How many times have you turned a stand upside down to tighten the bottom bolt only for the stand to droop again within the hour? Too many times!
As soon as that bolt on the bottom is loose, the stand never really gets tightened properly again. Looking around Google led me to the Instructable “Permanently Fix a Manhasset Music Stand.” The instructions cover how to fix both the wobbly bottom as well as a loose top that dumps its music all over the floor. Lucky for me, all I had were wobbly stands and I didn’t need to deal with the upper part of the stands at all.
The materials listed in the Instructable calls for a few things that I didn’t need or didn’t have around and I added a few things of my own. Here’s what I used.
- Old toothbrush
- Rag for getting grease all over
- Socket wrench
- 17mm socket
- 5 min Epoxy
- Rubbing alcohol and rag to remove any just spilled wet epoxy
- So glad I had this ready for when the epoxy dripped all over my floor!
- Latex gloves if you don’t feel like getting your hands greasy
The following are based on steps 3 and 4 in the Instructable, with minor variations.
- Remove the bottom bolt using the socket wrench. Set tapered washer aside.
- The instructable shows the end cap coming off, but none of mine did. You can leave that part on.
- Clean the bottom bolt with the old toothbrush.
- Put the bolt on the rag and drag the toothbrush across and onto the rag. The grease should transfer to the rag. Rotate the bolt while brushing.
- To finish, grip the threads of the bolt in the rag and spin the bolt to get out any last debris.
- This process removes slippery grease that originally helped the stand get put together, but which is now helping the bolt to come undone unintentionally.
- Use a Q-tip to clean out any grease from the music stand shaft inner threads.
- Put the tapered washer back on the bolt.
- Start making a stand line up to make it easy to get to all the stands.
The next part, putting epoxy on the music stand shaft inner threads, has to happen quickly. I found that my epoxy liked to dry in the applicator, so I got through half my stands and had to use the second applicator. The one package of epoxy was enough for my 30 stands. I would seriously recommend some help for this part. Having another person there was enormously helpful and made sure that the process was quick enough to get ahead of the epoxy drying.
- Follow the directions on the Epoxy to prepare the glue.
- Apply a liberal about of glue to the music stand shaft inner threads by starting at the innermost thread and moving out to the outermost thread. This makes a line of glue perpendicular to the threads.
- You don’t need the glue to come all the way out to the edge, there is a small gap between the last thread and the end cap that doesn’t need glue.
- My epoxy came with a really long applicator that was perfect for applying to the inner threads. If you don’t have a long applicator, you can use something like a skewer or Q-Tip to get the Epoxy in there.
- Immediately place the bottom feet piece on the shaft and screw the bolt into place.
- Use the socket wrench to secure firmly. If you’re strong, don’t go at it too much or the end cap might break.
- Stand upright to dry.
- I did this because I didn’t want uneven pressure on the shaft.
I decided to glue all my stands. Here’s to hoping they’ll hold up better this year!