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Gimbal clamp snapped


David M. Aronson
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Everyone should carry spares for every fastener on their rig.

 

For the Pro/XCS Crowd it's simple buy a box of 10/32-3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1" and you are good to go.

 

As a matter of normal Maintenance I replace all my fasteners at least once every two years. often times more and instantly if I or my AC's bugger a head. I also replace my 5/32" wrench's at least twice a season or anytime the tip is rounded (you can also cut the tip off to keep it square). A little OCD you say? I've never had a fastener fail or strip in 25+ years.

 

Oh and if you hear a fastener "POP" when you loosen it, replace it IMMEDIATELY it's done and will only give you a headache later.

 

One other thing. For the record I'm not a fan of EVER using a 4-40 for ANYTHING. It's far to small to be mission critical for anything except your iPhone (and that's a 2-56)

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I'd underscore the awesomeness of McMaster-Carr. I've built Mars robots and specialized cameras for work, and use them all the time because they are incredibly good at having stuff show up next day. They also carry most of the bizarre things I need. They aren't so good on module 0.8 gears, but other than that...

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