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Servicing your own regulators

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Rick Warren, Feb 20, 2021.

Would you take a Manufacturer Approved Class on regulator servicing if offered?

Poll closed Feb 27, 2021.
  1. Yes

    92.3%
  2. No

    7.7%
  1. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    17,170
    9,232
    Every class I teach seems to get something added to it. Based on regs that I get in for service between classes and what students show up with or do during the class.
    For example, in the beginning, I never told people how an abandoned spider egg case may affect the movement of the lever in the second stage from a reg that had been in storage for a while. I do now.
    It's also why my class is 2 days. Minimum of 10 hours.
     
  2. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    9,581
    3,495
    If the mother is around and venomous(Black widow in N. America, Funnel web in Australia), not very funny.
     
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  3. jakehbk

    jakehbk Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: California
    75
    43
    Always, ALWAYS purge a reg before you take a breath
     
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  4. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    9,581
    3,495
    I have cockroaches in my booties and wet suit.
     
  5. bletso

    bletso Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Louisville KY
    321
    126
    Servicing regs over the years the most disgusting thing is servicing gear of a heavy smoker. Even purging before a breath isn't enough. Yeh, roaches or their egg casings are par for the course.
     
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  6. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor

    554
    569
    My coworker used to leave his wetsuit on the boat overnight when we did multi day jobs. One morning he put on his wetsuit, got in the water, and felt a pain on his leg. Brown recluse spider bit him. That bite was a year long ordeal......
     
    Centrals and couv like this.
  7. Nicklebon

    Nicklebon Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: RTP, NC
    29
    7
    This thread is great and certainly pushing me in a direction I was already leaning. My biggest concern isn't so much the tools but rather the parts. Aside from Ebay getting parts seems to a be somewhat of a crap shoot especially so for say ... Apeks. Even more so now with Buddha having placed their last order. Based on casual chats I'm fairly certain none of the LDS here will supply parts kits. Is ebay really the only option?
     
  8. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria, Australia
    1,495
    723
    You'll find them on eBay, I very much doubt you'll find a LDS that will sell them.
     
  9. GJC

    GJC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California, USA
    657
    560
    You mean service kits or replacement parts that aren't in a service kit?

    Apeks service kits:

    Apeks Regulator Service Kits

    If you look around, you can find service kits as well as replacement parts for other brands.

    Atomic Aquatics, Genesis, Hollis, Oceanic, Sherwood, Zeagle:

    Regulator & Computer - Parts and Accessories - Regulator Parts - Page 1 - Coral Sea Scuba & Water Sports

    Dive Rite, Poseidon:

    Service Kits - Parts

    Apeks, Aqualung, Atomic, Cressi, Mares, Poseidon:

    Regulator Service Kits - Gidive Store
     
    rsingler likes this.
  10. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    9,581
    3,495

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