TO ASSEMBLE: Place the side of your hand against the top of the basket and pull down firmly until its pin is revealed after about 40cms/15ins, and the section will automatically lock in place. The pin has a slight bevel at the top and once in position will be protected from above by the Alloy collar. The internal cord keeps the two sections in tension, minimising any rattle at the joint. The middle/top shaft section is extended by opening the lever-arm, firmly pulling the sections apart and then closing at your personalised pole height. To avoid rattle, the tolerance of these shaft diameter sections is 'fine' - so their sliding is not too loose.
BEFORE USE: lean your weight on the pole to check that the locking is secure. It should close with a moderate finger pressure - making it easy to open and close the lever.
To adjust the Lever-lock mechanism (if necessary): open the lever-arm then rotate it a full rotation clockwise to tighten or anti-clockwise to slacken. The lever lock has an internal stainless steel inlay for the contact surface which creates a firm and effective grip without the need for over tightning. If over-tight it makes all the shaft sections stiffer to pull-out/push-in as it affects tube compression and the ease with which the middle/lower sections slide. Opening the lever will make for an even easier slide of the lower sections as the lever can't compress the fine tolerance shaft tubing.
TO COLLAPSE: firmly pull the bottom/middle sections apart slightly to release the contact between the pin and the metal collar. (Note. Suggest holding the middle section around/under the Lever mechanism itself, to lift the shaft section upwards and expose a little more of the pin.) Press-in the pin and push the bottom section into the middle section using the basket. Then retract the top section by opening the lever-arm and firmly compressing the sections.
AFTER USE: Wipe the surfaces down with plain water as necessary and dry. It is useful - but not essential to store the top sections free of the collapsed lower ones in their mesh bag. Avoid damaging the top flanges of the middle sections.