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Re: 3/8 16 Threaded Rod for mounting options?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 08:12:59 AM »
It depends on the application. Nylon is lightweight, but it is also easily damaged or broken compared to metal.

I've always found Grainger to be more expensive than other vendors. Also, they are commercial sales only. 
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Re: 3/8 16 Threaded Rod for mounting options?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 08:59:12 AM »
My mic stand kit has an assortment of steel 3/8-16 thread rod sections.  I do no fly high stands, except for rare occasions. So, my stands are mostly 2-4' base sections, and I have an assortment of steel rod extensions to fit my needs.  They quickly and easily run me up to 7'.
I also use these same rods to go really high when I need to, on my Manforotto 9'+ stand.
I've covered each section in  heat shrink so that it does not just look like thread rod stock.
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Re: 3/8 16 Threaded Rod for mounting options?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 09:28:55 AM »
I also made a few adaptors from this steel thread stock as well.  I took 1' pieces of it, and bent it at 90º and 45º, and aded thread rod ferrule connectors to the ends, to use in my clamps. THis allows me to turn the angle of the clamp "output" to go from holding a mic stand/rail, and, going vertical or, horizontal when necessary.
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Re: 3/8 16 Threaded Rod for mounting options?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 09:33:01 AM »
Same as Moke here. For years I used a pair of 2' long steel threaded rod extensions I'd made up, with a jam-nut-locked female connection nut on one end and a short section of male thread extending past a lock nut at the other, covered in heat shrink (thick on the nut ends, thin along the length of the all-thread center portion).  These were useful as short stands mounted in a tripod foot and as stand extensions, but rather heavy.  The outside of the thick heatshrink covered connection nut would fit nicely into the female socket of a superclamp or the folding foot, secured with a thumbscrew.  I now mostly use a lighter and more adjustable single telescopic extension, which works better for clamping to railings and atop a stand when required. 

The nylon threaded rod is not likely to be stiff enough for that kind of extension application under load, but shorter sections of it should be fine for mic-holder/mic-bar/shock-mount applications, and the lighter weight is a bonus.  Take a bit more care threading nuts onto it so you don't cross-tread it.
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Re: 3/8 16 Threaded Rod for mounting options?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2019, 09:36:29 AM »
I made a few mounts out of nylon threaded rods w/ nylon nuts going thru PVC pipe & they have held up fine.  I purchased the rods from The Nutty Company which was in my old hometown. No price online but they were always the go to place for nuts & bolts and they were always helpful.

https://www.nutty.com/3-8-16-nylon-threaded-rod-3-ft-36-inches/
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