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Bouyancy for loclite arms

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by Monbit, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

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    Can you tell if the “Spongex” floats sold on this link are the same?

    Floats - Nets & More
     
  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Those look pretty close. But without seeing them in person it's hard to say for sure. I can say they work perfect as I use them.

    If you can't find them locally I bought mine from here Tarpon Fishing Outfitters - Fishing Gear and Tackle

    Maybe email them my pic and they will ship them. If not I'll pick some up and ship them for you.
     
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  3. Monbit

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    Love this setup.

    How do you make the arms go three way??
     
  4. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    I'll assume you meant to quote me...

    My design was pretty simple and cost about $50 (minus the lights and camera). Some aluminum stock, PVC pipe, silicone tape and locline. To make the dual arms you use a locline tee fitting.

    The goal with my rig was to eliminate any vignette effect from not enough light and incorporate sand spikes to be able to set the rig up and swim away. Also, the 5th center light is a UV light, to excite the coral protein that makes them glow.

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  5. Monbit

    Monbit Angel Fish

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    I can’t get enough of this setup. So unique. Ingenious.

    What’s the pvc pipe for? I can’t quite see it in the pic
     
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  6. CuzzA

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    Thanks. The PVC pipe are the handles. I used pvc plugs and thru bolted them to the top and bottom aluminum flat stock. Then wrapped the pipe in silicone tape to act as a grip, but really more for aesthetics because I had it laying around.

    The sand spikes are just pieces of aluminum stock. From Ace Hardware I picked up mountable 1/4x20 tee nuts and bolted them to right angle aluminum. Then put a nylon washer in between and used thumb screws to secure them to the rig. I put a nylon lock nut on the end of the thumb screw.

    If you're not handy or don't want to go to the trouble of building it, you could just buy one of @MAKO Spearguns camera rigs. Admittedly I got the idea from Dano.

    https://www.makospearguns.com/Two-Handle-Camera-Tray-p/m2htct.htm
     
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  7. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    A couple examples of my rig in action...

    On this dive I carried the UV light because other divers wanted to test it.



    The pool test was a bit unstable because I was dragging around a pony bottle for the test. But I was more interested in seeing how the lights performed.

     
  8. diversteve

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    loc-line also makes a Y fitting. In both 1/2 or 3/4"
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    Modular hose has them
    modularhose.com - Loc-Line 3/4" ID System Y's and Elbows

    another useful piece for transitioning from your handles to the tubing is their fixed mount - it's a solid base you can drill a hole thru for a mounting bolt.

    Loc-Line 60533 Fixed Mount

    Reef Photo has both plus other pieces in black but it's more expensive.
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    One of the cheaper strobe makers wrapped the bottom 3rd of their arms in a hard rubber sleeve to make handles. I've seen someone here do something similar with mountain bike grips.
     
  9. Monbit

    Monbit Angel Fish

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    You did a good job w the taping. Looks very professional. I can now see how you put it all together. Savvy.

    Thanks for the share.

    If I can pick your brains. Where do you find the music to your videos.

    I’ve just started putting my videos together. Music selection plays a big part ..... I’m having troubles finding good ones
     
  10. Monbit

    Monbit Angel Fish

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    Thanks mate.
    I’m just starting to learn about lokline. Thought it was only for scuba.

    I’m playing around w my setup above water at the moment. Seems like the strobes are too heavy for the arms.

    In the water - is it better?
     

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