wikiHow to Adjust a Lazy Susan

Two Parts:Rotation AdjustmentsDoor Adjustments

Adjusting misaligned Lazy Susan units might seem intimidating, but the most common corrections you'll need to make can be done at home using standard tools. Fix rotation problems by adjusting the center shaft or bottom shelf position. Remedy misaligned doors by correcting the door position from inside the overall unit.

Part 1
Rotation Adjustments

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    Troubleshoot rotation problems. When a Lazy Susan becomes stiff and difficult to rotate, the problem is usually caused by either the center shaft or the position of its bottom shelf.[1]
    • If the center movable shelf begins to bind, it can prevent free rotation and will need to be loosened.
    • If the circular shelves slip down the center shaft, the bottom shelf can begin to drag, making it difficult to turn. You will need to adjust the height of this shelf to fix the problem.

Center Shaft

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    Locate the locking bolt. Check the top of the center shaft. There should be one large bolt locking the exterior shaft to a metal sleeve positioned inside the shaft.
    • This bolt holds the center shaft in place and prevents the length of the shaft from being altered. On occasion, excess pressure from the bolt can cause the shaft to bind, thereby preventing free rotation.
    • Note that the locking bolt might be located at the bottom of some units, but it's usually found near the top.
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    Loosen the bolt. Using a wrench or ratchet, loosen the bolt by one-quarter counterclockwise turn.
    • Only loosen the bolt enough to manipulate the hardware inside the center shaft. This might require more than one turn, but it's better to loosen the bolt in small increments to avoid throwing off the alignment.
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    Move the adjusting rod. Slide the metal adjusting rod into the center shaft by no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm).
    • Make enough of an adjustment to grant better clearance between the center shaft and cabinet top. Work in small increments since a large adjustment could cause the Lazy Susan to topple over.
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    Tighten the bolt. Carefully tighten the locking bolt to fix the position of the adjusting rod.
    • Use a wrench or ratchet to tighten the bolt.
    • Do not over-tighten the bolt. Leave it slightly looser than it was before, but make sure that it is still tight enough to hold the adjusting rod in place.

Shelf Position

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    Locate the locking screws. Each Lazy Susan should have two or more locking screws located at the center of each shelf. These screws hold the shelves to the center shaft.
    • When all of the shelves are held together by the front decorative panel, you will need to adjust the entire shelf system. In this case, there may not be screws located at the height of each shelf.
    • If the shelves must be adjusted separately, you'll only need to work with the bottom shelf. Locate the locking screws in the bottom shelf only.
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    Loosen the screws. Loosen the locking screws using a Phillips-head screwdriver or similar tool.
    • The screws must be loose enough to pull away from their places in the center shaft of the unit. Ideally, they will still remain in the shelf system, but you can remove them completely if they get in your way. Set them aside nearby since you'll need them again soon.
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    Raise the shelves. Carefully lift the bottom shelf or entire shelf system until roughly 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) of space exists between the bottom shelf and the bottom of the cabinet.
    • The shelves may resist and begin binding on the center shaft, but you should not lubricate the shaft. Doing so could prevent the screws from holding their position.
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    Tighten the screws. Tighten the locking screws back in place using the same screwdriver.
    • Make the screws as tight as possible without stripping any of the hardware. The shelves must be stationary and secure to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

Part 2
Door Adjustments

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    Troubleshoot door problems. Door problems are usually easier to identify than rotation problems. The door of the unit may close unevenly, or it may not have sufficient clearance at the top, bottom, or sides of the cabinet.
    • If the door does not close completely, or if it closes unevenly, you'll need to adjust the doors until they are centered correctly within the frame.
    • When the top or bottom clearance is insufficient, you'll notice unequally sized gaps along the two sides of the door.
    • When the side clearance is insufficient, the door will appear crooked, and the gaps around it will but unequal.

