Quote:Here is what you need to do and this could be a tall order. The legs are binding because the inside legs (smaller diameter) are either bent or dented or the outside legs are bent or dented. In either case you MUST get the offending legs off and out completely. Once off, check for any damage and correct if you can. If not, get some sandpaper and sand the leg (inside legs) down completely. (You will find that the paint on the legs is very thick...almost like they were dipped in paint, which may be exactly what they do. Once all the paint is sanded off, repaint with a very light coat just to cover and allow to dry. When you reassemble the legs, they should work okay...if you're lucky and if your problem was in the small legs.
Quote:I'm all set - problem solved. Took me an hour.The pic below are the 2 clutch pads that the screws that hold the extended tripod legs in place press against. Both of these were lodged inbetween the outer and inner leg causing them both to be stuck. There was also sand and dirt in there. (beach observing?). I inspected the inner and outer legs and they were both straight and not dinged or bent. I simply removed the clutch knobs all together, the set screws are good enough to hold the tripod legs extended. Plus, I'm not going to be extending them, I just needed to be able to do minor adjustments in order to level the tripod. Now ALL 3 legs work perfectly.Anyhow, thanx for the info, it was easier then I thought and I'm REALLY HAPPY it wasn't the legs being bent or dinged. Hopefully this tiny thread will help other people out who have issues with tripod legs. Sometimes it's not what you think it is - it's loose components.
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Quote:Yes sir, Randy, you found the offending piece. I found out early on with the first CGE I owned this bit of advice: DO NOT LOOSEN THE TRIPOD LEG EXTENSION KNOBS ANYMORE THAN IT NEEDED. Loosen them JUST ENOUGH to allow the legs to slip down. If you do this, the little brass slugs will stay put. Don't do it and you'll be taking the legs apart a lot. And as you found out, it is not fun. Congratulations on your first CGE tripod leg surgery! David
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