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PostSubject: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:21 pm

So I have this La-Z-Boy recliner I got back in '84 when I bought my first house. It wasn't cheap back then even on sale, but I figured spend the money once on a quality item and it will pay you back. Turns out I was right. 

In all this time it only had one problem with a spring which I was able to obtain from the factory and DIY. Only a couple bucks.

Recently, one of the brackets that supported the footrest on one side broke. Examining it, it became apparent that this was far beyond a DIY job. Too many details to go into, despite the fact it was rather obvious.

Basically the entire assembly of the footrest brackets on that side need to be removed in order to replace this one particular bracket. And in order to do that it looks like the seat needs to be removed and some of the fabric material seems to be permanently affixed!

So, I called up the local corporate office and got the repair dept. They said they don't do in-home repairs but I could bring the recliner into their location, which isn't really very far from me.

They would have to determine whether they can get the parts for a 31 year old recliner before apprising me of the repair status. So I'll probably have to leave it with them until they can decide this.

The punch line is that due to the age (31 years) there would be no charge for the repairs! Yes you read that right! Back them they had a lifetime warranty!

The way that I see it, this chair has plenty more years life left in it and could see me out. Ya, they don't build them like they used to.

And while I'm on the subject, I'm still using the Amana Touchmatic microwave oven I also got in '84 (maybe '83). Going like a champ with no loss of power or problems.

Also had a Toshiba grind and brew coffemaker I got in the mid 80's that lasted me 23 years with one element replacement and one basket. Sadly they don't make them anymore.

So what are your "they don't build them like they used to" stories?



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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:52 pm

Well, I gotta say your a bit more frugal then me BD. After owning something for 30 years and it gives out and I can't repair it, I figure it's time to dust off the pocket book and get me a new one.

And for my "they don't build them like they used to" I still have the complete 1940's waterfall bedroom set
I bought at a Salvation Army store a few years before I got married back in 1977, in pretty much the same condition (Very Good) only with a bit newer mattress and box spring, wait,.......NO! same box spring.
I've got boots Tony Lama's and Justin's (When they were made in America)I bought back then that still look pretty new but, there still not as old as the bedroom set. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:11 pm

I've got the double bed my folks had when I was born and they got it back in '43. It was made in Peterborough, New Hampshire back in 1784. It was adapted to use a modern box spring and mattress back when my folks got it and it's got a mattress I bought in the early '80s on it now. It's been a good bed and works well with several of the other 18th century pieces I have and use in my house today. Would these count? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:00 am

The single most frequent debate topic my missus and I have had in the past 42 years is this-- "Resolved: It is poor management to replace something that has plenty of good use left in it." I take the pro side, she takes the con.
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:31 pm

Forgot to mention the pepper grinder I got as a gift back in the mid-80's. Still going strong. And I use it every day.



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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:23 pm

La-Z-Boy from 1994. The ratchet that holds the chair tilted with the leg rest up wore out. The teeth were worn smooth. A fifteen minute session with a Dremel tool freshened the grooves and we're back in business.

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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:31 pm

By way of an epilogue to the La-Z-Boy adventure, today I took the chair down to the local company headquarters. Actually just the lower portion of the recliner, since the back of the chair wasn't involved and it slides right off via 2 brackets. Much easier to transport that way as well.

The front office gal called a tech and I showed him the problem. A broken bracket, and he took the chair to see if he had one in stock. There was some question about this due to the age of the chair (31 years).

Waited in the front lobby and after like 15 minutes the tech came out and wanted me to come back to the shop area. Said it was good news.

It turned out he had the bracket in stock and had already replaced it. He then proceeded to show me how it was attached and how to re-assemble the parts from there. Seemed pretty straightforward once I saw the procedure. Just would need a long extension for a socket set. Otherwise all standard stuff. So now I can DIY if need be.

The tech was very courteous and I was impressed with their CS. 15 minutes there and I had the repaired chair ready to go home. And no charge! Just cost me my time and gas. I'll gladly pay that anytime.

