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Bottom Plastic lever breaks under gentle pressure

The bottom lever for extending the bottom leg, snapped off when I pushed the lever to secure the leg in place. No excessive force was used, as these levers are plastic. I checked online and saw reviews complaining about the same thing happening within the first couple uses of the monopod. Apparently the levers are made of cheap brittle plastic. When rotated, the lever causes a piece of plastic to push against the extended leg, like a brake, locking the leg into place. Otherwise the monopod is very nice. Rather than returning it, I wonder if there is a way to fix it or make a make-shift lever that will lock the bottom leg in place.

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