The following is a picture of the tripod base of a dual head work light. If
you look carefully, you'll notice that the center pole does not match the
base. That's because I modified the base to hold an adjustable metal pole
so that I can get extra height from the light. The problem is that the work
light is now relatively unstable due to being top heavy.
I'm looking for ideas to add weight to base. The legs of the tripod are
hollow. I've considered pouring concrete into the tubes but I'm not sure
it would be enough weight. I also considered inserting a solid steel rod
but there is an obstruction - the rivet for the flat support bars which
extends straight through the tube. To insert a rod I'd have drill out the
rivet, insert the steel bar and then drill through the rod in order to
reattached the support rods. Doable, but more work than I want to put into
it if there's an easier solution.
Which would weigh more - three 7/8" x 12" 'tubes' of concrete or three 7/8"
x 12" steel rods or something else?
Could an old cast iron (or plastic) barbell weight, or maybe even an old
automotive flywheel just be slipped over the mast and allowed to rest on
top of the tripod apex? Wouldn't be pretty, but would probably work great.
On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:15:26 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
How about three sandbags, laid over the horizontal parts of the base, or
even maybe the sloping parts.
That way the base won't be permanently heavy, if you want to carry it
somewhere that the added weight isn't needed.
And if there's a flood, you'll be 3 bags ahead of the game. Plus other
I don't think you can buy sandbags in most places, but you can buy the
bags and fill them with sand.
You seem to have missed my response the last time sandbags were suggested.
"Thanks, but I'm looking for a integral solution. No extra parts to carry,
Besides, I live on top of a hill overlooking a bay. If a flood ever reached
my house, we'd all be in more trouble than sandbags could possibly deal
with. We'd be talking an Armageddon-like situation.
I read that and it's going to be tried. I was merely replying to micky's
sand bag suggestion, which came very late and had already been suggested,
more than once.
BTW...the light fell over again tonight. It doesn't take much of bump for
it to start to topple. Unfortunately my hands were otherwise occupied and
I couldn't catch it.
An alternative to adding weight is to increase the span of the legs. Can't
tell the diameter of what you have but perhaps they lend themselve to having
pipe/tubing sliped over them? Wouldn't have to be a perfect fit, a couple
of pins at 90 degrees to each other would stifle any wobble.
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