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#1 Dave Wowchuk

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 02:12 PM

Hi all,

I've just finished dismantling my upper stage to do a little "electronics" work, and I'm wondering what would be the best lubrication for the wormgears and surfaces where the plates slide across each other? (does that make sense.)

Glidecam used some kind of oil, and made the side-to-side adjustment knob kind of hard to turn. (Actually it kinda removes the skin at the side of my index finger.)


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#2 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 03:35 PM


Remove the offending knob and dip in alcohol to remove oil or lube.

Worm gears could use some general purpose grease sparingly applied to the mating surfaces ONLY. Wipe off any excess whenever it appears.

Keep all lubricants away from wiring and contacts.

Good lubing!


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#3 Janice Arthur

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 08:53 AM

Hi all;

One detail of "lubing" you should be aware of; Graphite and Silicon don't mix.

I would occasionally spray WD40 in my home locks and hinges, well at some point some oil containing graphite got in with the WD 40 and I could no longer get in my house.

It locks up as if you don't have the right key. (As a locksmith is drilling out the lock he tells me the tale.)

An expensive lesson learned.

So in your Steadicam lubing, stay away from (WD40 or Silicon and graphite combos).

(Some silicons attract dirt too.)


(hi Brant)
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