recently received a new bar cart as a gift, and assembled and loaded it up. Unfortunately as I was pushing it along my carpet the tubes the inserts were in bent and the inserts fell out. How should I go about repairing this? Should I just fill the tube with epoxy and put the inserts back in? Thanks for reading, images of issue are attached.enter image description here

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    Epoxy and the inserts probably will never come out if you need to replace them. Would drill a hole though tube and insert and use a bolt to hold it on.
    – crip659
    Mar 23, 2022 at 1:11
  • "New bar cart" should have some sort of warranty. Contact the gift giver for purchase info, then the seller or manufacturer for a warranty claim. Shouldn't fall apart on the first use. The fewer times people complain about shoddy workmanship, the more of it we'll all get.
    – FreeMan
    Mar 23, 2022 at 11:20
  • I don't see any bent metal there. This looks more like a case of a loose fit between caster post and cart tube. Cheap stuff is cheap. You may well have to deal with poor rotation of the wheels, which could have left a wheel rotated with respect to the direction you were moving, leading to massive drag on the carpet, leading to this mess. Mar 24, 2022 at 18:02

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Get a piece of hardwood that fits snugly in the square tube. The tighter, the better. You might have to get a piece that is oversized and trim it down, or round the corners.

You also want it to be as long as possible. I see that the tube has a bolt through it. I would probably take that out and extend the wood beyond it, then drill a hole for the bolt to be reinstalled.

Finally, drill a hole in to the bottom and screw in the caster.

  • Thanks, this seems like it would hold pretty solid for sure. Should I glue the piece of wood into place inside the tube?
    – Elliot
    Mar 23, 2022 at 1:37
  • I don't think it will be necessary to glue it. The force of the tight fitting wood will probably be enough. And if you out the bolt through it, all the better.
    – longneck
    Mar 23, 2022 at 2:47

Looking at that square tube and its thickness, I would be looking to drill both front tubes to take a long axle and fit better wheels at the front then use the rear casters for steering.

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