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Old 12th of May 2009 (Tue)   #1
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Default DIY R-Strap: How to properly use lock washers?

Hardware ignoramus here. I'm trying to put together a very basic, DIY R-Strap-esque contraption. I've got a 1/4" eyebolt cut to the proper length, washers, nuts, and lock washers (split and internal tooth). What I'm not quite sure is how to employ the lock washers so that the eyebolt would not loosen by itself with usage. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Or, if the lock washers are not the proper bits to use, what else to use to secure the eyebolt. Thank you.

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Default Re: DIY R-Strap: How to properly use lock washers?

You just need the bolt and the lock washer (split).
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Default Re: DIY R-Strap: How to properly use lock washers?

Or use a locking nut with a nylon insert...

It really depends how it goes together to advise. Is the eyebolt being screwed into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera body with the intent the lock washer will be used to prevent the eyebolt from loosening?
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Is the eyebolt being screwed into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera body with the intent the lock washer will be used to prevent the eyebolt from loosening?
Yes, exactly.
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Default Re: DIY R-Strap: How to properly use lock washers?

Thread the nut onto the eyebolt, then slip the lock washer on followed by the flat washer. Thread the eyebolt into the tripod socket until it bottoms, not forcing it. Hold the eyebolt stationary and tighten the nut down against the lock washer and flat washer. Make sure the lock washer is fully compressed and you should be good to go.

Also, make sure there are no burrs on the cutdown eyebolt that could bugger up the tripod socket on your camera.
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Default Re: DIY R-Strap: How to properly use lock washers?

Thank you so much John, that's exactly what I was looking for. Much appreciate it! And thanks for the tip about the burrs on the end of the eyebolt, I think it's good but I'll double-check.
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If it were me, I would have the hardware threaded onto the eyebolt so it would be body->flat washer->split ring washer->nut... be sure to thread the eyebolt all the way in, then hold it and the body fixed as you tighten the nut down. Be sure to tighten so the split ring washer is compressed. Sorry if I overstated the obvious or what you already knew...

**nevermind.. John beat me to it**
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Thanks, biketx, I appreciate it!
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Thank you so much John, that's exactly what I was looking for. Much appreciate it! And thanks for the tip about the burrs on the end of the eyebolt, I think it's good but I'll double-check.
You're welcome. Sometimes visualizing things like that isn't easy ...

I know you're probably trying to avoid spending a lot of money, but the actual R-Strap hardware from Black Rapid is not all that expensive and it's less bulky to use. You might want to take a look at that...
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Default Re: DIY R-Strap: How to properly use lock washers?

Yeah, I know that Fasten-Rs are only like $12 a piece. Half the fun for me is trying to see if I can come up with something functional on my own with the stuff I have already (got a bunch of neck/shoulder straps), and a few hardware bits for pennies (eye bolt and snap hook). But I do like how low-profile the new Fasten-R is.
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Does anyone here have the Fasten-Rs and could show me how it looks on the other side of it (that's not shown on their website).
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