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#1 Michael Wilson

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:19 PM

Stripped my kip handle that locks down my gimbal today. I have a temp fix with some hose clamp and a nut on the other side of the kip that helps lock it down.

I have a Mkv gimbal 1.5". Anyone know how I can get a fix for tmrw. Pro fastener? Tiffen?

Any individuals have anything lying around the house? I'm in Los Angeles.

Thanks

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#2 JimBartell

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:58 PM

McMaster-Carr carries them.  If you order today they will be on your doorstep tomorrow morning or you can pick them up today.  They call them "Adjustable Handles", and you can see them here: http://www.mcmaster....handles/=t6hgsc

 

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#3 Walter F. Rodriguez

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:51 AM

They are also available from Amazon Prime.
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#4 thomas-english

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:50 AM

Did you strip the Kip lock or the actual clamp? 


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#5 Michael Wilson

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

Got it fixed.  

 

I stripped the kip handle I believe.  Also damaged the helicoil inside.  The kip handle wouldn't even unscrew.  Had to drill it out and put new helicoil in.  

 

DP was very cool and I ran to the hardware store.  I got a nut that fit on a thread or two coming out of the clamp.  Then i put hose clamp above and below the gimbal so it wouldn't slip.  It wasn't pretty but it did the job for the day.  

 

I've always been a little uneasy about the kip handle lockdown system.  Checking in on locking clamps like tiffen and pro make.


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#6 RonBaldwin

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:40 PM

For these emergencies you can Also use dock rings on the top/bottom to hold it in place...or put a longer screw through and use a nut (not elegant, but should work in most cases...except yours since the screw was stuck)

I have had a pro vz grip since they came out, but still carried the old assembly and a wrap-grip for that oh-shit moment which I hope will never occur. Not a 30 second fix to swap out...maybe a 5or 10 min fix at the most
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#7 thomas-english

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:21 PM

I carry a few large plumbing hose clamp in my kit for this occurance. It has never happened yet. 


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#8 Michael Wilson

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:55 PM

Glad this happened in LA.  I'm flying to a remote location next week for three days.  Would have been a disaster. 

 

The original kip handle was always a little wonky.  The new handle requires only a modest amount of tightening and it holds beautifully now.  Fingers crossed.    


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