DIY monopod hack – the next level

I’ve posted previously about converting an inexpensive monopod into a GoPro pole with kayak mounting capabilities. I decided I wanted to add additional flexibility to the camera angles available when mounting this system to my kayak.  To do this, I needed to be able to adjust the angle at the base of the monopod where it is mounted to the kayak.  I chose to use two 1.5″ YakAttack Screwballs, one to attach to the base of the monopod and one to retain the track bolt to be used to mount to my Mighty Mount.  To connect the two balls, I’m using a RAM short double socket arm.

Bolt inside cap

Bolt inside cap

Screwball attached to cap attached to monopod

Screwball attached to cap attached to monopod

The Screwball is essentially a RAM ball mount, except there is no base attached, only a socket threaded to 1/4-20.  When YakAttack ships these, they’ve got a Mighty Bolt threaded into that socket so that the Screwball can be used on nearly any track-mounting system.  I left one of these in place on one of the Screwballs since I will using it as the base, threaded into my Mighty Mount.  I removed the Mighty Bolt from the other one, exposing the threaded socket.  I lined this socket up with the hole in the bottom of my PVC cap (which happens to be tapped for 1/4-20, but that’s not necessary for this application) then attached it to the cap using a 1/4-20 bolt.  I reattached the cap to the monopod, essentially completing this project.  Very simple.

This two Screwball, one socket arm setup, combined with the extendibility of the monopod, should provide countless new shooting angles for my GoPro adventures.