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#1 John R Woods

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:08 PM

A few years ago I bought a Bogen 3063 mini-fluid head off of eBay.  When it arrived, the little cast-in knobbly bit that holds the spring for the cam lever was gone.  I don't know how these things break off, but it's not the first time I've seen it.  Today, I finally got round to repairing it.  Obviously, I couldn't put the broken cast piece back on -- even if I had it.  So this is what I did:

 

I took the head completely apart.  My plan was to drill a 3/32" hole just at the arc of the spring housing and insert a tension pin (or 'roll pin') into it.  I drilled the hole too far away and the end of the spring kept snapping past the pin , so I ended up drilling a ⅛" hole, and used a " pin to hold the spring.  Then I reassembled the head, putting in new silicon grease (the 'fluid').  The cam holds the plate securely, but I haven't put the head on a tripod or put a camera on it.  But at this stage, the repair seems to be successful.


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