Wife & I got stuck in a vortex in Palau (2013). Did not know what it was until told by other divers not in vortex (actually twin vortexes). Very strange. exhaust bubbles went down. Hard to get to surface even with inflated wing. We were dragged back down twice before reaching surface (confirmed...
I started my 2 sons diving when they were 10 & 12. From the beginning they were two of the best dive buddies I have ever had (not counting my wife). That was 23 years ago, they are still top notch.
I hope to begin the process again when my oldest grandchild is old enough
Never had anyone complain about my pipe thread 72’s.
That said, McMaster has a mil-spec teflon tape that is slightly thicker (very slight difference) but using it makes a world of difference. Remember it needs to be tight but you do not need to bury the valve in the tank. Some of my valves are...
Double hose for all my diving. Locally only a pressure gauge, no octo, no BC inflator.
When traveling I will hook up an octo (on 40” hose) and inflator. Been 4 or 5 years since I last used a single hose.
I have an double diaphragm “dial a breath”. On mine the main diaphragm’s were fine (quality looks as good as the USD diaphragm’s.
The HP seat can be lapped if need be. Second stage seat easy to fabricate. On mine the first stage diaphragm was hard, I located a NOS replacement slightly more...
Just curious, which counties require a permit?
I know the St Cloud quarries do (not worth the effort), and the Twin cities lakes at various times have required permits in the past. Was not aware of anything on county level, perhaps in southern part of state?
Used a Nemrod Snark 3 in 1974 for about 4 months. Worst breathing regulator I had ever used so got rid of it.
Get rid of the 1 inch hoses and put USD hoses and mouthpiece on it. The Nemrod hoses are like sucking thru a straw
If you take the tank directly to a Hydro tester you will save a lot compared to dive shop prices (most just farm out the work).
Call around. Where I am Hydros are $15-20 which include visual (first part of hydro process).
Another $1.00 for visual sticker (from hydro facility)
Had one in I believe 1974 which I used for several years before selling it. It was very comfortable above water as well as underwater.
The main reason I got rid of it was despite promises I could not get it filled beyond 3500psi.
Also extreme negative buoyancy, with a 3/8 thk wetsuit no weight...