Wobbly Diving Board

sagosto

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May 28, 2019
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Mahwah, NJ
My diving board is a bit wobbly in the rear if someone stands on it and shifts their weight from side to side. Is that normal to have a bit of play in it? Or should that be fixed?
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
Please fix that!
You do *not* want an accident to happen due to a diving board moving unexpectedly..... the implications are scary to imagine. Both for the injured party and your insurance and having a known defect in such a risky-in-the-first-place item.

Maddie :flower:
 
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Arizonarob

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Mar 25, 2018
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There is to be zero movement in the base of a diving board. It’s only a matter of time before a bolt sheers off. Do not allow anyone to use it until it is repaired.
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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You're going to have to remove the board to check the base.

Block access to the board until it is fixed.
 

sagosto

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May 28, 2019
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Mahwah, NJ
I found one without the board. I took the board off and both bolts in the base have a ton of washers, a lock nut, and a nut. The nut is completely tight and there's a bit of play in one of the bolts as it appears another washer is needed. It was surprising to not be able to tighten down the nut more to remove the play.
 

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JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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I would remove the washers and nuts and check the bolts. Can you show a picture of the bolts when you get the washers off?

I suspect that the bolts might be replacements.

Do the bolts feel loose?