Stress cracks in tripod clamp housing
Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:51 PM
I have attempted a repair by filling the cracks with two-part epoxy. If this doesn't work I'll be looking for a better fix or better tripod. Has anyone experienced the same problem? If so, what was your fix?
Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:37 PM
Since it was only one leg and I normally set up the tripod at the same height I just drilled a hole thru the two legs and bolted them together..Been fine for a number of years BUT I now only have 2 adjustable legs..
Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:45 PM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:02 PM
Because my tripod is housed in my observatory, and as such, I have no need to adjust the height, I have made a splint for the damaged leg.
Should I need it to be adjustable again, I would drill through the moulding and through the inner leg at three or four different heights, say two inch apart, and pass a metal or wooden pin through.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:52 PM
But, if you already have cracks, I'm not sure epoxy alone will work. I've had a similar problem with a music stand and was able to repair it very solidly using kevlar and epoxy. Kevlar fabric can be purchased in small quantities on ebay. Use an epoxy that takes a good 30 minutes of working time so you have time to work with it.
Cut strips of the Kevlar fabric to lay over and around the cracked spot. Mix up some epoxy and spread a thin layer onto the leg clamp housing. Lay the Kevlar strips over it and, using a disposable tool like a popsicle stick, press the kevlar into the wet epoxy. Spread another thin layer of epoxy over the Kevlar.
When you're done and it's dry, it won't look pretty, but it will be solid! You can sand it a bit and paint it black so it doesn't look so bad.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:23 AM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:39 PM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:51 PM
Great! Something else for me to obsess over. Now I will examine my tripod 20 times a day waiting for it to crack.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:55 PM
All seriousness aside though , it's a good idea to very lightly tighten the clamps, and then make an effort to change the leg length with your hands. Keep tightening a very little at a time and try again. When you've got it to where it's pretty difficult to move, you know it's tight enough. You'd be surprised how little it takes. That will give you an idea of how much force you should use when tightening.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:35 PM
PM me if you want to purchase the legs. My mount went nonworking after I fixed my tripod.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:10 PM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:51 AM
I feel your pain I've also lost a tripod leg on my Nexstar 5i. I kept the other two. PM me Maybe I can send you a replacement.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:23 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:21 PM