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I've ordered a chair from Argos, however, after assembly, the gas lift fails to elevate the chair -in fact, pulling the lever on the side seems to have no effect at all (it just swings back & forth). The seat support seems to have a cylinder marked x <--> 1, however that also fails to make any effect.

Is the gas lift needs to be activated separately, or am I missing something obvious here? (chair is already a replacement, previous one had the same problem, so I'm assuming it's not manufacturer problem)

Terribly sorry for the newb question, would really appreciate constructive suggestions.

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closed as off topic by ChrisF May 7 '12 at 18:14

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This is a bit off topic for Home Improvement. Have you tried contacting the company's customer support? – Doresoom Apr 8 '11 at 17:41
I did, they put me on hold until my card ran out of credit (~15 mins). I'm sorry for being a newb, but I was really looking forward to be able to use my computer sitting. Would really appreciate any help – Silver Dragon Apr 8 '11 at 17:57
Did you consult the manual/instructions? – Tester101 Apr 11 '11 at 16:25
This is argos we are talking about. A chair is part of the home! Vote to reopen! ikea gas lift sympathy pains. – Magpie Jan 3 '13 at 22:05
@Magpie Would you hire a contractor to fix your chair? If you'd like to propose a change in the site scope, feel free to ask on meta, but I personally agree that this question is OT even though it would mean more rep for me to have it opened. – BMitch Jan 3 '13 at 22:54
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Typically there is a valve opened by the lever pressing on the top center of the chair cylinder. Maybe you need to push instead of pull, or maybe the lever needs to be pulled out before you use it. They all have a different design.

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Indeed. Thank you :) – Silver Dragon Apr 8 '11 at 18:39

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