Uneven Door Closing[2]

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    Loosen the collar screw. Open the door and locate the white plastic collar at the top of the unit. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the screw on this collar.
    • The white plastic collar sits at the top of the telescopic pole of the interior unit.
    • Loosen the screw by one full counterclockwise rotation. Do not allow the screw to drop out of its position in the collar.
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    Rotate the shelf unit and door counterclockwise. Using both hands, carefully rotate the entire shelf unit and door in a counterclockwise direction. Continue until the collar hits the catch latch located at the back of the ceiling bracket.
    • Work slowly. The catch position might be accompanied by a subtle "click," but it isn't obvious with most units and can be difficult to detect if you make the adjustment too quickly.
    • Once you hit the catch latch, the collar should be properly aligned with the spring. You should feel a slight resistance to additional counterclockwise turning.
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    Rotate the door. Gradually rotate the door in a clockwise direction until it reaches the exact center front.
    • The plastic collar should remain fixed in place as you rotate the door.
    • If you accidentally rotate the door past the center front, continue rotating it in a clockwise direction. Do not rotate it counterclockwise until after you finish setting it.
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    Turn the entire assembly. Carefully and slowly rotate the entire assembly in a counterclockwise direction. Continue turning the assembly until the collar screw faces you.
    • Make sure that the door does not fall out of alignment with the plastic collar as you rotate the assembly during this step.
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    Tighten the screw. Tighten the collar screw back into its original position. The door should now be properly aligned and fixed into place.
    • You may need to hold the position of the plastic collar as you tighten the screw to prevent the collar from twisting out of its newly set position.

Top and Bottom Clearance[3]

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    Remove the retainer clip. Locate the plastic retainer clip at the bottom of the telescopic pole. Firmly grasp the clip between your fingers, open it, and pull it out.
    • Note that the cabinet will need to be completely empty when you make this adjustment. Do not attempt to complete the process when the shelves are loaded, especially if they are heavily loaded.
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    Turn the adjustment wheel. Locate the thumbscrew adjustment wheel in the cut-out portion of the center shaft. Rotate the wheel clockwise to raise the door and counterclockwise to lower the door.
    • Note that each full rotation moves the door by 1/32 inch (0.8 mm).
    • You may need to apply gentle pressure to the underside of the bottom shelf to aid the adjustment if you are attempting to raise the door.
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    Return the retainer clip. After adjusting the door to the proper height, return the retainer clip to its original position at the bottom of the pole.
    • It's also a good idea to tighten all of the adjustment screws attached to the center shaft, shelves, and door after setting the height. Doing so could help prevent the door from falling out of alignment again.

Insufficient Side Clearance

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    Outline the top and bottom brackets. Using erasable pencil, lightly outline the current position of the top and bottom brackets.
    • Doing so is not strictly necessary, but it can give you a reference point to work from as you make the adjustment. Note that the pencil marks should be erased once you complete the process.
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    Realign the pivot pole from the top. Open the door to reveal the upper housing unit holding the pivot pole in place. Center this pivot point and realign the pole accordingly.
    • Use a screwdriver to remove the setscrews and loosen the star washers at the top of the pivot.
    • Adjust the position of the pivot and pole until both appear centered within the unit.
    • Tighten the star washers, then return the setscrews to their original position. Check the position again to make sure that it wasn't altered as you returned the hardware.
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    Realign the pivot base. Open the door, leaving it wide enough to expose the bottom bracket. Loosen the bracket from both sides and realign the pivot cam base until it sits centered at the bottom of the unit.
    • Open the door to the left. Remove the setscrew and loosen the star washer holding the bracket in place.
    • Open the door to the right. Repeat the previous step from this side: remove the setscrew and loosen the star washer.
    • Correct the position of the pivot cam base until it's aligned to the center of the pole.
    • Tighten the star washers and replace the screws at both sides of the bottom bracket. Verify that the position did not become altered while you were returning these pieces to their original positions.
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    Check the door. The door should be properly aligned within its frame after you complete the top and bottom adjustments.
    • If the side clearance is still unequal, you will need to repeat the same steps to adjust it further.

Things You'll Need

Rotation Adjustments

  • Wrench or ratchet
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

Door Adjustments

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

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