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How to...

On this page you will find a series of
videos on how to convert your tripod
into its various different configurations,
service, clean and maintain it.

How To Videos

Below is a list of How To videos that will help you convert, clean, maintain or adjust your 3 Legged Thing tripod.

CLEAN YOUR TRIPOD (PARALLEL LOCKS)

This short video explains how to disassemble, service, clean and maintain, and reassemble your tripod Parallel Locks for Equinox and Eclipse and Pro 2.0 tripods - Leo, Albert and Winston.

REPLACING SHIMS (PARALLEL LOCKS)

This short video will show you how to remove and replace the Chicken Lips (most companies call them "shims") inside the leg or column sections of any 3 Legged Thing tripod that uses the Parallel Locking system.

REPLACING CHICKEN LIPS (STANDARD LOCKS)

This short video shows how to open a friction lock, remove and replace the internal Chicken Lip (shim). This technique works with our Punks tripods.

COMPRESSION WASHERS

This short video will show you how to remove and replace the compression washers inside any lock of a 3 Legged Thing tripod.

CONVERT PUNKS TO A MONOPOD

This short video shows how to remove the monopod leg and connect it to the central column on Punks tripods (Rick, Vyv, Corey and Travis).

CONVERT LEO or PRO RANGE 2.0 TRIPOD TO A MONOPOD

This short video shows how to remove the monopod leg and connect it to the central column on Equinox or Eclipse Leo and all Pro Range 2.0 tripods

INVERTING THE CENTRE COLUMN

This short video explains how to simply invert the centre column on your 3 Legged Thing tripod. This video technique is applicable to every 3LT tripod ever made.

REMOVING THE CENTRE COLUMN

This short video explains how to simply remove the centre column on your 3 Legged Thing tripod. This video technique is for Eclipse / Equinox and Pro Range 2.0 tripods.

REMOVING THE CENTRE COLUMN (PUNKS)

This short video explains how to simply remove the centre column on your 3 Legged Thing Punks tripod.

CHANGE THREADS

This short video explains how to change the double ended threaded bolt over, in the centre column and mounting plate of your tripod. This technique works on all legacy 3LT tripods.

HOW TO FIT FOOTWEAR TO YOUR TRIPOD

This video shows you how to secure your footwear to your tripod.

USING TOOLZ

This short video shows how our unique Toolz can be used, and the various features that make this a must-have accessory.

ADJUSTING THE SWITCH CLAMP

This short video shows how to adjust the Switch Clamp for release plates with different base profiles.

HOW TO CHECK YOUR TRIPOD BEFORE USE

This video will show you how to check your tripod before use.

HOW TO CHANGE THE CLAMP ON YOUR TRIPOD

This short video shows how to swap your clamp on your AirHed (using Switch Clamp).

CLEAN YOUR TRIPOD (DUAL CHICKEN LIPS)

This short video explains how to disassemble, service, clean and maintain, and reassemble your tripod friction locks. This is for all 3LT tripods with dual shims.

CONVERT YOUR EQUINOX/ECLIPSE ALBERT OR WINSTON INTO A MONOPOD

This short video explains how to remove the monopod leg from Albert or Winston, remove the mounting plate (tri-mount) from the column, and connect them to make a Monopod. This technique also applies to all legacy 3 Legged Thing tripods, except Punks, Leo, Keith and Tim.

REPLACING CHICKEN LIPS (DUAL CHICKEN LIPS)

This short video shows how to open a friction lock, remove and replace the internal shims. This technique is widely applicable to almost any tripod with standard friction locks and dual shims.

PARALLEL LOCKS

This short video will explain how to disassemble or open Parallel Locks on Evolution 3, Evo 3 Punks, Equinox / Eclipse and Pro Range 2.0 tripods.

CHANGING FOOTWEAR

This short video will show you how to change the footwear of your 3 Legged Thing tripod.

SERVICE THE LEG CATCH

This short video shows how the leg catch mechanism can be lubricated and tightened to suit your required tension.

How to service a tripod with Parallel Locks

This video shows how to service your tripod, if it features the unique, patented Parallel Lock system, from how to disassemble the locks, to how best to clean them.

How to service a tripod with normal friction locks with dual Chicken Lips.

In this video we show the basic requirements for cleaning, maintaining and servicing your tripod, if your product has normal friction locks and dual Chicken Lips.

How to convert your Punks tripod to a Monopod

This short video shows how to remove the monopod leg and connect it to the central column on Punks tripods.

Convert Equinox/Eclipse Leo or Pro Range 2.0 tripod to a monopod.

This short video shows how to remove the monopod leg and connect it to the central column for Equinox / Eclipse Leo and all Pro Range 2.0 tripods.

Convert your Equinox / Eclipse Albert or Winston into a monopod.

This short video explains how to remove the monopod leg from Albert or Winston, remove the mounting plate (tri-mount) from the column, and connect them to make a Monopod. This technique also applies to all legacy 3 Legged Thing tripods, except Punks, Leo, Keith and Tim.

How to change your tripod footwear

This short video will show you how to change the footwear of your 3 Legged Thing tripod.

How to replace the Chicken Lips (shims) in a Parallel Lock

This short video will show you how to remove and replace the Chicken Lips (most companies call them "shims") inside the leg or column sections of any 3 Legged Thing tripod that uses the Parallel Locking system. Chicken Lip style and colour my vary between C shape and Caps.

How to replace the Chicken Lips in a standard friction lock

This short video shows how to open a friction lock, remove and replace the internal shims. This technique is widely applicable to almost any tripod with standard friction locks and dual shims.

How to replace the Compression Washer inside a 3 Legged Thing tripod leg or column lock.

This short video will show you how to remove and replace the compression washers inside any leg or column lock of a 3 Legged Thing tripod.

How to change threads at the top of the column or mounting plate

This short video explains how to change the double ended threaded bolt over, in the centre column and mounting plate of your tripod. This technique works on all legacy 3LT tripods.

Parallel Locks

This short video will explain how to disassemble or open Parallel Locks on Evolution 3, Evo 3 Punks, Equinox / Eclipse and Pro Range 2.0 tripods.

How to service the leg catches

This short video shows how the leg catch mechanism can be lubricated and tightened to suit your required tension.

How to adjust the Switch Clamp

This short video shows how to adjust the Switch Clamp for release plates with different base profiles.

How to invert your centre column

This short video explains how to simply invert the centre column on your 3 Legged Thing tripod. This video technique is applicable to every 3LT tripod ever made.

Removing The Centre Column

This short video explains how to simply remove the centre column on your 3 Legged Thing tripod. This video technique is for Eclipse / Equinox and Pro Range 2.0 tripods.

How to use Toolz

This short video shows how our unique Toolz can be used, and the various features that make this a must-have accessory.

Replacing Chicken Lips in a Standard Lock

This short video shows how to open a friction lock, remove and replace the internal Chicken Lip (shim). This technique works with our Punks tripods.

Removing the Centre Column (Punks)

This short video explains how to simply remove the centre column on your 3 Legged Thing Punks tripod.

How to fit footwear to your tripod

This video show how you can secure your footwear to your tripod. This method works on all footwear options.

How to Check your tripod before use

This video will show you how to check your tripod before use so you don't have any parts running away mid shoot.

How to change the clamp on your tripod

This short video shows how to swap your clamp on your AirHed (using Switch Clamp).

TRIPOD MANUALS

Below are the links to our tripod instruction manuals in several languages. Whilst our products all utilise similar technology, there are real differences between the tripod ranges, so please download the correct manual.

ELLIE MANUAL