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I have a VDB that I bought in the mid 90's and both of the larger sections have always been stiff. Does anyone know how to take one of these apart? I want to see what is binding. 

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IIRC, you unscrew  the soft rubber bumper at bottom of boom, and all the pieces come out through the opened bottom, after removing each collar, starting with the top section?

 

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thanks. It looks like I will need to remove the internal coil cord to do that, off to the work bench. 

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I have the pole apart now, I washed the two largest sections with warm water and detergent, they were pretty dirty. There is still a lot of stiction with the two bushings. Any suggestions?

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Well, there was a day spent. After looking at it closely the locking collar had shrunk. Who knows why but they did. Finally tried some emery cloth then ended up with a rat tail file and took abut 1 thousandth off. After it was roughed up I could slide the section thru and the friction would mark the high spot and then work very carefully with the file, I did this a number of times. I used a small brake cylinder hone to smooth it out after getting a smooth action. Quite a chore but the pole works perfectly now. That coil cord was a bit of a wrestle to get into place. I fed a very flexible wire thru the top then soldered the tips together with some shrink wrap. I then pulled it thru and was back in business.

 

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Thanks for sharing! I have a vdb that spent too much time near a lamp so one section melted a bit, which makes it hard to extend. Might try a bit of your filing approach.

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21 hours ago, VAS said:

I hope this video to help you.

 

Geez Louise, I do like a shallow focus product video. This video is showing us the newer 1/4 turn locking poles as opposed to the older ones with threaded locking sections.

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The new locks look great assuming that the sections don't spin when locked, a problem I had with my last Vdb. 

 

 

 

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The brake hone is a great idea.  I think one reason vDBs (at least) get sticky is that the sections get slightly bent with use (that really windy exterior with a shotgun in a zep while fully extended, or being stepped on etc).  I'm very glad to hear that with some work (or more work than I've tried) they can be rescued.

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