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Equipment Failure - your data please!

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by gr8jab, May 23, 2019.

  1. blatter

    blatter Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Australia
    Over 4000 logged dives and well over 4000 hours.

    No life threateneing equipment failures. Plenty of leaky o-rings (SPG and reg swivel mostly) and second stages that were annoying rather that life threatening. Also a few stuck drysuit or bc inflators that required regular dumping and/or disconnecting to complete dives. Also had a sticking O2 add valve on a rebreather that required a hose to be disconnected to continue the dive.

    I replace hoses when they start to get soft or look worn around the end fittings and like to think that that reduces the risk of catastrophic LP hose failures. I also service my own regs so I can identify problems before they become significant.

    Most memorable failures - none life threatening - were:
    1. an almost new HP hose that looked to be in great condition bursting on the boat just after I cracked the cylinder valve about 4 years ago - maybe a faulty hose - luckily there was a spare guage/hose I could use so didn't miss a dive.
    2. SPG sticking and showing air when cylinder was about empty - this has happened to me twice - once with buddy with octo and once when solo diving - both no deco dives and failure near surface so not really a problem. This happend even though I have always checked pressure guage needle movement regularly to make sure they are showing zero and not sticking.
    3. a school of tiny fish swm around and into the regulator exhaust tee and jammed the mushroom valve open causing a leak - reg breatheed a bit wet until I could blow and purge the reg and clear the poor little fish.

    Not gas related but have had computer failures on dives - all battery failures despite the battery indicator showing OK before dives.

    These days I normally dive with at least 2 computers and have redundent gas on deeper/deco type dives.
  2. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    I hate it when that happens. :) Never happened to me but I was getting a leaky 2nd stage one time and investigation revealed a very wet cockroach lodged in the exhaust spokes. M
  3. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Zealand
    3000+ (can't say for sure) over 51 years, not a single equipment related failure. Had a couple of "stupid personal related" failures but still alive and looking toward to my next dive adventure!
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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    #3 whoa!! That's got to be exceedingly rare!
  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    My cockroach in gear story is a bit different, in that I was back home (where we do not have cockroaches). My gear was in the tub soaking and a few hours afterwards I noticed the dead roach floating around. Ewwwww

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