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underwaterdan
08-23-2007, 09:39
What do I have to do to my new gear to keep it working well. BC - REG - Tank - CPU - Fins - Mask - Everything! :-) I know to wash it, but i am sure there is a long list. Can I do it myself or should I pay someone?

rubberduck
08-23-2007, 09:59
Washing is the most important. Other then that it's minimal.

Reg and BC - bring in for service/checkup once a year

Mask, fins, snorkel. Nothing needed but rinsing. Just keep an eye on straps for wear.

I've found as long as you rinse well after every use it will last you a long time.

torrey
08-23-2007, 10:03
Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1777) is a nice thread about BC cleaning

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1628) is a thread on storing fins

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=589) is a thread on treatment of a brand new mask. I find that toothpaste and an old toothbrush do wonders on older mask silicone when it becomes spotty or changes colors.

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=2115) and Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1728) are two threads on regulator storage

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=290) is a thread on regulator servicing


It would be nice if there were some kind of FAQ on cleaning and routine maintenance.

gtjason2000
08-23-2007, 10:40
Taking an equipment specialty will give you a very good explanation of how to keep your gear lasting forever.

namabiru
08-23-2007, 11:17
It would be nice if there were some kind of FAQ on cleaning and routine maintenance.

Torrey, I really like that idea :) It would be cool if it were a part of the forum, but in Wiki style, so people could look at one page and edit/add as needed. It sometimes gets hard to scroll through pages and pages of posts. OTOH, a single page would work quite nicely.

What could we perhaps do to go about making a FAQ? Perhaps some stickies?

I have Clay Coleman's book, and I do admit I frequently consult it for small bits of re-information (I've read, but just need a reminder). So having a FAQ would be like our version of the book.

underwaterdan
08-26-2007, 17:55
A FAQ Stickey would be a great idea - anyone else agree?

tnfireman
08-26-2007, 18:49
A FAQ Stickey would be a great idea - anyone else agree?
Thats a great idea.

loudgonzo
08-27-2007, 12:21
Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1777) is a nice thread about BC cleaning

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1628) is a thread on storing fins

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=589) is a thread on treatment of a brand new mask. I find that toothpaste and an old toothbrush do wonders on older mask silicone when it becomes spotty or changes colors.

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=2115) and Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1728) are two threads on regulator storage

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=290) is a thread on regulator servicing


It would be nice if there were some kind of FAQ on cleaning and routine maintenance. How do you name the "link" to another post or website? I've always just copied and pasted the whole address, but how do you name it "Here"

underwaterdan
08-29-2007, 10:44
Good question - I think it would be using the advanced editor and wrap it in HTML.

torrey
08-29-2007, 13:29
How do you name the "link" to another post or website? I've always just copied and pasted the whole address, but how do you name it "Here"


I'm going to be using {}'s in place of []'s for the following example so you can actually see it. Instead of just pasting the url between brackets such as:

{url}www.scubatoys.com{/url}

write it as follows:

{url=www.scubatoys.com}whatever you want to call your link{/url}

this will produce:

whatever you want to call your link (www.scubatoys.com)

loudgonzo
08-29-2007, 14:18
How do you name the "link" to another post or website? I've always just copied and pasted the whole address, but how do you name it "Here"


I'm going to be using {}'s in place of []'s for the following example so you can actually see it. Instead of just pasting the url between brackets such as:

{url}www.scubatoys.com{/url}

write it as follows:

{url=www.scubatoys.com}whatever you want to call your link{/url}

this will produce:

whatever you want to call your link (http://www.scubatoys.com)

test (www.yahoo.com)

loudgonzo
08-29-2007, 14:20
How do you name the "link" to another post or website? I've always just copied and pasted the whole address, but how do you name it "Here"


I'm going to be using {}'s in place of []'s for the following example so you can actually see it. Instead of just pasting the url between brackets such as:

{url}www.scubatoys.com{/url}

write it as follows:

{url=www.scubatoys.com}whatever you want to call your link{/url}

this will produce:

whatever you want to call your link (http://www.scubatoys.com)

test (http://www.yahoo.com)

thanks torrey:smiley20:

torrey
08-29-2007, 15:29
No problem (http://forum.scubatoys.com/images/smilies/banana.gif)

shanenurse
08-29-2007, 16:41
I have read somewhere that when I bring my gear home from the ocean, tha I am supposed to soak it in warm fresh water, not just rinse it off. I have left some of it in the whirpool tub soaking for up to two days. Is that too long? Is there a difference between a quick rinse and soaking?

