SolidSteel 5.4 equipment stand owners - question


I just received this stand last night. Everything is cool except I am unable to install spikes. They seem to go in about 5-7 mm and they don't go any further than that. These spikes are round on the sides so I can't use a wranch. I tried the pliers and the amount of force required to progress them any further into the thread inside the rack pole makes me think that there is something wrong. Has anyone else encountered similar problems with this product or is it just my luck? I called the place where I ordered it from and waiting for an answer, but figured to ask here as well. Thanks.
audphile1
Have you tried coating the threads with some sort of lubricant, e.g. WD40 first? It will making threading much easier.
I have two SolidSteel 5.4 stands. There is a nut that goes on each spike. The spike with the nut should screw in the leg almost all the way to the nut. This way the stand can be leveled with the nut if needed.

The SolidSteel 5 is a nice rack for the money. I filled mine with play sand and it made a big difference. The other thing I would strongly suggest is to use Blu-Tac between the top of the cones and the shelf, especially the top shelf. This way the shelves can't be accidentally bumped off the cones.
I know nothing about the solidsteel racks but having designed a few racks of my own, more than likely what you've encountered is a machine shop that neglected to clean out the threaded parts of the points so all the grunge from the tapping is stopping you from completing the threading.

Try running the internal threads on the points under warm water to thoroughly rinse out the internal threads and you might also get a damp paper towel to clean the threads on the rods.

Hope this helps,
thanks everyone. I am going to take another shot at this tonight or tomorrow. I talked with the distributor and they also suggested to lube the thread. I have some WD40, I think it should do. They also suggested to use vic grip to thread the spikes in. I just didn't want to mess things up. But since they said to use vice grip, I am not worried about it. I love this stand though. Nice looking and seems to damp the resonance pretty good.
Will see how my second attempt will go. If the spikes won't go in, the distributor said they will send me replacement spikes. I hope not to mess up the thread on the insode of the poles though. thanks again.

You might want to take a small rag and wrap it around the spike so the vice grips don't scratch up the spikes. The WD40 is a good idea and should help. Good luck and let us know what happens.

You might want to take a small rag and wrap it around the spike so the vice grips don't scratch up the spikes. The WD40 is a good idea and should help. Good luck and let us know what happens.
thanx, Lostbears. Good idea! I'll post once I get to it.
Some Hoppe's 9 oil and vice grip and these bastards finally went in.
Thanks all for your help!!!