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#1 Jay Ryde

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:23 PM

Hello,

I've recently noticed on the Arm of my Pilot that I am getting some Squeakiness from the vertical movement. It appears to be from the Release Pin area. Though Ive heard that using Oils such as WD40 and alike on the more delicate parts of the SteadiCam are a NoNo, can one simply Oil with WD40 the release pin area? Again, Im a little uncertain that it is the release pin or the pin joint, but when I hold the pin tight it seems to stop the Squeakiness.. but that could be because I am putting pressure on that part of the rig and that affecting another area maybe?

Anyway, the pin is pretty isolated in that part of the rig so Im thinking WD40 would be appropriate?

Any thoughts, Thanks.

J.

Edited by Jay Ryde, 30 May 2008 - 06:27 PM.

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#2 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:33 PM

I've recently noticed on the Arm of my Pilot that I am getting some Squeakiness from the vertical movement.


Hi Jay, you might want to search the forum; there's an entire thread on squeaky arms.
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#3 Jay Ryde

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 11:03 AM

I've recently noticed on the Arm of my Pilot that I am getting some Squeakiness from the vertical movement.


Hi Jay, you might want to search the forum; there's an entire thread on squeaky arms.


Hi Robert, thanks for the headsup but i did do a search and didnt see anything specific... maybe you could post the link here?

thanks..
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#4 RobinThwaites

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 03:47 PM

Hi Jay
Oil is the way to go, NEVER WD-40.
Robin
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#5 Dave Gish

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:24 AM

I've recently noticed on the Arm of my Pilot that I am getting some Squeakiness from the vertical movement. It appears to be from the Release Pin area.

Hi Jay,

Once I got the weight up closer to 10 pounds, my Pilot arm started squeaking a little as well. I used some white lithium grease a couple of months ago and the noise has gone away. This stuff lasts forever. Here's a link to the grease I used:
http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B000GKTZ5K

Mine seemed to be squeaking mostly from the vertical pins that are closer to the vest, but I greased the release pin and the other middle pin as well, 4 pins in all. In particular, I made sure to grease the area where the brass bushing rubs against the black painted aluminum arm shell.

Oh, and one other thing, I've made sure that when I velcro the release pin in place, I leave a little slack on the ring that holds the release pin. Maybe this had something to do with it.

Hope this helps,
Dave
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#6 Ken Underwood

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:45 AM

White Lithium Grease is definitely the way to go. It will never dry out and it resists moisture very well.

Heck, use it on the hinges of the doors of your house and you can sneak around like a ninja. :lol:
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