What Is a Spring Plate?

What Is a Spring Plate?

Detail of Spring Rocker Spring Plates

Spring plates are the tough fibrous joints used on certain types of outdoor chairs to enable them to mimic the action of a rocking chair. These plates look hard but are designed to bend under load. They do this by being made of tough fiber. These plates are drilled and then bolted to the chair frame and the chair base. Unfortunately, these plates wear out and become brittle with age. They can splinter or even shatter in some cases.

Replacement of swivel rocker spring plates is easy and safe if you follow a few steps.

  1. First using a wrench unbolt the spring plates. This will separate the chair base from the chair seat.
  2. Turn the seat portion upside down and unbolt the spring plates. Remember to save the bolts.
  3. Measure the spring plate before you order. It is important to order the correct size spring plate for safe operation.
  4. Using your old spring plate as a pattern drill matching holes in the new spring plate.
  5. Install the new spring plates in the reverse order in which they were removed.

Note: Be sure to tighten the bolts but do not over tighten them. 20-foot pounds is sufficient if you have a torque wrench. If you don’t have a torque wrench then one half turn past the point were the bolt goes tight would be plenty.

Detail of Spring Rocker Spring Plates

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