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How to Measure Castor Wheels Properly

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 128

Most of the castor wheels attached to common home furniture and office chairs are made of plastic which are not as durable as those which are used in the industry. For this reason, replacing these castors may become inevitable. While you can always just hire a skilled professional to do this job, it is more prudent if you will just do it yourself.

Nevertheless, you need to find the appropriate replacement castors if you want to do this job right. The simple instructions below will teach you how to do this:

1. To get the actual height of the castor wheels, get a straight rule and start measuring from the floor to the topmost portion of the frame that holds the wheel. This part of the frame is called the "nub". Make sure that the ruler is perpendicular to the floor while you are measuring.

2. Next, you will have to determine how deep the castor hole is. It is important that you get this correctly because the stem of the replacement castor that you will be installing will be slipped into this hole. To do this, slip a pencil into the castor hole (if the pencil is sharpened, insert with the eraser head first). Keep on pushing the pencil until its tip reaches the bottom of the castor hole. Get a pen and mark the neck of the pencil at the edge of the castor hole. Take out the pencil and use a straight rule to measure the distance of the pen mark from the tip of the pencil. This distance corresponds to the depth of the hole.

3. Use a Vernier Calliper to measure the diameter of the hole or of the stem that goes into this hole. You can also use wrenches to measure the stem's diameter if you do not have a calliper at home. A 3/8-inch or a 7/16-inch wrench should be able to get the precise measurements.

4. You also need to measure the diameter of the holes on the furniture to which the castor wheels are to be attached. You can use the same wrench you've used in step 3.

5. If you are replacing threaded castor wheels, it is better if you take them to a local hardware store and ask for help on getting the precise measurements of the wheel. Threaded castor wheels are not very easy to measure because of the nuts that fit around the castor stem.

Some Reminders

When getting the measurements, do at least three trials in order to make sure that you have obtained to correct one. If possible, ask someone else to validate if you are seeing the lines and the numbers on your straight rule correctly.

When getting the measurements, do at least three trials in order to make sure that you have obtained to correct one. If possible, ask someone else to validate if you are seeing the lines and the numbers on your straight rule correctly. For more details, follow this link: castor wheels

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