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Old March 22nd, 2008, 02:15 AM   #1
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building spreaders-need parts

I built a tripod, sort of. I used a survey tripod for the legs and adapted it to fit a head. I needed something to hold my jib and didn't want to spend over $1000 just for that one purpose.

Now I need to make a set of spreaders for the thing. I know how I'll do it. But the one part I need, I don't know what to call it to find it.

I need to find metal bars that have a slot down the middle. You know, like what most spreaders have.

Pounding at google for two hours now with no answer get a bit frustrating.

Thanks for any help on this.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 02:41 AM   #2
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I don't know where you would buy such a piece of aluminium because they would be specially manufactured for tripod makers but a cheap solution might be to use some strong cord tied from leg to leg to stop them spreading.

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 02:48 AM   #3
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Spreading isn't the actual problem, strangely enough. The real problem is being able to get the whole thing level quickly. I want to mark off points so that all the legs will be evenly spread.

Cheap isn't really a huge requirement either, just not expensive is the key. I'd buy some spreaders if I knew they'd work with my feet, but I don't wanna waist $200 on a guess from a picture.

My big thing is finding what that type of metal is called.
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