Here's How to Repair Your Damaged Tripod Threads All on Your Own

Stripping or otherwise damaging your 1/4" threads doesn't mean retiring the piece of gear they belong to.

Every time you screw anything into a 1/4" thread, whether it's on a camera, external recorder, or tripod, there's always that fear that eventually that eventually the thread is going to get too damaged to work properly. And if this has actually happened to you, you might've felt utterly panicked—thinking, "Great, I've ruined this thing forever!"

However, there's a way to repair your damaged 1/4" threads yourself using a cheap threaded insert kit, and filmmaker Tom Antos shows you how in this tutorial:

The kit Antos uses is the E-Z Lok threaded insert kit, which you can order from Amazon for about $23. It comes with a drill bit, tap, inserts, installation tool, and tang breaking tool. You'll also need a power drill, pliers, and a hammer to go through with the repair.

Though the tutorial gives a lot of great information, it might be helpful to see how a thread repair is done from start to finish, from drilling out the damaged thread to breaking the tap when everything's set. Here's a quick video from E-Z Lok that shows you each step:

So, there you have it—a cheap and relatively quick way to repair damaged 1/4" threads! One word of caution: if you don't really know your way around a drill, you might want to do some practice runs with this kit so you're not giving your very expensive cameras or other gear any additional boo-boos.     

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My advice, don't buy this guy's camera in second hand.

October 18, 2016 at 6:14AM, Edited October 18, 6:15AM

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AvdS
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FYI, you can do the same thing with underwater housings.
I had an SPL housing that had a bad thread and was able to fix it using the same method.

October 18, 2016 at 1:55PM, Edited October 18, 1:55PM

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Scott Wild
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I don't have a problem with the tripod. I have a problem with the camcorder. Ended up using a 1/4 20 bolt with an adaptor that I connected to the tripod so there was more for the socket to grip on to.

October 20, 2016 at 9:37PM

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Dave Clark
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Yes thats great... hit your camera with a hammer!

October 21, 2016 at 8:55AM, Edited October 21, 8:55AM

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