How do I fix this?
I have an Eightbanners panoramic pinhole camera and had managed to pull the tripod socket out of the bamboo wood camera body. In inquiring among friends, several have suggested plugging the holes with toothpicks and glue and re-installing it. I've though about putting a little epoxy (J-B Weld) or similar product on the screws and the hole. As long as it stays firmly attached to the body, I will be a happy camper. It got pulled out by my attaching a quick release plate for attaching the camera to the ballhead. Any other ideas from the "fix it" guys? Bill Barber
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I used an epoxy similar to what you are talking about into a fabricated wooden base for my tripod to hold a 5/8"x11 hex nut in place so that I could mount it to a transit tripod.
I don't know what your camera looks like, but when you say "holes" I'm assuming the tripod socket is mounted in a wooden base plate and that plate is what got ripped out. If that's the case, make a new larger wood plate and drill new holes in that and attach the old plate to the new one then attach the new larger plate to the camera using different (new) holes. It will be stronger than it was before it broke. Forget the glue. I'm just guessing.
Epoxy is a much better than J-B Weld. Also it is clear and should look better. How strong is two part Epoxy? Well, we used to use it to glue fiberglass handles to 10 and 16 lbs sledge hammers. J-B Weld is a good filler but is brittle compared to Epoxy.
As to the method to install the part, I really can not say with out seeing the part and bore it is to be installed into.
As I said before, without seeing the part it is hard to determine best repair method. But after rereading you post I think Paul must be right about it being a plate. Held in by three screws maybe?
If that is so, adding another piece of wood would be a good option. If there is access on the inside of the camera, you maybe able to install small bolts with a nut.
can you post photos.
sorry to ask this,
but 8banners is an american company
why don't you call them and see if they can repair it for you ?
it might be easier to have them do it, so
yours doesn't look like a frankencamera by the end of it all ..
8banners is actually a Chinese company that went out of production in July of last year. Pitty, as they made some pretty neat cameras. When it has been fixed I want it to not look like a frankencamera. I'm think judicious use of clear epoxy. Bill Barber
Tooth picks and good old Elmer's wood glue will work fine. It's a tried and true method for this kind of repair. You probably only need a single piece of wood to add to each hole to hold the screw until the glue hardens. You can wipe up the excess glue with a wet towel and it should look exactly like it did before the damage.