Trying to learn from reading all your posts, but have not seen this addressed. thanks,

creggur
08-30-2007, 15:06
I have read somewhere that when I bring my gear home from the ocean, tha I am supposed to soak it in warm fresh water, not just rinse it off. I have left some of it in the whirpool tub soaking for up to two days. Is that too long? Is there a difference between a quick rinse and soaking?

Trying to learn from reading all your posts, but have not seen this addressed. thanks,

When we get in, i just throw everything in the pool and let it soak for a couple of hours. Then I purge the regs a couple of times, operate the power inflator a few times. Then pull everything out and rinse it very, very thoroughly!! Drain all the water out of the BC, hang everything up to dry and stowe it away.

When you say whirlpool tub, do you mean like a chlorinated jacuzzi style tub? My only concern there would be the level of chlorine present, as that could cause premature fading, and possibly wear. It's probably fine to soak it in there as long as you rinse it off thoroughly afterwards... I would say that 2 days is probably overkill as well.

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1448) is a thread that helped me out a lot!!

mike_s
08-30-2007, 15:25
How do you name the "link" to another post or website? I've always just copied and pasted the whole address, but how do you name it "Here"


I'm going to be using {}'s in place of []'s for the following example so you can actually see it. Instead of just pasting the url between brackets such as:

{url}www.scubatoys.com{/url}

write it as follows:

{url=www.scubatoys.com}whatever you want to call your link{/url}

this will produce:

whatever you want to call your link (http://www.scubatoys.com)



You can also just use the Link tool.

Highlight your text that you want to be your link and click the http://forum.scubatoys.com/images/editor/createlink.gif Icon on the toolbar in the reply page.


(Just in case you want to know how to make that an image appear like the http://forum.scubatoys.com/images/editor/createlink.gif button.

You put the pic URL in IMG tags.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/images/editor/createlink.gif

will get you http://forum.scubatoys.com/images/editor/createlink.gif

shanenurse
09-01-2007, 20:06
Thanks Creggur! I have been looking for a thread like that, just had not found it. I know on the other scuba board, they have a search function, but have not found that here either, so has been sort of hit and miss. Did not realize there was such a recent thread.

creggur
09-02-2007, 11:03
If you look at the top of this page right under where it say "welcome shanenurse" is the search tab. I missed that for a while too. This board has all the functionality of SB, just looks a little different...

scubasamurai
09-02-2007, 13:56
I have read somewhere that when I bring my gear home from the ocean, tha I am supposed to soak it in warm fresh water, not just rinse it off. I have left some of it in the whirpool tub soaking for up to two days. Is that too long? Is there a difference between a quick rinse and soaking?

Trying to learn from reading all your posts, but have not seen this addressed. thanks,

When we get in, i just throw everything in the pool and let it soak for a couple of hours. Then I purge the regs a couple of times, operate the power inflator a few times. Then pull everything out and rinse it very, very thoroughly!! Drain all the water out of the BC, hang everything up to dry and stowe it away.

When you say whirlpool tub, do you mean like a chlorinated jacuzzi style tub? My only concern there would be the level of chlorine present, as that could cause premature fading, and possibly wear. It's probably fine to soak it in there as long as you rinse it off thoroughly afterwards... I would say that 2 days is probably overkill as well.

Here (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1448) is a thread that helped me out a lot!!

i would be careful about purging the regs without any pressure in them. that could cause water to get from the second stage into the hoses and maybe the 1st. check with you owners manual on the regs. mine say to soak but never press the pruge button without air pressure because this can cause water ( possible) to get into the hose and 1stage. i do let the reg soak for less than an hour with the cap in place and everything else gets a good soaking, but not in the pool its salt water too.

creggur
09-02-2007, 16:07
i would be careful about purging the regs without any pressure in them. that could cause water to get from the second stage into the hoses and maybe the 1st. check with you owners manual on the regs. mine say to soak but never press the pruge button without air pressure because this can cause water ( possible) to get into the hose and 1stage. i do let the reg soak for less than an hour with the cap in place and everything else gets a good soaking, but not in the pool its salt water too.

