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Libec THM20 One of the extendable legs is sticking. It isn't bent and I can't see any blockages. Could it be the locking mechanism?

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  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2007

    The leg is slightly off the track, which is a curved piece which fits along the tripod support rail. If you're not careful when collapsing the legs you'll force the leg to go off-track like this.


  • Orange 23 Dec 06, 2007

    Unfortunately it is not off the track. There's something sticking within the actuall locking mechanism. Thanks for replying though.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    THE LOCKING MECHANISM DOES NOT KEEP THE LEGS IN PLACE

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The leg is slightly off the track, which is a curved piece which fits along the tripod support rail. If you're not careful when collapsing the legs you'll force the leg to go off-track like this.

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