Urgent - gimbal kip handle busted
Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:19 PM
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.
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.
Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:40 PM
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
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.
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.