Ted's manual. A brilliant tome.
Home maintenance. Yeah. Not regularly. I do wash the pads, man they get gormy. When working near dust or sand I take a high-powered shop vac or automotive vacuum and cleanse the entire rig as best as I can. ESPECIALLY suck out each and every connector not used on the day. Dirt and dust can get into the female pin receivers and wreak havoc down the road.
A side note about using canned air/ air compressers. Everyone has their ways of doing things. I was instructed very early on NEVER to blow air against something where moving dust would create a potential problem. Obviously, as a film A.C. I learned to use canned air judiciously. But when it comes to connectors and the seals around a monitor and whatnot, the harder you blow air at something, the more likley you are to force particulate INTO connectors, cracks, gaps and seals. Using a high-powered vacuum and a narrow nozelled brush end removes that potential and in fact can pull deeply-seated bits of dust, dirt and sand.
The gimbal. Ahhhh. Matthew Fleischmann and I had some fun a year or so ago. I devised a method of cleaning- deep cleaning- the bearings of a gimbal without removing it from the centerpost. Worked like a charm, took about 20 minutes and he reported a clear difference in the feel of his gimbal post-cleansing. ( Pun intended ). We agreed we shoulda shot video of it somehow.
I think he kept the little custom-cut item we used. If he did, I'll get with him soon and we'll shoot photos or a video. I'd never tried it before and it worked very nicely.
Cables? They get dirty, are hard to clean. Swill a BNC end in denatured alcohol, it gets the grit off of the gold-plated pin.
I've only had to wash my cases once. About a year in, with my Model I and the infamous set of blue cases, I went down into the Lackawanna Coal Mine to shoot some political commercials. This was in 1987, and we were not in the area open to tours. It was quite safe. My first and last time down a mine. There was cold air moving briskly through the shafts and water drizzling along the walls and floors here and there. The cases all got coated in black gritty mud, coal dust and water.
We laid out garbage bags to keep my minivan clean, went to a local do it yourself car wash with the high-powered spray gun and power-washed the cases. That was a mess...