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Manfrotto head stuck on tripod


MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:15PM
Hi....I'm trying to remove 322RC2 head from my tripod, hopefully to fix it to a monopod.
I stuck a screwdriver in hole and tried turning head anti clockwise but it won't budge.
...any advice please:

thanks...Mike

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strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:16PM
Hit it a few times.

Stick it in the freezer.

try spraying WD40 into the joint area.
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:34PM
...tried the first
...freezer not big enough for second
...I've done the third now...laid tripod down and will leave it overnight....heres hopeing;

thanks...Mike
cameracat 16 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
25 Jun 2008 11:36PM
Have you undone the 3 locking screws from underneath.....?

If not it will never come off......Sad
hook 13 706 England
25 Jun 2008 11:37PM
is it the one with litle screws areund the outside?
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:41PM

Quote:Have you undone the 3 locking screws from underneath..


No I haven't...I did wonder about them but I never put them in.

...i'll take them out now.

cheers....Mike
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:49PM

Quote:Is it the one with litle screws areund the outside?


No..the screws are underneath :

...taken them out now but no change and I've tried hiting it with the heel of my hand.

....Mike
geoffash26 16 2.5k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:56PM
having confirmed no locking screws from undernief :0
If you have some old drill bits find one that fits the hole snugly as a round shaft is better than a screw driver....... followed by a swift sharp tap in the correct direction..... strapping the tripod down with a strap or clamp will help as the least movement on the tripod when you give the drill a good tap will be an advantage
good luck
edit
Swift tap.... with a hammer
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 12:03AM

Quote:Swift tap.... with a hammer


thanks...sounds good....i'll try that in the morning.

goodnight all....Mike
MeanGreeny 14 3.7k England
26 Jun 2008 7:25AM
If all else fails go to a kitchen shop and buy a strap wrench used for taking the lids off jars. The 'straps' are made of rubber nowadays instead of braided cotton [or whatever it was] and they grip much better. Won't cause any damage to the head either.

You can also use it on jam jars after
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 8:55AM

Quote:Swift tap.... with a hammer


cheers Geoff...that worked...no problem :

thanks everyone.....Mike

Quote:having confirmed no locking screws from undernief :0
If you have some old drill bits find one that fits the hole snugly as a round shaft is better than a screw driver....... followed by a swift sharp tap in the correct direction..... strapping the tripod down with a strap or clamp will help as the least movement on the tripod when you give the drill a good tap will be an advantage
good luck
edit
Swift tap.... with a hammer



11 years later - thank you!! Worked like a charm (and I do love the Manfrotto head)
LenShepherd 12 4.1k United Kingdom
4 Feb 2020 9:36AM
This is relatively easy to resolve Grin

First fully tighten all the knobs on the head.

Then tripod in one hand and head in the other give the head a sharp anti-clockwise wrench with one hand - and it should instantly come loose.
If the heads twists instead of unlocking the locking controls are not tight enough.

If you have less than average strength ask someone else to do it.

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