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Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


How to fix Galant A-legs

Materials: Galant A-leg

Description: Having a couple of Galant style desks, with A type legs, I eventually ran into a problem that’s reported elsewhere: the leg cannot be “locked”. What happens is as follows:
1. One “unlocks” the leg by unscrewing it (anti or counter clockwise) to change the height.
2. The leg length is changed appropriately.
3. Attempting to lock the leg by screwing it clockwise results in it just turning and turning, and turning… And it doesn’t lock.

The chief culprit here is that the leg has been previously over-tightened. This aspect is most probably the least clear from the documentation, or the leg itself. How tight is enough? How tight is too tight? And no one wants a desk to fall down/over with a leg that is under-tightened.

(I can’t offer solid advice as to how tight is tight enough. However based on experience, once the leg grips, give it an extra twist – 1/4 – 1/2 rotation – by hand and that’s it. Don’t go further!)

So what to do when you have a “spinning leg”?

Step 1: Unscrew bottom part of leg, if necessary, and pull it out from the top part of the leg (Photo 1).


Photo 2 shows the two cones of the leg as it should be.

Photo 3 shows the two cones of the leg which suffers from this “spinning” problem. What’s happened is that the bottom cone has threaded itself onto the screw and so turning the leg results in the top part spinning as opposed to travelling down the thread. (To meet the bottom cone and then expand to lock the leg.)


Step 2: Grip the top of the threaded screw with pliers, but not the spring/washer structure, and unscrew the leg and bottom cone off the screw. You’ll know when to stop when the bottom part starts to spin on the screw because the thread only goes so far down the screw.


Photo 4 shows this done and it’s interesting to note that there’s a whole lot of plastic debris where the bottom cone has self-threaded itself onto the screw.

Step 3: Clear the debris with a knife or similar, see photo 5. Use super glue to lock the bottom cone to the screw, below the start of the thread. If necessary, also super glue the tabs of bottom part of the lower assembly of the bottom cone. (It’s not quite clear to me why this is free in the normal configuration – a manufacturing related design aspect(?) – but gluing everything results in a locked bottom part which is what you want.)


Step 4: With a knife, rough up both the surface of the bottom cone and the areas on the upper cone which contact the inside of the upper part of the leg. The whole leg works as a friction device and if the cones don’t grip – either to each other or to the inside of the upper part of the leg, then the leg won’t lock. (Indeed maybe this is a different type of spinning leg failure?)

I hope this helps!

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21 Responses to How to fix Galant A-legs

  1. Dean says:

    I use this desk in my tax business so it tipping over during a meeting is a big no no.
    This design gets my vote for rookie mechanical engineering fail of 2009(?).
    Easy fix for me was to use 1″ PVC cut about 12in long and then stuffed into the upper leg cavity. My legs extend out to 90cm so it worked great. I cut it a bit longer then trimmed it until my desk was just right.
    Crap design conquered.

  2. Peter Hough says:

    Ohhhh this is exactly what’s going on with my desk. Cheers. I know what I’ll be doing today now. :)

  3. Terry says:

    After my desk collapsed (wrecked new laptop screen), and after failing to get these steps to work, I collapsed broken leg all the way and measured distance needed to make the same height as the other legs. Cut a piece of dowel to this length and inserted in upper leg before inserting lower leg. Works like a charm an now stronger that the other legs :-)

  4. anna leah says:

    What if the leg is stuck in the “unextended” position and won’t engage to lengthen? i.e. stuck in the “unlocked” position.

  5. Rohit says:

    I tried this but I learned for me it’s the top cone that has threaded itself. So it comes all the way down but eventually starts spinning and so won’t tighten all the way. Don’t know how to fix that.

  6. Mark says:

    I was unscrewing the leg to lengthen it, and the bottom part came completely out. The black cone is actually WIDER than the top tube that it came out of. I have tried pushing it in, but it won’t budge. How do I get the stupid thing back in??????

  7. Filip says:

    Something that also worked for me, that’s a bit easier:

    If the leg keeps spinning (won’t lock) – bottom out the leg (push it in) all the way. Then tighten until you can feel slight resistance but the leg is still adjustable. Then adjust to the right height and finish tightening.

    This worked for me but I don’t think I overtightened the legs – I think I loosened them too much and then they wouldn’t lock.

    • rockerBOO says:

      This worked great for me. I seemed to have loosened it too much and just needed to tighten it up. Pushed it all the way up into the top part and turned counter-clockwise till it started to firm up and then it worked perfectly.

    • Yellofury says:

      Thanks! this was much easier!!

  8. Phil says:

    Im having trouble unscrewing the leg. Would you be able to post a how to video showing this please?

    • Mike says:

      The leg should already be spinning freely and unable to lock. Pull the leg so it is fully extended. Either with your fingernail or a flat head screw driver, gently separate the plastic ring from the bottom of the top leg portion. After it is removed, slowly and gently work the bottom leg out of the top one. The leg may be resistant at first, but be patient and continue to slowly rock it slightly back and forth, it should then slide out.

  9. Beth says:

    Anyone have a similar fix for the Gerton legs?

    • Jane says:

      I had no luck with fixing the Gerton. Eventually, I got a piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe, cut it to the length between the top of the bottom portion of the leg and the table top, stuck it in the top portion of the leg and inserted the bottom piece. Not the best hack, but it fixed the issue.

    • Chris says:

      Might be kind of late for you since you posted in March (!), but I was able to fix one of my spinning gerton legs using the same principle as shown here. Instead of gripping the conical plastic spinners with pliers, since the gerton uses cylinder spinners I found it easy to make sure both black plastic cylindrical spinners were flush, grab with one hand and rotate the leg with the other hand. Might take a couple of tries and a firm grip, but it worked for me. Good luck to whoever else finds this in the future!

  10. fottan says:

    thanks for the fix! i tought i had to throw away the table!

  11. andybarnett says:

    I’m using the Olov legs for a standing desk and I’m running into issues because they rattle when the desk is bumped our touched much. My desk is in a recording studio and I need it to stop making this rattling/clicking noise in the environment I’m in. It appears it has to do with the spring/screw in the leg clanking up against it and it gets worse as it echoes down the tube. Any suggestions on how to fix that anyone?

  12. Saenz says:

    I too am having problems with the Olov legs. I’m about to give up. I need help, please? Thanks!

  13. solomani says:

    Any advice on a similar problem that occurs with the Olov line of legs? They cant be undone if you over tighten them as well.

  14. Mike says:

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  15. Anne LK says:

    Thanks for posting this… I think this is the problem with my wobbly crafting desk.

  16. Kevin Markl says:

    I didn’t think these could be fixed/hacked. Thanks for posting this – will take a look at it this weekend!

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