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#1 Janice Arthur

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 01:04 PM

Hi all;

Here is my trick for opening Pelican cases.

Place the heel of your hand on the top of the latch by the hinge.

Put a couple of fingers in by the tab.

Lift at the wrist.

Your fingers are supported and the wrist does the opening.

Works every time for me. (I swore at those cases everytime until I started doing this about 8 years ago.)

Let me know if it works for you.

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#2 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:58 AM

I've been doing it this way for years... no wonder everyone else felt so whiny about the latches. I also use my heel (of hand) to lock them too.
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#3 Scott Jason Gill

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:06 AM

I switched to storm cases! :P

Now, if I could just remember to put everything in the cases before closing them.
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#4 Peter Hoare

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 12:57 PM

Yeah I switched to storm cases too. Much better than Peli for the latches. The bigger peli cases with latches all down the sides etc, especially if its cold or wet, it hurts to open those things. The storm case latches open so easily and close easily, adn they have all the same guarantees and features as Peli cases do.

I have also recently been testing some new cases called NANUK. They are very cost effective and pretty good for the money. Their latches are easier to open than Peli cases too.


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#5 Thomas K. Jensen

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:36 PM

Storm cases are better than Peli.
Your knockles aren't bleeding after you have opened the case :-) that's a good thing - right?
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#6 RonBaldwin

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:40 PM

Storm cases are better than Peli.
Your knockles aren't bleeding after you have opened the case :-) that's a good thing - right?


I guess I have been doing something wrong all these years with pelicans...sometimes the latches can be stubborn but I have no bleeding knuckles, scars or need of joint replacement because of pelican latches. I now have to run down stairs, get out some peli cases and flip some latches to see if they are now magically misbehaving.

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#7 Janice Arthur

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:03 PM

Hi guys;

That's the point of this post. If you use the heel of your hand you
won't have the problem you've all described.

Of course you can buy new cases but if you don't want/can't afford to buy them this use-your-heel-of-hand-technique works.

Just saying its an option.

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#8 James Davis

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:22 AM

I do it this way some times, if the latch feels tight, but sometimes even that doesn't make it much easier, I think they are just a pain in the arse, can't wait until I can afford a storm with some nice custom foam to replace my peli, the amount of cursing and swearing I have let off after catching my fingernails/knuckles for the millionth time.

Anyone know the feasibility of getting a custom plastic colour from storm?

To match the blue in the logo here for instance: www.321collective.com ?

Haven't enquired yet but before I did was wondering if anyone knew in case I sound like an idiot for asking such a thing.
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#9 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:32 AM

To match the blue in the logo here for instance: www.321collective.com ?

Oooohhhh..... A nice powder blue....

Thats a reeeeeal manly color for your steadicam cases there James Posted Image
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#10 James Davis

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:38 AM

To match the blue in the logo here for instance: www.321collective.com ?

Oooohhhh..... A nice powder blue....

Thats a reeeeeal manly color for your steadicam cases there James Posted Image


Haha ok, I just thought it would be nice to have branded flight cases, you can never have too much self-promotion right?

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#11 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:54 AM

To match the blue in the logo here for instance: www.321collective.com ?

Oooohhhh..... A nice powder blue....

Thats a reeeeeal manly color for your steadicam cases there James Posted Image


Haha ok, I just thought it would be nice to have branded flight cases, you can never have too much self-promotion right?

:P

In that case (pun) YES!
Now a strong black color with the logo engraved and painted in would be sweet... but not sweet Posted Image


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#12 James Davis

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:06 AM

To match the blue in the logo here for instance: www.321collective.com ?

Oooohhhh..... A nice powder blue....

Thats a reeeeeal manly color for your steadicam cases there James Posted Image


Haha ok, I just thought it would be nice to have branded flight cases, you can never have too much self-promotion right?

:P

In that case (pun) YES!
Now a strong black color with the logo engraved and painted in would be sweet... but not sweet Posted Image



Sounds nice, my only concern would be if that effected the intergrity/strength of the case, probably easier/cheaper than getting the cases made up in that colour though.
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#13 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:16 AM

your cases?!? Posted Image

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#14 James Davis

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:19 AM

your cases?!? Posted Image

Attached File  case_stack copy.jpg   493.52KB   56 downloads



Haha those cannot be real, will I get crucified for saying I think they actually look quiet cool?

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#15 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:22 AM

Sounds nice, my only concern would be if that effected the intergrity/strength of the case, probably easier/cheaper than getting the cases made up in that colour though.

From my experiences with manufactures, custom color runs are VERY expensive. Where as a custom shop could do a laser engraving for a lot cheaper.
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