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Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions?
      #3077955 - 04/30/09 09:42 PM

Hi. Last Saturday I noticed that one of the black, pointy aluminum feet on my Atlas tripod was loose. I could rotate it on the stainless steel tripod leg. I'm assuming these fittings are glued in place. What sort of adhesive ought I to use to re-secure it? (Bonding cast aluminum to stainless steel.)

Thanks!

- Jim

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #3077992 - 04/30/09 10:00 PM

jbweld bonds everything.

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #3078237 - 05/01/09 12:35 AM

JB Weld rocks! Can't go wrong with that stuff.

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #3079108 - 05/01/09 01:59 PM

Thanks Gents, JB Weld is is then.

It's raining today (and all weekend) so I may as well fix 'er up.

Regards,

Jim

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #3079453 - 05/01/09 04:55 PM

Did you check to see if there was a set-screw to tighten it?

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: jim molinari]
      #3079493 - 05/01/09 05:21 PM

I'd use contact cement because if I ever needed to remove the foot to service the leg it could be done. JB weld will not allow you to do that. Once it's on, it's on for good!

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: Telescopeman54]
      #3080653 - 05/02/09 09:34 AM

Quote:

I'd use contact cement because if I ever needed to remove the foot to service the leg it could be done. JB weld will not allow you to do that. Once it's on, it's on for good!

Steve




Actually, JB Welded pieces can be removed if needed. I have had to do it several times over the years. Of course it does depend on the media being joined together. In this case both are metal...this removal can be done by heating both pieces with a propane torch. It depends on how much JB was used too, but generaly just 250 to 350 degrees will soften the JB product. It will become soft and both pieces will come apart.

Of course you will need to wear thick leather gloves so as not to burn yourself and \ or a clamping devise to hold each piece.

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: jim molinari]
      #3080887 - 05/02/09 11:23 AM

Quote:

Did you check to see if there was a set-screw to tighten it?




There are no screws. All the Celestron/Synta leg tips are glued on and will fall off eventually. I used Superglue, but JB is prob'ly better.

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Re: Atlas Tripod Issue: Repair Suggestions? new [Re: rmollise]
      #3082485 - 05/03/09 10:18 AM

I haven't had good luck with Superglue or JB. Better luck with epoxy. Just about my favorite adhesive for non-woodworking use is Goop. It will bond most anything to anything. Parts can be separated by wicking some acetone on the joint-the Goop will temporarily soften. Do NOT use Goop on telescope mirrors.

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