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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    The bubble level on my Horseman has lost its fluid. Can anyone suggest a suitabl e replacement? The original was clear,ie uncoloured.

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Go to the hardware store and get a small 2way level, you can take it apart and glue them on seperately or just set it on the camera when you are leveling. Pat

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    I think this has happened to all of us (if it hasn't... it will) as stated, a hardware store will have a small (1.5") 2 way or there are some 4 way's that I personnally like that are slightly larger. They can be mounted or just placed on the standards when needed. Cheers

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Horseman? Call Calumet on their 800 number and ask to talk to the spare parts people. They stock some levels, and since they sell Horseman, they should have, or be able to order some for you.

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Thank you for your generous replies. I would prefer to refurbish the original level to keep my Horseman LB standard..so I will pass on the hardware store solutions, good though they are. Although alcohol is the obvious fluid I am concerned that it may evaporate while the epoxy putty sealant I plan to use is curing..could anyone suggest a less volatile liquid thatb might do the trick?

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    alcohol and water. I am no expert here but in chemistry labs we use this combination for various things, and I think it would work in your case. I would suggest a 50/50 mix. good luck!

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Hi Ian I do think the fluid is a diluted Fluorescein solution .. it?s provided as ampoules of a brown colored Sol. When diluted it gives that particular color you see in bubble levels.. the intensity of the yellow-green color depends on the dilution. You can get it from pharmacies And shops of medical supplies. We use it in ophthalmology to stain some tissues. It?s relatively difficult to remove it from hands, so use gloves.. however it?s not harmful. Ashraf

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Jorge,

    Which 50/50 mix would you recommend? Absolut? Stolichnaya...? Cheers, ;^D)

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Doremus,

    :-))) Actually I am partial to Glennmorangie 100%

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    Replacing fluid in bubble level ?

    Don't forget some antifreeze if you plan on using your camera in the winter!

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