Re: Eiki tip

From: Jonathan Walley (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 14:00:35 PST


Thanks so much for the detailed advice. All best,


Jonathan Walley
Assistant Professor
Department of Cinema
Denison University
Granville, Ohio
email suppressed

On Feb 3, 2009, at 11:19 AM, David Tetzlaff wrote:

>> Could you be more specific about re-building the shaft? For
>> instance, how many
>> layers of heat shrink tubing are necessary? What exactly is the
>> process?
> Take the lens out. There may be a screw holding it in at the back of
> the barrel. Get the focus knob out of the lens housing (I can't
> rememeber if the release is a screw or a button on the bottom of the
> housing...). Remove all residue from the end of the knob, and
> thoroughly clean the hole in the housing where the knob goes (you
> may have to take the housing off the projector...).
> Heat shrink tubing doesn't shrink that much. I fixed our Eiki by
> using three or four layers, and that meant three or four diameters.
> I used an inexpensive kit of wider gauge tubing from Harbor Freight
> tools.
> You can get this online, or they have a retail stores, including one
> in east Columbus. So first I cut a small section of the narrowest
> white tubing to fit the business end of the shaft. I used kitchen
> matches as a heat source to shrink the tubing, moving the match up
> toward the tube so it would start shrinking but not so close it
> would burn. Then, the next wider size in the kit is red and finally
> black. I think if you can get more than one layer with any of the
> sizes you should, but when the tubing doesn't stretch out, so once
> what you're trying to put it over gets to a certain diameter you
> can't get it on, and you have to go up to the next size. It's been
> awhile, so i don't remember exactly how many layers I wound up with
> or what the exact composition of white red and black was.
> Trim the far end of the layered tubing with an X-Acto knife if
> necessary, so the knob goes back into the housing readily and turns
> properly. (It's hard to cut the little pieces of tubing to exactly
> the right length before you put them on the shaft.)

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