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Rubber Monopod tip replacement
Leslie Billman, Photographer
Annapolis | Md | USA | Posted: 9:41 AM on 04.24.10
->> I have a Manfrotto monopod and the rubber tip at the bottom has worn through. I've searched the internet for info on replacement but can't find anything. Surely I'm not going to have to buy a whole new monopod...
Anyone have any ideas?
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 9:58 AM on 04.24.10
->> Go to your nearest Home Depot and buy the rubber leg tips. Works perfect and last longer.
http://tinyurl.com/24ce3vu
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Leslie Billman, Photographer
Annapolis | Md | USA | Posted: 10:03 AM on 04.24.10
->> Who knew? Thanks for the "tip". This mono has sort of rounded triangular stick at the bottom. Think these will work?
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 10:08 AM on 04.24.10
->> Not familiar with that mono... I just left my old tip on and put the new one over it for a better fit. I bet you could modify the stick with a little gaffers tape at the bottom and the new tip should fit perfect over the tape for a snug fit.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:27 AM on 04.24.10
->> An even better place I have found are one of those "mom and pops" hardware stores. they usually have an unreal selection of rubber tips for all kinds of things. I bought five for only $3 a few years ago and the fit was so good I've never needed the other four and gave them to friends who lost theirs....
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 10:29 AM on 04.24.10
->> If you can't find one that fits, you could consider using multiple layers of Plasti-Dip over the existing tip until it's built up sufficiently. I use this for coating tool handles.

http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip
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Diana Porter, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 10:47 AM on 04.24.10
->> Call Manfrotto. They will send you one for free. They sent me three of them.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 11:13 AM on 04.24.10
->> If you want an alternative, I bought a package of three of these a few years ago:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/630918-REG/Manfrotto_160SP1_Spiked_Fo...

They have a rubber tip for use on floors, concrete, etc., and the rubber tip retracts to reveal a spike which is useful for turf, dirt, etc.

It fits right over the end of your monopod.
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Kevin Bartram, Photographer, Photo Editor
Antioch / San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 11:26 AM on 04.24.10
->> After you locate a rubber tip that fits, find a coin or washer that fits snugly inside the tip before installing the tip onto the monopod. It will keep the monopod from wearing through the new tip, a nickel works perfectly on mine.

I used to go through tips fairly quickly but since I put the nickel in there I can't remember the last time I replaced one.
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Leslie Billman, Photographer
Annapolis | Md | USA | Posted: 12:42 PM on 04.24.10
->> Love the idea of the washer! Thanks so much for all the suggestions.
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Northwest Missouri | MO | USA | Posted: 6:54 PM on 04.24.10
->> I've used the washer trick too. It's also useful on the short ladders.
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Jacob Langston, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 8:24 PM on 04.24.10
->> Go to any drug store and buy a box of rubber tips for a cane. They come 2 or 3 in a pack and it's like $3.00.

Works perfectly.
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Steve Russell, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 8:29 PM on 04.24.10
->> Also try and e-mail Bogen at parts@bogenimaging.com
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Paul Nelson, Photographer
Temperance | MI | USA | Posted: 12:35 AM on 04.25.10
->> Nice to see the replies here. My dog (then puppy) chewed half of the rubber tip off of my monopod, but it never actually came off..so years later and its still in place, but probably should be replaced. Wasn't sure about finding the same tip as it isn't flat on the bottom, so these suggestions help!
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 12:44 PM on 04.25.10
->> I second Jacob's idea. I chew through the factory ones in about 1-1.5 football seasons, so I went to Walgreens and picked up the cane tips which fit extremely snug, but fit.

One thing to remember to do when you do this, is to place a penny in the bottom of the tip (or whatever coin fits best) so that the monopod can't cut through it again.

