Hey everyone!

So I recently got an amazing geared head and it is VERY heavy and the crank takes some torque so....

I need to lock down my tripod, or get a new tripod with floor spreaders.

I am looking at this (because it's cheap) 

and this (because I can use it with my existing tripod legs)

I figured I could buy one of these items and then put my super heavy 20 pound sandbag on it and maybe it would stay put.

If anyone has any other solutions I would love to hear what you guys do!

Thanks everyone!

Jason Whetzell

Also here is my reel if you want to check out my stop motion stuff!

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You can also get threaded rod from home depot and use a hacksaw to cut it.  I use that for when I make custom rigs for simulated dolly shots and such.

I actually tried the above method but instead of cutting a square/rectangle of plywood I cut a triangular shape... it does save a lot of extra space!! Also, instead of drilling holes into the small pieces of 2x4 ( I tried to drill holes with a handheld industrial drill and a large drill bit but I didn't think it turned out that well), what I did was I cut 3 pieces of PVC pipe at a 60 degree angle (the same degree as my tripod legs... I used a protractor to calculate the exact degree) with a bandsaw, and then glued the pieces of PVC to the plywood using E600 super glue. Works like a charm!!! 

I made a triangular shape too.  Meant to get fancy and hinge each point of the triangle so it folded in and the points met in the middle, making a smaller triangle for storage. But then I picked up an aluminium spreader with 3 extendable legs for $5, so I cut my ply triangle up to make something else.

I like your idea of the PVC pipe, never thought if that.  

Thank you! 

I like the PVC pipe a lot, because it doesn't give the legs of the tripod any wiggle room to potentially "fall" out of the spot. 

Here's a photo of my spreader: 

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Wow great idea!  Much smaller than my behemoth.  I still love mine even though it takes up half my front closet.

Lauren Schmidt said:

Thank you! 

I like the PVC pipe a lot, because it doesn't give the legs of the tripod any wiggle room to potentially "fall" out of the spot. 

Here's a photo of my spreader: 

Thanks so much! I got the idea from this thread to cut the plywood to a triangular size, and yes it saves soooo much extra space that you could potentially knock into. 

Lauren 

Jason Whetzell said:

Wow great idea!  Much smaller than my behemoth.  I still love mine even though it takes up half my front closet.

Lauren Schmidt said:

Thank you! 

I like the PVC pipe a lot, because it doesn't give the legs of the tripod any wiggle room to potentially "fall" out of the spot. 

Here's a photo of my spreader: 

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