- Last Saturday I went to City Hardwoods in Birmingham, Alabama. Pretty nifty place. Check them out if you’re in the area.
- Yes, I’ve seen just about every other alternative on YouTube with ceiling mounted systems, trolley systems, clamp arm systems, and floor systems.
- Yes, three casters instead of four will be more stable. I evaluated using a triangular base but it would increase the minimum width of the base. Using four is not a problem.
- Whether you use a 6” caster or a 2” caster, if there is something on the floor in the path of the caster the solution is to move the object, not run it over.
- Yes, if I mount the arms on the right side of the carriage bolt gravity would cause it to tighten if it falls and therefore be less likely to fall. I totally know what you’re talking about. But I can’t stand to have the arms on the right due to the way I interact with the camera and swivel mount. That’s one of the reasons why I added the bungee cord. For situations where it might be a danger to someone’s safety if it loosens I’d definitely move it but in this case I’ll live a bit on the wild side.
- PTFE spray. This is the spray I talked about using: http://amzn.to/2gPUH2I
- Why not make the upper horizontal bar longer, and put some counter weight? You might not need that post and bungee. My walk ways are short. I don’t want to have something being in the way on both sides of the pole.
- After editing the video and working with this in the shop for a day the carriage bolt ended up stripping out. It was a cheap, low grade bolt. I replaced it with a grade 8 bolt and it’s working great. Just thought I’d throw that out there if you end up making something similar.
- Why is the pole long? Can you cut it shorter?