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Feisol CT3442 Tournament Missing screw at the top

 
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Sep 09, 2017 14:45 |  #1

I'm missing a screw on the top of the Feisol 3442 tripod to attach the ballhead. Anyone know the type of screw I should be buying to replace it?

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Sep 09, 2017 18:11 |  #2

I believe the standard for attaching tripod heads is 3/8 inch coarse thread. Try contacting the tripod manufacturer and see if they'll send you the missing part.


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Sep 09, 2017 18:52 as a reply to mcoren's post |  #3

They want me to buy the entire plate. Although it's not expensive $22, I think the screw is standard part




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Sep 09, 2017 18:56 |  #4

It is just a 3/8 threaded bolt.

If you want to go cheap then just look for a suitable bolt on FleaBay - saves petrol/Gas!

Make sure you order a bolt that will protrude about 7/8 mm above the Top Plate and this should fit pretty much any head. Some heads will allow more - for example my Wimberley 2 allowed me to replace the 3/8 stud on one of my Gitzo Top Plates with one that has 18 mm of contact (11 mm more thread contact) that head is NOT shifting!


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Sep 09, 2017 21:18 as a reply to johnf3f's post |  #5

Thank you! I'll definitely check hardware store for it.




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Sep 09, 2017 22:57 |  #6

Is it just a bolt? A Gitzo has a custom part, 3/8 thread protrudes as in your photo but below the plate it is a much larger threaded section that fits into the flat plate.

I just made a spacer for my tripod which required a 3/8 thread to mount a head. I checked my ball head and there is 27mm inside so I made it about 20mm of thread protruding


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Sep 10, 2017 11:53 as a reply to Choderboy's post |  #7

I got 3/8" x 1" and it works perfectly.




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Sep 10, 2017 16:54 |  #8

Choderboy wrote in post #18448353 (external link)
Is it just a bolt? A Gitzo has a custom part, 3/8 thread protrudes as in your photo but below the plate it is a much larger threaded section that fits into the flat plate.

I just made a spacer for my tripod which required a 3/8 thread to mount a head. I checked my ball head and there is 27mm inside so I made it about 20mm of thread protruding

The "conversion" that I did was on a Gitzo Systematic Top Plate, so it's a very similar situation to the OP's Feisol. Were they normal tripods (with center columns) then just using a bolt would not work.

It appears (on friend's 3342 and 3442 Feisols) to just be a simple 3/8 thread through the plate. As the OP has the top plate without anything in the middle it will be very easy for them to confirm this.

" I checked my ball head and there is 27mm inside" WOW! I didn't realise that any ball head allowed that much thread contact area - I don't think your ball head is going anywhere in a hurry!:-)


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