I put the whole rig in the pool, tank, bcd, and reg with the pressure on. That way things can soak, and I can purge the regs periodically, and operate the inflator button to make sure any salt/sediment gets out in the soak. Then rinse thoroughly with everthing still hooked up to the tank so that once again I can purge at will... Might be overkill, but it can't hurt anything...

scubasamurai
09-02-2007, 18:12
as long as the 2nd stage is pressurized your good. i drop my all system in as well, i just don't hit the purge button/

creggur
09-02-2007, 19:52
as long as the 2nd stage is pressurized your good. i drop my all system in as well, i just don't hit the purge button/

I guess my thinking behind it is if there is any salt or sediment or any other kind of gunk that gets loosened up while it's soaking the purge will blow it out..

CompuDude
09-04-2007, 19:36
i would be careful about purging the regs without any pressure in them. that could cause water to get from the second stage into the hoses and maybe the 1st. check with you owners manual on the regs. mine say to soak but never press the pruge button without air pressure because this can cause water ( possible) to get into the hose and 1stage. i do let the reg soak for less than an hour with the cap in place and everything else gets a good soaking, but not in the pool its salt water too.

I put the whole rig in the pool, tank, bcd, and reg with the pressure on. That way things can soak, and I can purge the regs periodically, and operate the inflator button to make sure any salt/sediment gets out in the soak. Then rinse thoroughly with everthing still hooked up to the tank so that once again I can purge at will... Might be overkill, but it can't hurt anything...
Is your pool chlorinated? Chlorine can be just as bad, if not worse, than salt water.

If not, however, and given that your rig is pressurized, there's nothing wrong with a good soak.

I rinse my dry/wetsuit and misc accessories (mask fins reels etc), including my bc (bp/w), which gets some water swished inside as well and hung to dry (excess water has to be purged the next morning).

I soak my camera housing and regs overnight. I find I can coil my regs in the bathroom sink in such a way that the first stage is kept with the opening just out of the water (much easier with DIN regs and good seal on the threaded Delrin cap), and leave them soaking overnight. In the morning, swish the regs around once or twice (not too hard, you don't want to purge them unpressurized!) to shake free any loosened salt deposits and hang to dry.

Easy peasy. :) My reg tech has told me my regs are in very good shape when I bring them in for service, so my methods seem to be working fine.



as long as the 2nd stage is pressurized your good. i drop my all system in as well, i just don't hit the purge button/

I guess my thinking behind it is if there is any salt or sediment or any other kind of gunk that gets loosened up while it's soaking the purge will blow it out..

As long as the regs are pressurized that's just fine. Won't hurt a thing. Be sure to swish plenty of water inside the second stage after purging, however, so that dislodged salt gets rinsed out of the reg.

jo8243
09-18-2007, 11:29
i would be careful about purging the regs without any pressure in them. that could cause water to get from the second stage into the hoses and maybe the 1st. check with you owners manual on the regs. mine say to soak but never press the pruge button without air pressure because this can cause water ( possible) to get into the hose and 1stage. i do let the reg soak for less than an hour with the cap in place and everything else gets a good soaking, but not in the pool its salt water too.

I put the whole rig in the pool, tank, bcd, and reg with the pressure on. That way things can soak, and I can purge the regs periodically, and operate the inflator button to make sure any salt/sediment gets out in the soak. Then rinse thoroughly with everthing still hooked up to the tank so that once again I can purge at will... Might be overkill, but it can't hurt anything...

Putting scuba gear into your pool is a good way to get an algae bloom in your pool if you've been in a quarry or other such place...

Also the chlorine in the pool is not good for gear.

jo8243
09-18-2007, 11:30
Soaking regs overnight and then rinsing them is what I'd recommend most of all after a salt-water dive.

Other than that, make sure your gear is dry before storing it.

jo8243
09-18-2007, 11:31
Oh and, I've never understood people who put their gear in those lockers many resorts have, then complain it stinks at the end of a week. Duh... gotta let it dry out nightly so funk can't grow on it.

loudgonzo
09-18-2007, 13:18
As long as the regs are pressurized that's just fine. Won't hurt a thing. Be sure to swish plenty of water inside the first stage after purging, however, so that dislodged salt gets rinsed out of the reg.

Swish water inside the 1st stage?

CompuDude
09-18-2007, 14:19
As long as the regs are pressurized that's just fine. Won't hurt a thing. Be sure to swish plenty of water inside the first stage after purging, however, so that dislodged salt gets rinsed out of the reg.

Swish water inside the 1st stage?

Whoops, good catch. 2nd stage.