My way of coping with the Obama Recession has been to repair everything and replace nothing. The spirit of Alvin Dale has consumed me. From my 93 Oldsmobile to my ten year old Eureka upright I'm keeping everything churning.
This La-Z-Boy has been my friend for seventeen years. We had a Lane recliner that just wasn't as comfortable as my favorite La-Z-Boy. Like a seasoned wok this chair comes with its own flavor of my life. Bo likes to sleep on it, Simba would curl up behind it (she wasn't allowed in the living room but would sneak in after I started snoring and curl up behind me, as soon as my hand touched the handle she was back in the kitchen). I also have added to the ambience of the chair by sleeping in it for hours while the History Channel drones on.
The ratchet that allows the recliner to tilt far back just wore out. When I looked underneath it I found the arm rest covers and head cover that belies the original color of the fabric. I went to the La-Z-Boy website and found that parts are only available through dealers. Much to CP's chagrin I had her call them and to my surprise the parts were free; all I had to do was drive an hour to the outlet and pick them up. I'd like to thank President Obama for this CB moment. Without this recession I may have been tempted to buy a new La-Z-Boy. The new ones seem a bit more expensive and are a bit wider. They even have a self ejection model for those super lazy boys who have trouble returning to the verticle position. With luck my present recliner will last till I need the turbo model.