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New Akorn arrived.

First~ to assemble the cart.  Everything looked to be  straight forward.   Some of the bolt holes for the component pieces are mis-aligned by just enough to cause trouble.   But ultimately soluble.   Then putting the legs, shelf, & support brackets together while keeping all those pieces aligned and trying to insert balky  bolts will  take an octopus.  Not a one man job.
After way over an hour I quit.    Sweaty and pissed.   Akorn: 1  Me: zero.

 

Next to recruit another pair of hands.  Bad weekend for this.  Most everyone I know has gone to cooler climes [it was 107 today].    Those remaining are either inept or too decrepit to be of much help.

I briefly thought of taking it all to Goodwill and starting again.    Or going back to an original quick fix plan to get a set of hairpin legs and a table top to sit a Junior on.

 

Frustrating.

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1 hour ago, Paul in AZ said:

Frustrating. 

I managed to wrestle mine together on the deck by myself.  When I got done the bowl was over the little wheels and the cart is over the big wheels.  According to pictures it's supposed to be the opposite.  It doesn't have to travel much so it works just fine.  I still haven't figured out how I got the thing together going butt-end first.  Enjoy it when you get it smoking.

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I was 64 years old and recovering from open heart surgery when I put mine together by myself in my open garage with temps in the 90s. I took my time and read and followed instructions and all went well. It is not rocket science for certain but the instructions do help. :roll:

When I got an Akorn Jr not long after it was a breeze after doing the large one. :)

 

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Done~~~ almost

A neighbor came over and he/we got pretty much everything together.   Its missing a couple of the bolts that hold the table top down.   Off to Ace today if it is open and it will be finished.

 

Verdict: the stand is sturdy enough albeit a PITA for one person to assemble.   The machining accuracy of the stand's holes leaves a bit to be desired.  Other than the stand assembly is a piece of cake.

 

Coincidentally, that neighbor is an architect who once put a 10 foot long kamado into a Japanese restaurant.  Imagine what that weighed.

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I was 71 (?) when I put mine together...by myself in less than one day. Looked terrific until I tried to lift it into the shed At which point, the 'connectors that held the bottom shelf on, and which are made of plastic, broke. It was no easy fix. I had to re-engineer the whole attachment and shelf support using really large washers and a bit of aluminum tubing and long bolts. Did that right before winter. Come spring the connection on the other end sheared away as well and I had to repeat the whole process. 

 

But by gum, it's solid now and won't ever break again. And I am happy with my Akorn...I'd even buy another one despite knowing that I would have to go through that all over again.

 

And FWIW, I called Chargriller and  gave them he**, sent photos, etc. . But you know how that goes. I doubt they'd really pay attention--once something is designed and implemented like that it costs too much to change.

 

Bottom line, whoever designed that rinky-dink bit was no engineer or materials specialist, that I can guarantee.

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DWFII:

Well, I'm 82 and in pretty decent condition except for a total shoulder replacement that limits my right arm [dominant arm of course] to half or less full range of motion.

 

My next little glitch with this makes me chuckle.   I'd measured everything and thought I could assemble it in the garage & wheel it through the house to the patio.  I failed to consider the large wheels which are wider than the cart and are a tad too wide for the doors.   So now it has to get wheeled all the way around the outside of the house over crushed rock.

 

Maybe one of these days I will get to put a match to some coals.

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I told my wife I would assemble solo on this one for sure.  She called over one of our adult boys anyway... "just to help move it onto the deck when done" lol.  Glad she did.  It wasn't difficult but the parts are off just enough and the screws are easily stripped.  It takes one person to hold some of the parts in alignment and another to drive the screws without stripping them.  Now it is possible to just drive the screws and bugger them up but God help you if you ever have to take any out for anything.  It is also real easy to strip out the threaded parts and then you are screwed. 

 

All in all I was impressed with the cart once done.  It is huge and you can put several plates on it.  It really adds a lot of stability to the grill and makes it a breeze to move around.  The large wheels are stout and the small ones lock real good.  I was surprised it had very little plastic on it beyond the top shelf.  I have seen WAY worse directions on Chinese products.  

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