That $0.02 part that is holding up your project.

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Hamster, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Hamster

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    Happened to everyone before. Your project is going well and then you realise there is a small part that you needed and can't go on without it.

    Just wanted to start a tread so we can all list THAT part so perhaps someone can come up with a creative solution or offer a trade.
     
  2. Hamster

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  3. Steve Roberts

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    What's holding up my various projects doesn't even cost 2 cents ...... time!

    I've got a good supply of film, paper, chemicals, etc., plenty of ideas, more equipment than is healthy, yet with all the other things that *have* to be done such as mending the car, maintaining the house, sorting out elderly parents, going to work and so on, the time I can devote to photography probably doesn't average more than a day a month.
    Oh, to be retired!

    Steve
     
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    Time here too.
     
  5. Sirius Glass

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    Screws for the Speed Graphic that have not been made for over 40 years.
     
  6. Mike Wilde

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    A number of the screws I have needed to fix little camera pieces come out of dead electronic devices that my kids use and end up killing off. The latest fix was to attach a PC sync contact back onto a bracket o a TLR 80mm lens for Mamiya C serise. A sniff though the 'junk box' yielded a Nintendo DS that has a screw holding down it's pc board that did the job just fine when transferred on to the Mamiya lens set.
     
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    The screws for my 1928 4"x5" Graflex Model D are handmade so a Nintendo DS would not help.

    Steve
     
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    Do you know someone with a halfway decent lathe?
    It's not that difficult to cut screws.
     
  9. Sethasaurus

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    Some countersunk, slotted brass screws to hold the front on my new/old 1890s tropical Goerz ANGO.
    Using a file, I reworked a couple of brass screws from a connector block. They look almost right but the slots are too big.

    Got the camera beaten up somewhere between CA and my front doorstep and I never paid insurance (live and learn!), so I had to reglue wood, etc.

    Someone, somewhere has previously removed the iris from the lens, and the viewfinder is also absent so it's a display camera for now.

    Heck, I could still shoot with the lens wide open but it just don't feel right if it ain't all there..
     
  10. Mike Wilde

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    Home made waterhouse stops screwed into the lens? Off beat, but it could work.
     
  11. Vaughn

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    Seems like half the time I am missing the "on" switch for my brain.
     
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    You too!?

    Man, maybe it is contagious and I caught it from you? Or did you get it from me?
     
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    time and being well rested
     
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    Ditto...except that they are worth a lot more than two cents.

    For me, it is some lens boards, some screws, and some powdered chemicals.
     
  15. Sethasaurus

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    Waterhouse stops.. good idea. I think I'll keep an eye out for an iris that might fit. Think I'll put this one on the backburner and use one of the beauts I've just fixed up!

    Also, this isn't a 2c item but I wish aki-asahi.com was up and running so I could purchase some of his shutter curtain. Might have to have a look at making some..
     
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    I'm curious exactly which screws for Graflex people are having trouble obtaining. As far as I know, none use unusual threads, and I haven't found any that I cannot replace by cutting down some existing screw.

    Everything is American thread, UNC and UNF, with a couple of minor exceptions. There are some short wood screws that are unusual, and there are several shoulder screws and the like that were either made by Graflex or made for them. I work on Series B, D, Speeds and Crowns pretty often.
     
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    Bob,

    Many of the screws, especially the wood screws are handmade. The ones on the Pacemaker Speed Graphic are mostly standard screws. The ones on the 1919 and 1928 RB
    Graflexes are a mix of handmade and standard screws; mostly handmade on the 1919; many on the 1928. As an engineer with decades of experience, I can recognize the difference between standard screws and handmade screws. One set of screws on the Pacemaker have a standard thread, but they have a non-standard shoulder. Therefore, the only replacement requires buying a subassembly and salvaging the screws. That is neither cost efficient nor is it a positive way to preserve camera to be useable.

    Steve
     
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    Steve,

    Handmade screws can be made again. Including all their peculiar features besides a particular thread.
     
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    QC, yes they can if you have a workplace with the right equipment. Instead, someone who had a spare sent it to me.
     
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    A very, very small ring that is essential to cock the shutter of my Pen S