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Disassambling Manfrotto Tripod?

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May 20, 2014 23:31 |  #1

I recently had a trip and use my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod a lot. When I did a long exposure near the ocean, my tripod got washed by sea water and there is a lot of sand sucked into the tripod leg. The sand makes the sliding mechanical stuck and become hard to lock and unlock the leg. I tried to wash the tripod especially its leg to remove sands from the tripod leg but it didn't remove the sands completely. I'm planning to remove the leg one by one and wash the inner part of the leg to completely remove the sand, but I don't know if its possible or not to disassamble it. There are some screws on the leg but I don't know what are those for. The owner manual didn't come with instruction on how to remove the leg either. Does anyone have idea? Or any experience in cleaning this tripod?

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May 20, 2014 23:51 |  #2

Most things that were assembled by someone can be dissembled by someone with a little forethought and care.

A tripod doesn't seem to be mechanically complex. You should be ok.

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May 20, 2014 23:54 |  #3

Each Lock has a stainless screw or allen(depending on age) that threads out to remove Leg
as the extension tubes usually dont come apart for cleaning I just extend and spray with hose all over and let sit out to dry extended

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May 21, 2014 04:34 |  #4

I had the same thing, sand all inside the legs. I just unscrewed every screw I could find and pulled it apart and cleaned it all off in the shower after. Everything comes apart on this tripod. I reassembled and coated some screws with marine greese to prevent rust and things have been good since.

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May 21, 2014 20:20 |  #5

They are very easy to take apart and clean, however here is an exploded diagram that may help:

http://www.manfrottosp​ …roduct/tripod&m​odel_id=72 (external link)

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May 25, 2014 03:13 |  #6

just make sure when you put it back together, that the lock levers are in the same place as when you dismantled it. (don't ask how I know this, lets just say I mumble something rude every time I take the tripod out, and forget to look at it again when I get it home...)

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