Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 15:00:26 -0500

Author: Richard Flarend

Subject: Re: lab stools


We bought 24 chairs 5 years ago from Staples (cloth, padded, arm rests,
pnuematic, 5 wheel), and our failure rate is exactly the same. Does
this mean that manufacturer doesn't matter?? I like them for the most
part, but the arm rests make them a bit too wide so we are going to
replace them soon with similar chairs w/o arms.


Jerry Hester wrote:

> I bought 100 "Task" chairs for our labs 4 years ago from
> Boise-Cascade. These are cloth covered, padded, pnuematic stools with
> the 5 star base and dual wheel casters. At this point, the cylinders
> on 4 of them have given out, two have holes in the covers, and 6 have
> significant stains that I have not attempted to clean. I think they
> have stood up very well.
> Jerry DiMarco wrote:
>> Had not thought about the poke a hole in the seat problem.
>> Should have remembered that idle hands are the devil's workshop, as
>> the old saying goes. What kind of chairs did you buy - plastic,
>> wood, stackable?
>> Jerry
>> At 11:25 AM 3/18/2004, you wrote:
>>> We have gone a similar route. The chairs are more comfortable and the
>>> students have (for the most part) taken good care of them. We do have
>>> narrow (about 24 inches), long (about 5 feet) tables at the traditional
>>> lab bench height for experiments where this height is more
>>> advantageous.
>>> Greg
>>> James Frysinger wrote:
>>> >We wrassled with this issue for nearly a year and I did a lot of
>>> catalog
>>> >punching. What we ended up doing was lowering the lab benches to
>>> normal
>>> desk height and going with new student chairs. The chairs run ~$30 as
>>> compared to lab stools at twice or thrice that. This also made me
>>> feel a little less queasy about the students who *will*, despite
>>> protestations and admonitions, crawl up on top of the lab benches.
>>> They have a slightly shorter distance to fall and since the tall
>>> apparati (e.g., resonance tubes with adjustable water levels) no
>>> longer rise as high students will hopefully be less inclinded to
>>> climb up there at all.
>>> >
>>> >The chairs are also more stable than lab stools and of course provided
>>> a shorter distance to fall. That may sound like a rare event but
>>> periodically
>>> >we have anorexic students pass out on us (especially as bikini weather
>>> >approaches and our beaches beckon). Several years ago I even
>>> experienced an episode in which a 20 year old female had a stroke in
>>> my lab class! Best yet, since we went to using chairs, Admin pays
>>> for them since we
>>> no longer are using "special furniture" and we don't have to take
>>> them out
>>> of our budget. The drawback was that I got to shorten all the lab
>>> benches, but that took me only three days. I should mention that
>>> ours are the open leg sort and not the cabinet sort. Comments are
>>> that the labs look "neater" and less
>>> cluttered. Go figure! I guess it's the perspective of a standing
>>> instructor.
>>> >
>>> >Jim
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>> Jerry DiMarco
>> Manager of Lecture Demonstrations and Instructional Labs
>> Montana State Univ., Physics Dept. Bozeman, MT
>> Our Motto: "There's a demo in there somewhere."

From Fri Mar 19 15:20:25 2004