Loud shriek from monostand

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louisme New Member • Posts: 2
Loud shriek from monostand

We have a few Regal monostands that have a counterweight on the inside.  1 or 2 of them are very loud when raising or lowering.  They shreik.  I think their is a lube or grease for it.  Does anyone know how to correctly fix it?  Thanks.

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Ed Shapiro
Ed Shapiro Contributing Member • Posts: 664
Re: Loud shriek from monostand

louisme wrote:

We have a few Regal monostands that have a counterweight on the inside. 1 or 2 of them are very loud when raising or lowering. They shreik. I think their is a lube or grease for it. Does anyone know how to correctly fix it? Thanks.

I use this lubricant product on all our camera stands, tripods, and light stands WD-40 Specialist. Here is a link to the product description:

WD-40 Specialist Spray & Stay Gel Lubricant No-Drip Formula (wd40.ca)

Apply the lubricant to the interior of the center shat of your stand and to any counterweight inside that shaft. On the interior, you can spray it on generously.  On the outside of the column, apply it and rub it in to remove any excess material. Apply the lubricant to all wheels and the locking mechanism on the outrigger arm.  Somewhere in your stand, there is metal rubbing against metal with no lubruxation- that stuff should fix that.

Ed Shapiro- Commercial and Portrait Photographer. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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OP louisme New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Loud shriek from monostand

Thanks Ed.  I'm going to put an order in on that for the future because it is probably good to have.

It turns out though that the sound was coming from the pulley wheel on top.  Because there is a lot of tension there and it is connected to a lot of metal with a tube. it sounded like it was the counterweight.  I cleaned it off and put regular WD-40 on it. It fixed it, very smooth operation also.  When I get the WD-40 gel you suggested I will use that in the future.

Much Appreciated.

Ed Shapiro
Ed Shapiro Contributing Member • Posts: 664
Re: Loud shriek from monostand

louisme wrote:

Thanks Ed. I'm going to put an order in on that for the future because it is probably good to have.

It turns out though that the sound was coming from the pulley wheel on top. Because there is a lot of tension there and it is connected to a lot of metal with a tube. it sounded like it was the counterweight. I cleaned it off and put regular WD-40 on it. It fixed it, very smooth operation also. When I get the WD-40 gel you suggested I will use that in the future.

Much Appreciated.

Yes! That pully wheel can cuase issues- it akes quite a bit of weight and tension. The regular WD-40 is a good fix but the gel lasts longer and better prevents excessive wear and tear on the moving parts.  You can spread it generously on the inside of the shaft without any dripping. If you rub it to the outside o the column it will provide a thin coating that lasts many weeks of hard use.  It also come in handy for door hinges and car doors, hoods, and tailgates.

Thanks, for your feedback, it's appreciated as well!

Ed Shapiro- Commercial and Portrait Photographer. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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