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Long Island Diver
02-01-2010, 07:08
I have two AL80's that need hydros before the weather gets nice enough to dive. All the LDS's by me want $45 or more to do the test, and by looking around on the forum I can already tell that that's a rip off. The thing is, they don't do the testing on premises - they ship them out to be done elsewhere, so the majority of that cost is probably the shipping to get the tank from Point A to Point B and back again. I live in New York, on Long Island, about an hour from New York City. I was wondering if anyone knew of any places in this vicinity that do the hydro themselves so I don't have to go "through the middle man" as they say. Any help is greatly appreciated. :)

skdvr
02-01-2010, 08:22
Check this (http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA/menuitem.ebdc7a8a7e39f2e55cf2031050248a0c/?vgnextoid=18dee6285188e110VgnVCM1000001ecb7898RCR D&vgnextchannel=90892f5484d87110VgnVCM1000009ed07898 RCRD&vgnextfmt=print) out...

Phil

UCFKnightDiver
02-01-2010, 09:51
Looks like theres a couple in Long Island, call them and ask them if they hydro scuba tanks, as I understand it they need to have a special threading attachment so... they may be unable to do it.

Scuba Pete
02-01-2010, 10:11
That $45 probably includes a visual inspection and an air fill. I also did this same process a few months ago and found out that if i where to haul the tanks around i would save like $2. I would rather the dive shop deal with it. If you can do the visual yourself then that saves you some money. Look into the local fire extinguisher places they usually do the hydros for the dive shops.

UCFKnightDiver
02-01-2010, 10:19
mmm IDK the places around me (actual hydro facility) charge 5-10 per tank add a 10-15 dollar vip and a 5 or so dollar air fill thats only 20-30 dollars not 45

Scuba Pete
02-01-2010, 12:37
My hyrdo place was going to charge me 14 plus i need a visual 10 and a fill another 4 so $28 Total the shop charges me 38 and i dont have to cart around my tanks from one place to another.

emclean
02-01-2010, 15:35
Check this (http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA/menuitem.ebdc7a8a7e39f2e55cf2031050248a0c/?vgnextoid=18dee6285188e110VgnVCM1000001ecb7898RCR D&vgnextchannel=90892f5484d87110VgnVCM1000009ed07898 RCRD&vgnextfmt=print) out...

Phil
thank you, this should save me some money. my LDS wants $70 for a hydro...

skdvr
02-01-2010, 15:39
Check this (http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA/menuitem.ebdc7a8a7e39f2e55cf2031050248a0c/?vgnextoid=18dee6285188e110VgnVCM1000001ecb7898RCR D&vgnextchannel=90892f5484d87110VgnVCM1000009ed07898 RCRD&vgnextfmt=print) out...

Phil
thank you, this should save me some money. my LDS wants $70 for a hydro...

Wow,

That is pretty crazy...

The only thing about taking it someplace that may not do scuba cylinders very often is to make sure that they understand the procedures for Plus rating if you have LP Steel tanks...

Phil

Long Island Diver
02-01-2010, 18:03
Wow.

I thought $45 was bad, but $70?!? That's just ridiculous. Where do you live??

I'll probably call up some of the places in the link and see if I can get a decent price on a hydro. Thank you, Phil for the link.

skdvr
02-01-2010, 18:55
Thank you, Phil for the link.

No Problem...

Phil

jeffgerritsen
02-02-2010, 14:49
The LDS around Portland OR and Vancouver WA charge $40 to $45 to hydro tanks - then 20 for VIP on top of that. I did a little searching and found out the local testing facility (which happened to be within four miles of where I live) and took the tanks directly to the cylinder shop. Hydro charge $20. Makes finding tanks on Craigs list nice a nice feature because if an older tank is out of hydro (they usually discount the tank about $40 for the needed hydro) - no problem and I save a few dollars too boot.

acamato
02-03-2010, 15:22
Try Kenmar, I have had tanks done by them in the past.

Ken-Mar Fire Extinguisher Company, Inc. - East Northport, NY - Home (http://www.kenmarfire.com/)