Some of you may know that my favourite tripod is a budget tripod from Benro (A-150EXU), tall enough to I don't get a kink in my neck when taking landscape pictures, light, versatile, etc. which can be had for less than 70 bucks. The ONLY thing I didn't like about this tripod is its head. Ball, quick release plate... what's not to like? Well, the quick release plate is finicky, and when I thought the camera was installed properly, at a couple of occasions it was not and almost fell to the ground. The ball head had to go. I wished I could replace it with the Joby ballhead I already own. But how? The budget tripod has a permanently installed head! I searched the interwebz high and low, no "how to" instructions could be found.
Good thing that the worlds "permanently installed" do not exist in Karin's dictionary. Nothing is permanently installed, when you have the willpower to take it apart.
The ball on the Benro was encased in two metal halves, which were connected with each other with a screw and a lever. I dismantled the lever from the screw and pried the thing apart. I broke a piece off, but oh well. I was left with a center column without anything on it but a small screw thread in the middle. Yay! Exactly what I needed. But it was too small for a regular ball head screw. But then there are adapters, right? The Joby ballhead comes with a screw cap that fit smaller tripod threads. Now all I needed as a threaded bold without head that would fit inside the top of the center column of the Benro, long enough to stick out so it could accept the adapter for the Joby ballhead thread. Luckily, the long screw that connected the two halves on the old tripod fit the bill! So with a little bit of elbow grease and a metal saw, I cut the thing off, sanded it down, and voilà - Benro budget tripod with Joby ballhead! I couldn't be happier.