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I just bought a new armchair, and after screwing its legs in, I hit one of its feet ever so slightly against the floor and poof! Its foot flew right off.

It doesn't look broken, just displaced. I just need to get this round head of the screw back into the cone, but I just can't. Any tips?

The chair

The chair

The foot-cone that popped off the screw

The foot-cone that popped off the screw

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  • Some analogue to a drift pin unless you have a scaffold builder or an ironworker for a neighbor. My knife has a marlinspike.
    – popham
    Jan 18 at 22:06
  • Might want to add a small washer to the screw so you have a greater hold on the foot. I am guessing the foot came off and not the screw.
    – crip659
    Jan 18 at 23:43
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    I presume that when you got the chair, you got a bag of hardware that had the silver screw pushed through the gold cone. Part of the assembly was to turn the screw into a fitting in the bottom of the leg. Then, when moving the chair, the cone came off, but the screw stayed in place. Is this all correct? Have you tried holding the cone (foot) and turning the screw to simply screw it in?
    – FreeMan
    Jan 19 at 12:20
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    Yeah, I'm not understanding what the problem is. "I just need to get this round head of the screw back into the cone, but I just can't." What does that mean?
    – LarryBud
    Jan 19 at 12:23
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    I’m voting to close this question because furniture repair is off topic here per the help center.
    – isherwood
    Jan 19 at 17:17

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What did the manufacturer say when you contacted them to complain about this? I'm sure you are far from the first this has happened to, and they probably have standard advice and/or s standard kit for the repair.

If you're too embarrassed to ask (why?)... This looks like it was assembled by driving the screw from inside the cone, then snapping the plastic foot onto the bottom of the cone. So I'd start by investigating whether the latter can be unsnapped. But it may have been some kind of crimp installation that is hard to undo and redo.

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Oh no! To fix the issue, try using a rubber mallet or a piece of wood and gently tap the round head of the screw back into the cone. Applying some pressure while tapping might help secure it back in place without causing damage.

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I would get a washer with a hole that the screw just fits through, then adjust, with a hammer & drift, the washer so that it matches the angle of the screw head and cone.

That should stop the screw pulling through the cone.

Edit based on a comment - I would be looking at how to get the "foot part or face" off the cone to access the interior of the cone. It may be that the cone edge has been swagged over or even soldered...

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  • That sounds like it might help after the OP gets the screw back into the cone, which is what he asked about.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 19 at 12:20
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    @Freeman more pictures of the cone may help - perhaps the other face comes off...
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 19 at 12:52

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