Loosen
both screws and raise the shelves together so that the bottom shelf clears the
base of the cabinet. This is usually a difficult move, because the two shelves
tend to want to bind on the shaft. Don't under any circumstances lubricate the
shaft, or the screws may not hold position! Tighten both screws.
As an aside, many folks have a similar problem to yours because they also
store very heavy goods on their lazy susans. If you could lighten up the load a
little, or at least keep lighter items on the bottom shelf, which usually is the
troublemaker, you may forego a repeat of this repair.
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