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#1 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:21 PM

I have some older Matthews C-stands with the turtle legs feeling really stiff.  I was going to dissassemble them and and some synthetic grease but I can't see how to do that yet.  Does one custom make a 40" extension for an allen key to hold the bolt while undoing the nut?

 

I saw on the MSE parts drawing that the turtle base is assembled with "white" grease.  Assuming that any synthetic grease will do?  A quick fix was a squirt of lanocoat from the outside.  C-stands are hard to get in Neuvelle Zealandia,  so worth fixing.

 

Here is a link to the MSE parts drawing

http://www.msegrip.c...-content/?p=437

 

Thanks for any ideas.


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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 05:04 AM

There was a thread about this some years ago:
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=49183

I think your only option is to fabricate a long extension.
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#3 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 11:36 AM

Hey thanks.  What search words did you use to find that?  I tried a couple of searches but didn't find anything.

 

The drawing on MSE's site lists the parts.  That looks like a hex bolt (12) for the legs and spring assembly,  which they list as "cap screw hex".  First I thought it might be a socket head cap screw but I realise now it may be just a hex head bolt.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 08:05 PM

Hey thanks.  What search words did you use to find that?  I tried a couple of searches but didn't find anything.

 

I remembered the discussion was a few years old, looked through the gripping forum archive pages from around that time. Sometimes your brain is a better search engine than a computer.  :)


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 09:41 PM

I find Google often leads to things in the forum.

C-stands.  It was a 1/2" high tensile hex head.  I grabbed an old crome-moly pushrod from a glider,  thwacked the end to fit a 3/8" socket drive.  Some legs will just need a clean and grease,  one or two may have bad burs on the nipple/detent.


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