So I have my favorite recliner back on a new lease on life. Hopefully it gives me another 31 years! Gotta say La-Z-Boy stands behind their products. They never even asked me for a receipt of purchase (which of course I no longer have), although the mfr information was on the tag still attached to the chair. A bit faded though.

Once again, they don't build them like they used to!

I love a happy ending!


sunny 



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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:21 pm

BD, Great to hear there are people and manufacturers out there that still care about there work and customers and not just the all mighty buck. A lot of people could stand to learn something from Lazy Boy which is truly an Oxymoron for Conscientious people who care.
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:39 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
BD, Great to hear there are people and manufacturers out there that still care about there work and customers and not just the all mighty buck. A lot of people could stand to learn something from Lazy Boy which is truly an Oxymoron for Conscientious people who care.  


Truer words were never spoken Ron. La-Z-Boy is a class act afaic.

cheers



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edit to add: they never once asked me for my e-mail addy so I could write a review about this. So many sites make this a SOP. Very refreshing to know that they won't be bombarding me with adverts about their new sales and such!

That speaks volumes about their integrity.

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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:12 am

Hey Rande,

I've been following your thread with interest, and have had my fingers crossed for you. It seems like you've had a great outcome! Top marks to Lazy Boy!

This for me is like one of those 'feel good' films as it has shown a little glimmer of retail hope amid a sea of day to day rubbish. Sadly I believe that service like that is a very rare thing these days.

Great result Rande! Made up for you!
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:40 pm

Bummer for me, I just got rid of a 35 year old Lazy Boy recliner which was literally falling apart from the inside, metal parts dropping to the ground left and right. I had no idea they honored a lifetime warranty. I just figured old ugly chair falling apart = time to call Goodwill. Oh well...
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:41 pm

Never had such good luck with furniture. I've got a knockoff Eames chair that's held up alright, but I've only had it for about ten years and it was unused for about thirty before that. I've got some power tools that belonged to my father. Heavy, ugly metal beasts that are apparently immortal.
Anyone know about camping stoves? Eklektos, maybe? Back in '89 I bought a used Svea. Sounds like a jet engine firing up. I hadn't seen it it many years and had written it off as "lost in a box during a move". I found it in the basement a few months ago, green with verdigris. (They're made of brass.) I noticed it still had some fuel in it and thought I'd give it a try. It lit right up like it had been used yesterday!
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:28 am

Great testimony Rande. My folks had a Lazy Boy way back when that seemed to last forever too.

Personally I have a 1963 Fender Precision bass that just seems to go on and on. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:04 pm

RobJ wrote:
Great testimony Rande. My folks had a Lazy Boy way back when that seemed to last forever too.

Personally I have a 1963 Fender Precision bass that just seems to go on and on. Very Happy

cheers

Yup. Old Fenders never die - they just get better with age.


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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:04 pm

Just had to resurrect this old thread.

I'm reminded that my trusty beer fridge is still going strong after prolly 50-odd years!

Got it back in the mid-80's. Saw it in someone's yard back in Ma-wa-kee for free, and took it home. It's the older style with rounded corners. No auto-defrost. So that puts it somewhere in the 60's to my mind.

The squared corners came out late 60's/early 70's iirc. At least that's when I remember my folks getting one of the newer fridges in. And that was one of the finishes that was brown with frosted edges. They also offered avacado frosted, sunrise frosted (yellowish) among others.

In any event, this unit is an old Hotpoint warhorse. It's survived 4-5 moves, one clear across the country, been bumped around, put on its side, and always came up fighting. And it still works perfect. Yes, it's an electric energy hog. But they built them to last back then. I can live with that.

I use it for my draft beer. Have 2 taps in the door. My own beer, of course. And it does need manual defrosting occasionally. NBD.

Cosmetically, it's not so nice. Some chips out of the enamel on the door are now rusting. But it lives in my garage, so beauty is not important. Performance is.

I actually had an older beer fridge - an International Harvester brand (believe it or not) that was prolly early 60's production. Maybe even late 50's! Had a great big handle and a very small freezer. Ran that for 25 years before giving it to a fellow brewer. Always worked great, but it was smaller and I needed more capacity.

Yup, they don't make 'em like they used to. Not even close.

