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Controller Cracked Threaded Holes!!!

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by dsd317, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. dsd317

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    I've heard of problems with DJI controllers cracking, but all four of my threaded holes that keep the controller halves securely fastened are either cracked and/or damaged beyond repair.

    The only thing (aside from buying a new controller) I can think of doing is to use longer screws. The problem is that it would add more stress due to the gap from the missing pieces from the areas where it completely cracked off.

    Any other suggestions?

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  2. msinger

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    Other than sending it back to DJI, you might be able to weld it back together with something like J-B Plastic Weld or Plast-aid.
     
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  3. Sinisalo

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    If you use Plast-Aid I can guarantee you it will work to permanently fix your problem. I have used plast-aid for so many things around my house it is crazy. It bonds to the plastic chemically and physically. I got mine from Amazon, here is the Plast-Aid marketing video:


    You could even use plast-aid to form new threads
     
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  4. Mako79

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    Lol... Stress cracks.. I think you need the strong arm kit for the controller.
    There is a batch of controllers that has RTH button (screw support) failing and it seems to be the plastic they used. Yours could be from the same batch.
     
  5. Dave from Ok

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    Just get a hot glue gun from a hobby store. Put a few blobs around the edges and hold the case together until it cools. You will still be able to open it if you have to with some pressure and a butter knife. The excess is easy to remove so cosmetics are not a problem. Fixed a million remotes and radios this way


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    Wow that is really strange. How did you notice?
     
  7. dsd317

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    My controller sounded like a rattler. Very annoying! :mad:
     
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    Man that's a lot of remotes! ;)
     
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  9. Sinisalo

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    if he fixes it with plast aid he will still be able to take the remote apart because he will simply be gluing the threads back together or making new threads.
     
  10. TheLightSpeedz

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    I had the same problem when I put my DBS ITELITE kit on. I just keep it snapped together


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  11. rene van der meer

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    dsd317, did you open the RC or was it in its original state?
     
  12. NoOne

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    My controller had thread post pieces rattling around in it since day one. Then the lanyard clip broke the other day while I was walking with it sending it and my iPad Air 2 tumbling to the pavement, breaking the antennas off the remote, the rest of the thread posts and cracking my iPad. I've currently used 1 minute epoxy on the case female thread posts and on the knob servo female posts that broke. Waiting a few days for it to harden to drill new pilot holes that I'm hoping will rethread with the existing screws.
     
  13. dsd317

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    I've installed DBS mod a few months ago, so I've opened it once before. At that time, only one post cracked completely off. In fact, the post in my first photo is that exact same one. I just Krazy glued back onto the post. It held really well.

    The other post (4th photo), separated into a few pieces. Which is what made those annoying rattling noises.

    I've been working with RC stuff for many years without over-tightening plastic parts, so please don't think I over tightened them, or screwed them up the wrong way. I go as far as making sure I place the same screw into the same threaded hole it came from, and will not continue to tighten screw if I feel any unnecessary resistance. This way I know the thread is following the same path, and not creating another path.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. Let me know how well that epoxy holds up. Post pics if you can.
     
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    This looks promising. I wonder if anyone with these bad controllers have used Plast-Aid.
     
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    This seems like a good idea because you can reopen the glued case if necessary in the future. Do you have a hot glue recommendation? I see that Titebond HiPur glue on my web searches but that seems like an expensive system for a one time use scenario such as this.
     
  17. Sinisalo

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    With plast aid you can still re open the case because you are not gluing the case shut but rather just fixing the threads so it will work the same as new
     
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    Well that's essentially what i'm trying to accomplish with the 1-minute epoxy. I have set the epoxy in the female thread posts. I will then drill a pilot hole and see if the screw can create new threads to bite into.
     
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    I have a big crack on my RC (P3A), it appear from nothing......damm it!
     
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    One of our local guys had the right stick fall completely inside the controller and lock the phantom in full speed forward flight. He managed to yaw it around and do circles while attempting to get the stick back out again. Eventually it worked loose and he was able to get the aircraft back under control. Turns out all of the threads holding the stick in place had stripped and the stick dropped into the controller body. Scary stuff!