Simple hacks is a short series of posts I’ve been meaning to do about simple tricks and alternative uses for things I’ve accumulated over the last year and documented. I’ll be trying to post one every couple of days. Some of them you may be aware of, or seem very simple, but they've all saved me time and aggravation over the last year.
Simple Hack 1: Fixing a friction style tripod slide column
My main photo and video tripod, the Manfrotto 7258 has a friction type center post. It’s great because it’s quick to adjust and set it place, the bad part is the friction has gradually lost holding power, and eventually could not hold up my camera, it would just slowly slide down.
So I put to work fixing it, I ended up trying several fixes including taking apart the whole head assembly and trying to adjust everything that could be adjusted.
Eventually the solution I settled on was about as easy as they come, a strip of electrical tape on the inside opposing side of the center tightened the tolerance enough that the friction grip worked much better. The electrical tape is also has more grip than the walls of the tripod holder, and the color blends with the tripod perfectly.
Now my tripod can hold just about any weight on the center column, much more then it could when new even, more even than it seems like the legs themselves will support safely.