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Repair Question - Fixing A Loose Ball Joint On Flat Desk Pen Base

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#1 Sketchboy


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 17:45

Hello Wise Ones,

Has anyone had to repair a loose desk pen base whose ball joint (which holds up the pen) is loose and lays flat? I’m considering buying an Esterbrook desk pen set. The style of desk pen is the ultra flat base with a swiveling ball joint. But the ball joint is loose and the “holster” can’t hold the pen up.

The best research info I have is from model and toy enthusiasts who recommend Pledge Future Polish. However, these suggestions assume a disassembly of parts that I may not have the luxury of.

Has anyone had experience in this?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:01

Rather common desk base.  I would simply pass and look for another unless extremely cheap.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:20

Rather common desk base.  I would simply pass and look for another unless extremely cheap.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 15:03

What exactly is loose & how did it get loose - did something break or has it worn from friction.

To pad out worn friction surfaces, superglue is good. Apply a coat to both friction surfaces, reassemble after its dried. Multiple coats can be builtup.

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