How To Repair a Tripod Mount

When your tripod mount breaks, you may be able to fix it and avoid the expense of purchasing a new one. This is helpful for anyone who is looking to save money. Many people simply become attached to a particular piece of equipment, such as a tripod, and if it can be fixed, there is no point in tossing it. Here are a few simple steps to follow if you need to fix your tripod mount.

What You'll Need

  • Broken mount
  • Strong hold glue (super glue or Gorilla glue works well)
  • Tape
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves

Step 1: Assess the Damage and Gather Materials

Before you start trying to fix your mount, you need to take a look and find out how extensive the damage is. In most cases, you can fix it with just some glue and tape. Be sure you have your supplies in front of you before you start working. Since you are going to be working with a strong hold glue, it's a good idea to have gloves to wear and some paper towels and nail polish remover on hand. The nail polish remover has acetone in it, which will break the bond with the glue. This is useful if you get the glue on a part that it doesn't need to be on, or if it gets on your skin. 

Step 2: Assembly Run Through

You should make sure you have all the pieces, and they will fit correctly before you begin the repair. The best way to do this is to place the broken mount back together. You can use the tape to hold it together during this run-through. This will allow you to see if you will be able to fix it with just the glue, or if you will need to purchase replacement parts. 

Step 3: Assembly

With all your parts at hand, you can begin to glue the pieces back together. Take this step slowly, and only apply a small amount of glue to the broken parts. Even though the strong hold glue will usually adhere in just seconds, it's not a bad idea to keep the pieces taped even after you've glued them. This will allow the bond to become stronger. In most cases you won't need to do this for more than 5-10 minutes. For strange angles or hard-to-tape places, you may need to hold the piece in place for several minutes while applying a little pressure.

Step 4: Finishing and Clean-Up

Once you've allowed all the pieces to dry, you can test the mount. You want to make sure you test it by wiggling it around around a little. This will allow you to see if the bond will stay secure. You may have to add more glue if it doesn't want to hold up. Any excess glue can be cleaned up using the nail polish remover and paper towels.

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