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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Wed 11-Jun-08 01:26 AM
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"How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
Wed 11-Jun-08 03:18 PM by ZoneV

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My SC-17's base is cracking near the tripod mount from the stress of being tighened to a tripod screw and supporting the weight of the flash unit. I'd like to do something about those cracks to prevent it from getting worse. I'd hate to have the whole base fall apart.

Any ideas? Epoxy?

Thanks.

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Wed 11-Jun-08 04:01 AM
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#1. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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eugene, US
          

I used epoxy about 5 years ago on mine. Still holding.

ledmun

  

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Wed 11-Jun-08 03:18 PM
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#2. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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Was there a certain type you used? And how did you apply it? I've never used epoxy before.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberWed 11-Jun-08 11:13 PM
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I'd have to see it. If it is a hairline crack, I might ignore it. If it bothered me, I would route it out slightly and carefully with a Dremel. This would leave a "V" trough that you could fill with a two part epoxy.

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Thu 12-Jun-08 03:15 AM
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#6. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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Thu 12-Jun-08 03:15 AM by ZoneV

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There are actually at least 4 different cracks, three of which hit the tripod socket. The other perpendicularly crosses one of the three and continues up the side to one of the TTL jacks.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberThu 12-Jun-08 11:37 AM
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#7. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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The problem with gluing is that it has to be in pieces to get the glue onto the mating surfaces. Otherwise you have to make the cracks larger in order to have something for the epoxy to fill.

Similar to a welder butting two plates with beveled edges together, you would need to route a "v" shaped trough along the cracks. They should not be too wide or deep, just enough to draw a bead of epoxy.

If your SC-17 is as bad as I surmise, I would buck up and buy a new one. I'm not good with remembering part numbers, but I believe it is an SC-28.

With three cracks reaching the threaded insert, I don't think epoxy would really do any good in the long run. You have too many weakened points.

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Powder Springs, GA, USA
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wailingtoad Registered since 28th Oct 2005Wed 11-Jun-08 06:56 PM
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#3. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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You can pickup a used SC-17 on eBay for about $25. You might want to consider getting a 2nd one. You can string them together in series for greater length (which doesn't put any stress on the tripod socket). I have three of them which I'll sometimes string together.

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Wed 11-Jun-08 08:42 PM
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#4. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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I think the stress came from the tripod screw actually; the cord always had some slack in it.

Thanks for the tip though. Didn't realize how much of a bargain they are. I think I payed $70 for this one a couple of years ago.

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Thu 12-Jun-08 05:53 PM
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#8. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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Now I wonder why it cracked the way it did in the first place and how to prevent a replacement from cracking in the same way. I might contact Nikon.

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wailingtoad Registered since 28th Oct 2005Thu 12-Jun-08 08:41 PM
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#9. "RE: How to fix cracks near SC-17 tripod mount?"
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Could be that the screw was a tad too long.

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