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Locked monopod


14 Nov 2012 2:12PM
I have a very old but very good monopod which has one section locked solid, this was caused when it was misused as a battering ram to free a car wheel stuck in ice. I think the olive on the section is welded to the section.

It's all my fault but I wondered if anybody knew of a tripod repair person?

Help Please SadSadSad

Dougie

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UKMike2013 2 20 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 2:27PM
Considering that a decent new monopod from the likes of Manfrotto will only cost around 40 and that a decent repairer will be charging time at 50 an hour at least, it would seem the answer is to scrap it and start again.

Might be worth getting brutal with it first to see if you can free it up. Gentle heat on the outside part with a hot air paintstripper might just give enough expansion to free it (use gloves).
14 Nov 2012 2:37PM
Yes I might have to bite the bullet and get a new one, but you wouldn't want a 40 monopod for a heavy camera and lens.

Thanks for the thought though Mike.
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
14 Nov 2012 3:12PM
Looks like you haven't got a leg to stand on Dougie Wink Smile
icphoto 13 1.5k England
14 Nov 2012 3:41PM
Try a tin of 'shock to unlock' from Halfords, great stuff, works on most things, better than WD40.Wink
14 Nov 2012 4:03PM
Cheers I'll try the shock to unlock routeGrin

and Tooth I still have a leg buts it's kinda short.Wink
JackAllTog e2
5 3.7k 58 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 5:20PM
Another idea is to freeze/heat the area and hope that that creates enough play in the joint. but i think the new one will be the real answer.
UKMike2013 2 20 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 5:25PM

Quote:Yes I might have to bite the bullet and get a new one, but you wouldn't want a 40 monopod for a heavy camera and lens.

Thanks for the thought though Mike.



I'm not sure how heavy your camera and len combination might be, but the Manfrotto 290-3 section is rated up to 5 kgs for the 40 and their 557B (although this one is 80) is rated to 12kgs.

The Benbo 109 2 section with tilting head is rated to 8 kgs and is only 33

Just stick to the simpler designs with fewer sections and a 40 monopod is very capable of supporting most equipment that is still classed as portable.
UKMike2013 2 20 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 5:31PM

Quote:

The Benbo 109 2 section with tilting head is rated to 8 kgs and is only 33 (Wex only rate it to 2kgs but Morris Photographic say 8kgs which seems more realistic)


15 Nov 2012 8:56AM
Thanks for all the help. I'll get a new one.

Dougie
Scutter e2
7 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 9:02AM
keep the old one in the car just in case you get stuck in a snow drift againTongueTongueTongueWinkSmileGrin
UKMike2013 2 20 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 6:40PM
Good luck in your search Dougie.

PS - you have some fine pictures in your portfolio Sir.
15 Nov 2012 6:42PM
Thanks for your help and your kind comment Mike.
Dougie

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