I took my camera and tripod up to Corona Heights in San Francisco. REALLY windy up there.
I set down my tripod and used my bag as a stabilizer. Wind was blowing my 4KG bag around the entire time so I'm not sure how much that actually helped.
Anyway, after I was done and putting stuff I away, I noticed that the hook was no longer retracting. Furthermore, I noticed something rattling inside. Not wanting to risk opening it up in all the wind and rocks, I went straight home and then unscrewed the bottom of the center column. The result is as follows:
So the question is, how do I fix it, or if it's not fixable, anyone know how to obtain a replacement part (including part number)? This is a GT2540 tripod. Thanks!