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#1 Andy Davies

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:34 AM

Can someone please tell me how on earth you can separate the weights if screwed too tight? Yes, I won't screw them so tight next time, but I have two (x2) weights that I need to break free so I can balance my camera!...

Will heat work???

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#2 Andy Davies

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:43 AM

... If anyone else is in the same issue - wrap the weights in a towel, throw them at the floor. Job done. :-)
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

This is also how I separate the weights. I have a special towel just for this purpose. Don't forget to cover the threads in Lisigav upon reassembly.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

I twist and then unscrew.

The simple methods are often the best :D
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:17 PM

If only I knew what we were talking about.
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:32 PM

I would guess at the add weights that are on the Pilot, Scout and Merlin. They kind of stack and screw together. They normally have a little rubber o ring that stops them locking up. I little light grease/oil (or lisigav should work too if so inclined!) should stop them jamming and locking together in future.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:10 PM

Hmmmm.... Not in the Newbie Section. Weights? No mention of rig? Sounds a ripe topic for deletion. Please specify what the hell you're talking about since I've no clue and been doing this for a loooong time.
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#8 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:14 PM

Hmmmm.... Not in the Newbie Section. Weights? No mention of rig? Sounds a ripe topic for deletion. Please specify what the hell you're talking about since I've no clue and been doing this for a loooong time.


They are talking about those silly screw together weights used on the Merlin and other liteweight rigs from tiffen
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#9 Sarah Thompson

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:35 PM

Can someone please tell me how on earth you can separate the weights if screwed too tight? Yes, I won't screw them so tight next time, but I have two (x2) weights that I need to break free so I can balance my camera!...

Will heat work???

Andy


The standard mechanical engineer's trick is to heat the side that's the nut -- this will free it up very quickly. Boiling water generally works (be careful!).
In a really bad case you can use a blowtorch, but that can discolour the metal.
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#10 Alan Rencher

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:59 PM

Two vise grips. bam.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:05 AM

First I would try two strap wrenches to avoid making them look like someone has been teething on them.
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#12 PeterAbraham

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:44 PM

It happens. They're quite useful, those small weights. I tend to take a few more and tap the two that are locked together forcefully whilst holding it in my palm. Tap, turn a bit, tap, turn a bit.

The threads are seized temporarily and frequently the strike of another weight or two against the seam where the two are bound does the trick.

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