yeah Drew, I'm going to find out more about these. I found the product a year or so ago but haven't had time to act on it. The nice thing is a I can buy them locally for about $30 including the end caps. That's for the 8", the larger sizes aren't much more. http://www.menards.com/main/building...652.htm?page=3 If it doesn't work, they'd make one hell of a tripod case.