If you haven't done this to your original tip, doing so will prevent it from failing in the future.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 4:31 PM on 04.25.10
->> Just bought a 2 pack of cane tips at Walgreens that has a washer in the base to keep the metal canes from cutting trough. I bought the 1" tips for my Bogen 680.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 6:15 PM on 04.25.10
->> rubber chair leg tips from Lowes work as well. actually just picked up a 4-pack about an hour ago. perfect fit on my manfrotto monopod. when/if this one wears through i'll put the penny in the bottom the next time. thanks for that tip Thomas.

marc
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Jim Owens, Photographer
Cincinnati | OH | usa | Posted: 2:23 PM on 04.27.10
->> Thomas,
Take a standard bar of soap and rub it all over the area where the rubber tip will go on first. Also, others be aware that there are several sizes [diameters] of the rubber tips out there. Make sure you get the right size and save yourself some trouble.
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Steve Allen, Photographer
Concord | CA | USA | Posted: 2:44 PM on 04.29.10
->> Do you guys use your monopods as walking sticks too? I dunno maybe I am just careful with my gear but have not come close to wearing the rubber tip although have already eyeballed the cane tips at Rite-aide for when that day comes.....
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Thomas B. Shea, Photographer
Pearland/Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 4:17 PM on 04.29.10
->> I just used duct tape, but now I might buy a new tip from Wallgreens,
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 6:30 PM on 04.29.10
->> OK, so I went to Home Depot and got the tips. Came home and found they were just a bit too big to stay on. Went to an Ace Hardware and bought a rubber stopper to fit. When I got home I fired up the old hot glue gun. Put the stopper in, then put glue on the bottom of the stopper and pushed on the tip. Wow - this is better than the Bogen tip of a crutch tip.
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Duane Burleson, Photographer
Sterling Heights | MI | USA | Posted: 6:31 PM on 04.29.10
->> I use a bypass cap, sold at auto parts stores, an assortment is $5. Here is a link to auto zones version.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/catalog/accessories/accProductDetails.jsp?...

I think it is the 5/8 that fits my Manfrotto carbon monopod just great.

Cheers,

Duane
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Tom Gannam, Photographer
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 3:37 PM on 04.30.10
->> I just contacted bogen to get a replacement tip for my gitzo monopod. I have used cane tips in the past but if Bogen will pony up a few free ones then what the heck. I have had my 1588 for several years now and I finally wore through the foot this week while shooting baseball. It must be those concrete slabs in the photo pits.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 12:11 AM on 02.05.12
->> Just an update FYI. After emailing Bogen I was offered a replacement foot for $5 and change, shipping included, so I went for it. When the package arrived it actually contained three of them. Not bad at all.

I had tried the chair leg tips at Lowes, and they fit fine, but are way thin and wouldn't last long. The real McCoy is a whole lot thicker and more durable.
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Nick Wass, Photographer
Wheaton | MD | USA | Posted: 7:56 PM on 02.06.12
->> i have two different models of velbon carbon fibre monopods
that needed replacement feet
Went to the local CVS drug store and brought a box of 2 cane tips and wella-they fit and are thick and sturdy and under $5.00
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Tod Gomes, Photographer, Assistant
Pleasant Hill | CA | USA | Posted: 8:10 PM on 02.06.12
->> I also used the cane tips AND I put in a nickle inside the tip before putting it on so the metal does not eat through it so quick. seems to be holding up just fine.
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Tod Gomes, Photographer, Assistant
Pleasant Hill | CA | USA | Posted: 2:39 AM on 07.02.12
->> UPDATE... I am now not sure if the nickle helped. I just replaced the tip again with another cane end last week.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 3:25 PM on 07.02.12
->> I just pack mine full of mud. Not on purpose, it just happens. Not sure if that's the answer you're looking for, however...
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Mike Huffstatler, Photographer, Assistant
Rancho Cucamonga | Ca | United States | Posted: 8:15 PM on 07.02.12
->> Who would have thought it...nearly 30 replies on this. I guess this is a bigger problem than I ever imagined. I am a big fan of using a chair leg tip with a flat surface. I find...that for my tastes...the Manfrotto turns and moves around more than I would like. For me at least, the flat surface of the chair tip keeps things much more stable.
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