Anyone else have a story?

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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:02 pm

We were gifted a large Samsung microwave in 95 when we got married. That thing made 4 cross country moves and numerous local moves and never had a single issue with it. The wife insisted it was time for a new one this year. She thinks its gone to GoodWill but it sits out in the shed waiting for the new one to kick the bucket.

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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:23 pm

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We were gifted a large Samsung microwave in 95 when we got married. That thing made 4 cross country moves and numerous local moves and never had a single issue with it. The wife insisted it was time for a new one this year. She thinks its gone to GoodWill but it sits out in the shed waiting for the new one to kick the bucket.

Jim

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:38 pm

“They don’t make ‘em ...”. I’d say a good example of this is power equipment, especially that used for home use. The new ones are less durable than the old ones and often have a useful life that is estimated by hours of use. Also, modern gasoline hastens the demise of the small engines. Last time I bought a new leaf blower, the dealer separated them by estimating how many hours they’d give. I bought the 50-hour model and, sure enough, it started spewing white smoke then quit right on schedule.
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:15 pm

huffelpuff wrote:
We were gifted a large Samsung microwave in 95 when we got married. That thing made 4 cross country moves and numerous local moves and never had a single issue with it. The wife insisted it was time for a new one this year. She thinks its gone to GoodWill but it sits out in the shed waiting for the new one to kick the bucket.

Jim

I get it Jim. My Amana microwave I got back around '83/'84 continues to work perfectly. I use it everyday and it doesn't seem to have lost any of its power.

And the La-Z-boy is still going strong. Although I am now a little more gentle when deploying the footrest and extension!


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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:13 pm

This is my 1968 Volkswagen Beetle ... gonna be an antique next year.





I wish there was some way for me to know how many miles that it has on it, but there's just no way to know definitively.

The title that I received when I bought it 10 years ago read "NA" in the odometer slot, so one can only wonder.

I use it as a daily driver, and I have put about 52,000 miles on it, since I bought it, doing short errands around town.

But I have also taken it across the Sierra Madre, up mountains that would make a Billy goat dizzy, without a hitch.

And sure, it needs a little bit of love once in awhile, but that's the nice thing about these cars: you can fix pretty much anything and everything yourself.

And rarely does a repair cost you more than a hundred bucks.

Oh, did I mention the gas mileage? I'm getting 25 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Not bad for a 49 year old car, eh?

Oh, and sorry, it's not for sale. Hardly a day passes that somebody doesn't ask me about that.

Somehow, I can't help but think that the automobile industry went astray somewhere along the way.


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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:07 pm

That is very cool, Mr. Perkins!

Cool


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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:41 pm

R. M. Perkins wrote:
This is my 1968 Volkswagen Beetle ...

Friend of mine had one of those, the same year, only blue. He once called me to ask for a push to get it started. Seems he had been fishing and the car had rolled into the NY State Erie Canal. It floated for about 20 minutes, then sank. He managed to drag it out with a tow truck, brought it home, dried out the plugs and distributor, and called me. Took about two miles of pushing with my truck, the car coughed a couple a frogs or something out of the exhaust, and took off. He then went to college for four years and became an accountant. That's kind of a non-sequitur, except that I'm pretty sure it served him well for those four years and probably beyond.
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:15 pm

Hey, I had a red 1969 just like that! My F-I-L had a red 1968 also. It looked cute to see both of those beetles in the driveway together. I always wondered if they would make any offspring! Shocked Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:44 am

Thanks guys. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: They don't make 'em like they used to!   Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:25 pm

WOW, this is an old thread that’s been reborn! Just to add my 2 cents, my next project will be to fully restore my Lazy Boy lounger From 1978. Yup, I’m the original ownwer and purchased this Lazy Boy that’s still in perfect mechanical working order. Well a few years back I did replace a few metal braces that I purchased from the factory. Now I have the time to re-cushion and replace the leather which I purchased in Spain a few years back. Still enjoy working with the hands God gave me!!

PS, R.M. Perkins your VW is a beauty. I have a fully restored ‘68 Pontiac Firebird. One day I’ll figure out how to post pictures.
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