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#1 Whichwayisnorth

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:09 AM

On my LX850 everything is allen head bolts. Some of the things don't really require any more torque than you can do by hand. I am considering replacing those bolts with knobbed bolts so I can tighten/loosen with my hands. Anyone have a recommendation to source them? I was looking at these T-Nuts web page and buying stainless studs that I would thread into the knobs along with some lock tight or jb weld to hold them on tight.

I'd prefer to buy some nice anodized blue knobs though :)

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:49 AM

What you're looking for are 'thumbscrews'. Just search google for the thread size needed and you'll get a bunch of results (but you'll have to ignore the torture device references!). Macmaster-Carr has a goodish selection, I've also found them in hobby and computer stores

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:22 PM

Grangers has a wide variety of knobs...

http://www.grainger....ch&N=12493&i...

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:22 PM

Thank you. I'll take a look at those options. I need to measure the bolt size and thread type first.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:11 PM

I find these to be the best fit for my purposes. Mainly the Kipp brand.

http://www.grainger....=star knobs&...

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:41 AM

ttrackusa.com
I bought some from here.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:52 AM

ADM makes some nice knobs, and can do the blue anodizing. They sell some "off the shelf" for tripods:
http://www.admaccess...d_Knob_Set.htm?

But, you should email him with what details on what you're looking for. He does custom work and might be able to make some up for you. Not sure whether the cost will be reasonable or not, but it's worth asking. I guess it depends on how important that pretty blue anodizing is to you. :grin:

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:36 AM

Grainger is expensive. There are other much more reasonable places to get knobs including the following:

http://www.reidsupply.com
http://www.jwwinco.com

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

I ordered, Threaded Stud Thermoplastic T-Handle Knobs, from Reid Supply via Amazon. I use them to mount my C90 and C-8 SCT to their wedge and the wedge to the tripod. Love those things.
Sometimes there is no difference in price or shipping buying via Amazon or direct and sometimes there is. Pays to shop.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:12 PM

ScopeStuff has a good selection of thumb screws.
http://www.scopestuff.com/ss_scr1.htm
http://www.scopestuff.com/#Threaded Things
etc. poke around in there a bit

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:21 PM

how about JB WELDING wingnuts onto the studs?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:43 AM

how about JB WELDING wingnuts onto the studs?


I like that. You could also use a 'jam nut' or high strength Loctite.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:52 PM

how about JB WELDING wingnuts onto the studs?


I like that. You could also use a 'jam nut' or high strength Loctite.


Or, you could just go to Ace Hardware, which carries a selection of "thumbscrews" as well as other options (depending on the store) such as knob topped screws designed to be tightened by hand.

As to gluing a wingnut to a stud - well, if you want trust your equipment to this kind of a jury rig, be my guest.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

ADM makes some nice knobs, and can do the blue anodizing. They sell some "off the shelf" for tripods:
http://www.admaccess...d_Knob_Set.htm?

But, you should email him with what details on what you're looking for. He does custom work and might be able to make some up for you. Not sure whether the cost will be reasonable or not, but it's worth asking. I guess it depends on how important that pretty blue anodizing is to you. :grin:

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I really like these. Exactly what I had in mind!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

Try some woodworking supply stores and/or web sites. A lot of people use them to make jigs.

http://www.woodcraft...dimproductgr...

http://woodworking.r...-parts-t-tracks

These should get you started.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:27 PM

I like to make my own. Never had one fail and some are 25 years old. Those in this pic were under construction 6 years ago.

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