Repairing not replacing

How long do you think a chair should last? Personally I think it should be more than the two years this one managed. I guess someone gave it a bit of abuse – one of the front legs was levered out of its fixings.

So that meant more fixing for Ian to do. We always try to repair rather than to replace things that break – quailty permitting. And this time I suspect Ian’s repairs have actually made it stronger. It wasn’t the most sturdy original build I’ve ever seen. And it took most of a morning to rebuild. So that makes it quite an expensive chair now, considering what else we could have been doing with the time.

But shouldn’t ‘consumer durables’ be built to last a little longer? The manufacturing date stamp on the bottom said 8 Nov 2008.