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Cold Shoe Mount

Discussion in 'Strobes and Lighting' started by Glenn K., Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Glenn K.

    Glenn K. Garibaldi

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    Hi Everyone, I have a cold shoe 6" flex arm attached to my Fantasea housing with a Kraken 3500 light on the other end. I tried the system for the 1st time yesterday and the flex arm mount kept coming lose at the housing. It even separated a couple of times. I had the foresight to attach a tether to both so I wouldn't lose the light. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to keep the tightening screw from loosening?
     
  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    The usual solutions for keeping something from unscrewing is to apply locktite to the threads or a mechanical device such as a star or split washer. That being said, neither one of those may be attractive solutions to your case....if this is true, perhaps instead you can cut out some grip tape (an adhesive backed sandpaper of sorts) and apply it to either the housing or the flex arm mount (or both).

    They make grip tape for use outdoors...I would look at what is available for skateboards as a start point if you think it might work.

    -Z
     
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  3. Glenn K.

    Glenn K. Garibaldi

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    Thanks Zef, I think I'm going to try tightening with a pair of pliers for my next try and am looking for a lightweight pair for traveling with. My save-a-dive kit just keeps getting bigger and bigger ;-)
     
  4. sunnyboy

    sunnyboy Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
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    Whenever I bolt lockline to something I add a split washer (a.k.a. 'lock washer') between the bolt head and the plastic locline base. It never loosened until I wanted to take it apart - even many dozens of dives.
     
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