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Darin Boville
22-Oct-2014, 02:30
I'm working on fixing up a Norma but have a stripped set screw. Don't think i want to try to fix it myself with my semi-non-existant machine skills.

Anyone know of any inexpensive machinist out there, pro or hobbyists?

My problem can be seen in another thread at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-kapp/14/a02/118 in the second photo.

--Darin

ic-racer
22-Oct-2014, 04:49
My browser doesn't load any photographs from that link.

Bob Salomon
22-Oct-2014, 04:56
Inexpensive? Why not just stste how much you are willing to pay? A real machinist has to pay for that building, the tools, employees, insurance, taxes, time, etc.

That in itself makes inexpensive questionable.

But, if it helps you, the owner of K&S in Palo Alto is an amateur machinist. You might ask there.

Darin Boville
22-Oct-2014, 08:52
Inexpensive? Why not just stste how much you are willing to pay? A real machinist has to pay for that building, the tools, employees, insurance, taxes, time, etc.

That in itself makes inexpensive questionable.

But, if it helps you, the owner of K&S in Palo Alto is an amateur machinist. You might ask there.

Hey Bob, I've never had any machinist work done in my life and I haven't a clue what things cost--I only know I want to be on the bottom end of the range! :)

I'll check with K&S the next time I'm down that way, thanks.

--Darin

Darin Boville
22-Oct-2014, 08:53
My browser doesn't load any photographs from that link.

Whoops gave the wrong link, above (that one was for my high schooler....).

Here is the correct link, I hope: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?116597-CLA-Sinar-Norma&p=1178837&viewfull=1#post1178837

--Darin

William Whitaker
22-Oct-2014, 10:38
Maybe not such a simple repair. And "inexpensive machinist" is an oxymoron. You get what you pay for, sometimes less. Charges usually start at 1 hour of basic shop time and go up.

My guess is that you would be better off to find another Norma standard on Ebay and skip the repair altogether.

Tracy Storer
22-Oct-2014, 10:56
Is it that you've stripped the slot in the head of the screw? or stripped the threads in the bore?

Randy Moe
22-Oct-2014, 11:48
Maybe not such a simple repair. And "inexpensive machinist" is an oxymoron. You get what you pay for, sometimes less. Charges usually start at 1 hour of basic shop time and go up.

My guess is that you would be better off to find another Norma standard on Ebay and skip the repair altogether.

I agree, even Normas are still pretty common. These days we fix by replacement, even antiques. Not good, but expedient. :(

ScottPhotoCo
22-Oct-2014, 12:58
Darin,

There are simple tools that you can get at a hardware store that can help remove a stripped screw head fairly easily. Here is an example: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00IRL3WP4/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1414007829&sr=8-1&pi=SX200_QL40#

Tim