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#1 steeldrifter

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:41 PM

One thing I like about having the Gopro Hero is the fact that they make so many good accessories for it. One of them which is almost a "must" for anglers is what they call the "Floaty" which attaches to the backdoor of the housing. It keeps the camera from sinking in case you ever drop it, knock it overboard, or the head strap was to fall off into the water. This is the Floaty they sell right here.....

http://gopro.com/cam...CFUff4AodmA9Fgw


It's $15 plus $6 shipping. Now I dunno about you but there's no way in hell I would hand over $21 for a damn piece of glorified foam. So today I went to the hardware and found one of the super dense closed cell foam gardening kneel pads which was on clearance for a whopping .65cents. 15 minutes with a coping saw, some sand paper, two pieces of velcro and viola'.....exact same thing they sell for $21 for a mere .65cents.



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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:11 PM

Ha Ha, that's exactly what I was thinking! Then I was thinking, "yea, way to go!"

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

I don't mind spending money one bit, but I refuse to spend $21 on a 3"x5" piece of foam blink.gif

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:30 PM

jUST MESSIN' WITH YA

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:02 AM

Yea, I bet you were looking for a pink one but couldn't find that.....Red, bright red at that, was the next one.


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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:22 AM

Man, I thought I was cheap! thumbsup.gif Stteldrifter, I do agree with you. Some things are outrageously priced. Probably 25 cents worth of foam plus a few cents for the screening.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:59 AM

QUOTE (Bigdadyrods @ Jul 11 2012, 08:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yea, I bet you were looking for a pink one but couldn't find that.....Red, bright red at that, was the next one.


Randy




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#9 John T.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:32 AM

Guys???? Randy was the one that said it, not the rest of us. We might have been thinking it but we were nice (for a change) and didn't say it.

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#10 steeldrifter

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:18 PM

My new gopro dive housing just came today, it is a HUGE improvment in underwater video quality. First part of this test vid is the factory rounded housing, and 2nd half is the new Gopro Dive Housing
http://www.youtube.c...feature=mh_lolz

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Maybe you can use the money you saved to buy a fish for the fish bowl you were building. Yep, I had to go there whistling1.gif
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:58 PM

QUOTE (steeldrifter @ Jul 10 2012, 04:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One thing I like about having the Gopro Hero is the fact that they make so many good accessories for it. One of them which is almost a "must" for anglers is what they call the "Floaty" which attaches to the backdoor of the housing. It keeps the camera from sinking in case you ever drop it, knock it overboard, or the head strap was to fall off into the water. This is the Floaty they sell right here.....

http://gopro.com/cam...CFUff4AodmA9Fgw


It's $15 plus $6 shipping. Now I dunno about you but there's no way in hell I would hand over $21 for a damn piece of glorified foam. So today I went to the hardware and found one of the super dense closed cell foam gardening kneel pads which was on clearance for a whopping .65cents. 15 minutes with a coping saw, some sand paper, two pieces of velcro and viola'.....exact same thing they sell for $21 for a mere .65cents.



Steve


What a GREAT IDEA Steve! I agree, it's tough to pay 21 bucks for a 5 cent piece of foam. Great ingenuity, and thanks for sharing. Here's an ide, Maybe you oughta make 10 more from that piece and sell them for 5 buck! LOL



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