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Old Jun 16, 2009, 6:54 PM   #11
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I love my trusty Tilt-All but it’s not one you take on hikes.

I’ve said this before, but the “how to” section of the old photo mags that showed hot to make stuff and otherwise save money was my favorite section. I wish Steve’s would start a forum section on the topic.

Anyway here is one of mine

Go to the hardware store and buy a plant hanger like this one.


The hook part is a separate piece and is often a ¼ -20 thread that can be screwed right to the bolt on the bottom of the center column of your tripod. Now all you need is some weight. Your camera bag might do. Or a milk jug full of water. A Maxwell house 2 pound coffee can has a handle that will hang from the hook, and a very secure lid so it can be filled with most anything.
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 7:15 PM   #12
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Another idea is to attach the corners of a triangular piece of heavy cloth to the legs of your tripod with hose clamps or zip ties. Now you can put just about anything in the cloth. This makes a convenient place to set things too.
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Old Jun 17, 2009, 9:19 AM   #13
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Don't forget that hook on the bottom of your tripod or any tripod. Hang something heavy from it. That will add to it's stability.
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