Fixing Holder Leaks on the Flap Side

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by gbenaim, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. gbenaim

    gbenaim Member

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    Hello All,

    Having gotten a bunch of holders w my camera, I tested them for light leaks w paper and most of the wooden ones leak from the loading flap side, none from the darkslide side. One has torn tape holding the flap, but the others have intact tape. What's the best way to fix these leaks? Do they usually have to do w wood that doesn't fit together right after all these years, or is it usually tape-related? All help appreciated,

    GB
     
  2. Jim Noel

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    Replace the tape with Library tape from a bookbinder.
     
  3. Capocheny

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    Hi GB,

    I agree with Jim... bookbinding tape is the best since it doesn't gum up in hot weather.

    Don't go the route of duct tape even though it's tempting... it'll gum up like crazy during the summer months. Or, at least, that's what I found from a bit of experience when I first got started. :smile:

    Cheers
     
  4. Campbell

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    You seem to have posted this at every LF site on the web and I've answered it twice elsewhere but for the benefit of those who only look here - the tape doesn't keep out light, it isn't there for that purpose, the only purpose of the tape is to serve as a hinge for the flap, so light leaks won't be fixed by replacing the tape. Also, no special tape is required for a film holder, any tape will work fine as long as it holds the flap securely, is sufficiently flexible and (if you photograph in extreme heat) won't gum up. There are many many kinds of tape that will meet these minimal criteria, most of which can be found at your local drugstore.
     
  5. Donald Miller

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    I have had wooden holders that have leaked at the hinge. Most usually it is due to a separation at the joint of the holder body. I have repaired these by regluing this joint.
     
  6. gbenaim

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    Donald,

    How do you reglue the joint? Do you have to take it apart? Do you have pics by any chance? I'm almost ready to give up on them, but it seems a shame.