You'll just have to do without the tray. This is why I avoid
keyboard/mouse trays. Most are junk and poorly designed.
That besides the bad ergonomics.
Even the ones on most of the commercial office desks, which is where I
learned to avoid them.
Better off with a sturdy table for a computer or big old
You found out the hard way.
Didn't read your whole post, it's too long. Here's your first problem.
When you tighten some screws firmly they block part of thj mechanism.
Everything works ok when the screws are slightly slack but they then work
Ok, the screws area little too long. Take out the screw and head to the
hardware store. Buy a shorter screw. Now find some washers that fit your
screw. Now head home. Try the shorter screws. Fixed? If not take the old
screws and put a washer or two on them and try them. Fixed? If not we head
back to the store and buy Loctite thread cement. Get the Blue one, it's
medium strength. Use the glue on the threads and reassemble. When the glue
dries it should prevent the screws from slackening.
So, what's the next problem?
From the problems you have had, the numerous fixes you've tried that
have failed, other recommendations that have been offered that for
whatever reason, in your opinion, won't work it's time to resign
yourself to the fact that your desk is a piece of crap. Get rid of it
and buy something of higher quality. You'll be glad you did.
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