And, while we wait for the post-Delta Faucet Canada Kitchen Faucet Contest article, here is something a little bit different.
What is this contraption and why is it on its side?
This is my many years old Total Gym 1000 (yes, the 1000 model is the cheapest version they sell).
You know this one; it is the one with Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley in those TV infomercials.
There is a close-up of the injured Total Gym 1000 on its side.
I`ve had mine for, as mentioned, years and years. Recently, I have started to focus more on my eating habits and general health, including my weight.
After using this in home exercise machine, which I really like by the way, for a couple of weeks I noticed it stopped gliding up and down seamlessly; rather, the `ride`was on the bumpy side. And, I was noticing there were shards of black rubbery plastic appearing underneath on the ground.
When I turned it over this is what I saw.
One of the wheels had begun to, well, disintegrate as you can see from the picture above.
Repair, Not Replace, The Total Gym 1000
After spending a few minutes on the internet, I found this company called Huck Products down (for me) in Monroe Tennessee which sells replacement parts for all of the different versions of the Total Gym.
I placed my order on-line and waited about 2 and a half weeks for the replacement wheel to arrive.
What arrived was the above pictured package containing both the replacement wheel and 5 or so washers to act as spacers if needed when you install the placement wheel. It also came with installation instructions which I did find useful.
Installing The Huck Products Replacement Wheels for The Total Gym 1000
The removal of the old wheel and the replacement of the new wheel was pretty simple and took only about 10 minutes (OK, so I am a little slow on things I haven`t tried previously ).
The instructions say to use two wrenches, one to hold the exposed end of the bolt on the outside and the other to turn the nut on the inside.
Here is what I used:
I found this multi-headed wrench I purchased many years ago very useful. In fact, I used it to turn the outside of the bolt while using the wrench to hold the nut in order to unscrew the bolt.
I was careful to check to see how the original wheel was installed before removing it completely.
I then placed the new wheel in the same position and inserted the bolt so the inside end of the bolt passed completely through the new wheel.
I then placed one of the spacer washers provided by Huck Products as indicated in the instructions (it is the silver washer in the picture above).
Next I use the same two tools to screw the bolt into the nut.
Again, it is surprisingly easy to do; even I could do it …. I did!
So, who knew that when a piece of home exercise equipment breaks, you don`t have to get rid of it. After all, you spent all that money right, even on a least expensive entry level model like the Total Gym 1000?
Thank you, Randy of Huck Products for your assistance.
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