Adapting The GoPro Tripod Mount To PVC

Adapting The GoPro Tripod Mount To PVC

So Jenny and I are going back to Kauai in two weeks and I’ve got a GoPro camera that’s just dying to go into the water.  We don’t dive so I’m just planning on snorkling at Tunnels and (maybe) Lydgate Park.  My first thought was to use the head mount.  It seemed easy enough but I started thinking about this and after doing a fair bit of Youtubing and found out the head mount is actually not very well suited for snorkling.  I’ll take it along but that got me thinking, does this mean I get to make something?

GoPro Tripod Mount On PVC

GoPro Tripod Mount On PVC

So today I went out and grabbed the tripod mount for $7.  I could have shaved a few pennies on Amazon time is short.  Bought a ¼” x 20 TPI bolt and a few washers to use as shims plus a 1″ slip fit male flat-top cap (yes male.  Most caps are female).  I bought the male cap because it fits inside a 1″ coupler or elbow, like a street ell fitting.

I drilled the ¼” hole in the center of the cap, slathered the washer with silicon and placed it into the inside of the cap.  In my case it took just one washer but you may need extras.  I slathered the bolt with silicon and placed it through the washer so that it protruded out the end of the cap.   These make the threads for the tripod mount to screw onto.  I ran a bead of silicon on the underside and into the female thread hole of the tripod mount.  After tightening the bolt I wiped the excess silicon that seeped out between the mount and cap and loaded up the inside of the cap with enough silicon to submerge the bolt head and washer.

My theory is if I need to tripod mount on an actual tripod I would just spend the $7 and purchase another mount, and if for some reason I needed to recover this mount, the silicon should ensure the threads do not corrode to the point of no return.

The reason I only built this portion of the tripod mount for a pole without the pole itself is because I’m pretty certain the TSA would think I built a pipe bomb, and that’s never a good thing when actually expect to get to your destination.  Kauai has a Home Depot anyway so I will pick up the pieces that don’t require crafting to complete the pole assembly while we’re there.  Five minutes in Home Depot and two more dollars and I’ll have a PVC pole to snorkel with.

 

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