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How to (Permanently) Balance a Table

There are few things more insidiously and persistently annoying than a wobbly table. You sit down with the desire to relax, and you’re immediately forced to embark on some kind of engineering mission. <em>It's no fun.</em></br></br>As far as simple machines go, the wedge is a clear winner when it comes to fixing wobbly tables, at least temporarily. A piece of paper, a coaster, a matchbook; all have been employed to keep our drinks upright and our minds at ease.</br></br>The problem, though, is that these are stopgap solutions better left at the restaurant. A new table is the preferred option, of course, but if you’re not ready for that here are a couple ways to permanently balance your table at home.</br></br><strong>To Level Wood Tables: Use a Screw</strong></br></br>This is an easy and effective fix if your <a title="Dining Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-tables/" target="_blank">wooden table</a> legs have a bit of girth to them. And, even if they don’t, you can usually find a screw small enough to accommodate thinner legs.</br></br>1. Find the “short” leg by pushing down on your table to level it.</br>2. Once located, flip the table onto its side and insert a screw into the bottom of the short leg.</br>3. Flip the table back on its feet and check the levelness.</br>4. If it’s still off, adjust the screw to the desired depth.</br></br>BONUS: You may want to add some padding to the screw, especially if your table sits on a wood or linoleum floor.</br></br><strong>To Level Anything Else: Use Duct Tape</strong></br></br>No one said it was going to be pretty, but with a little finesse it can be very, <em>very</em> hard to notice.</br></br>1. Find the “short” leg by pushing down on your table to level it.</br>2. Once located, flip the table onto its side and apply tape in layers only to the bottom, if possible. If not, wrap it.</br>3. Apply how much you need depending on the amount of unevenness. Keep checking, and stop applying tape once it’s level.</br>4. Spray paint the duct tape to match the table.</br></br>BONUS: Use painter’s tape to tape off your table leg and spray paint the duct tape to match the table's color.</br></br>Hopefully, these tips will help you save a little money and live a more, ah, balanced life.
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