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robjoubert
02-10-2008, 15:50
Hi all,

I did a search on all the ST forums but got no hits on my title :smiley13:

SO - what is the best way you have come up with to allow your soft weights to dry after rinsing them in fresh water?

fireflock
02-10-2008, 15:57
Toss them in the corner :smiley5:

Seriously...I don't do anything special. At most I might spread them out a bit and flip them once.

It's hard to do much damage to them.

Rich

KGNickl
02-10-2008, 16:24
If your at a hotel put them in front of the AC/Heat blower. If you at home spread them out and put a portable fan toward them. Otherwise I would put a towel down and spread them out. It really does not matter though what you do.

ReefHound
02-10-2008, 18:25
I drape them over the edge of something, like the top of a fence or a wire storage rack. Then flip them the next day. It's not one of my biggest concerns.

mitchy
02-10-2008, 19:25
I flip mine every half hour or so as they seem to dry faster, but other than that not much to it.

Goober
02-10-2008, 19:48
I can't stand for my wetsuit or BC and booties to sour. After a good soak and wash in the tub, I always roll my wetsuit up tight in a towel, unroll it and place it in front of a box fan. In addition my booties, BC and weights are right there on towels too. I rinse my weights in the sink seperatly though.

johnyringo
02-10-2008, 22:12
I give 'em a good rinse...sometimes, then I throw 'em on the garage floor. This advanced technique has worked for years.

texdiveguy
02-10-2008, 22:49
I just simply leave them laying on the back deck of my station wagon...dry in a day.

Capt Hook
02-10-2008, 22:55
Just lay them on the patio, dry in no time.

TravisD
02-11-2008, 13:58
Garage floor, or in the back of the SUV. Summer temps and a closed vehicle dries 'em quickly. Or, tossed into the clothes hamper in the garage that we use to corral misc. things like fins.

DUnder
02-11-2008, 14:19
I rinse them well and leave them to dry on the garage floor. Does not take them long to dry, I wish my wet suit would dry as fast as them.

MSilvia
02-11-2008, 14:29
If you don't want to subject your gear to the aforementioned ghetto drying procedures, I'll build you an electric soft weight dessicator for $400.

Personally, the idea of my gear getting dry makes me uncomfortable. I'm much more interested in how to keep everything wet.

SkuaSeptember
02-11-2008, 16:33
My weights stay in a bucket in my van year round and rarely dry between dives. Your more likely to suffer UV damage to the pouches by drying them than to have any negative effects from them being wet.

robjoubert
02-11-2008, 17:26
My weights stay in a bucket in my van year round and rarely dry between dives. Your more likely to suffer UV damage to the pouches by drying them than to have any negative effects from them being wet.

You don't have mildew or mold issues if the weights stay wet all the time?

CompuDude
02-11-2008, 17:39
Leaving them on the store shelf and using fast-drying hard weights instead has always served me well. ;)

SkuaSeptember
02-11-2008, 17:49
My weights stay in a bucket in my van year round and rarely dry between dives. Your more likely to suffer UV damage to the pouches by drying them than to have any negative effects from them being wet.

You don't have mildew or mold issues if the weights stay wet all the time?
Not that I've noticed, and I've been using the same weights for about a dozen years.

scubasamurai
02-11-2008, 20:27
after a good soaking i just let them dry out in the back with the rest of the gear, as a side not if i am out there i usually give them turn!!!! but nothing special!

tc_rain
02-11-2008, 21:35
A lesson I learned was not to let the soft weight dry on a colored fin since it will stain it

Ohio_diver16
02-13-2008, 21:05
I've found an uber good way to get these things dry. See, my neice talks... A LOT! Heh, but seriously, I've always just tossed 'em out on the front porch (covered and secured; the porch, not the weights) usually they dry out in a couple hours.

UCFKnightDiver
02-14-2008, 01:21
seriously do you need to dry em out its lead for gosh sakes you cant do anything to it can you?

tedwhiteva
02-14-2008, 06:20
Leaving them on the store shelf and using fast-drying hard weights instead has always served me well. ;)
Me too:smilie39:

pyre24
02-18-2008, 13:33
Hair dryer even. or lay on heater vent in floor like the boots.

cmburch
02-25-2008, 00:54
I use what looks like a short 5 gallon bucket that I toss my weight belt, booties, dirty sandy gear, ab iron, anchor, caliper, stringer, etc. After soaking and rinsing everything with fresh water, I drape the weight belt over the upside down bucket to dry. I use the bucket to carry the same gear that can get dirty or sandy when diving.

cummings66
02-25-2008, 08:49
I use hard weights, but my buddies using softweights just ignore them. They don't do anything to speed the drying up and to date they don't smell.

jeepbrew
02-28-2008, 13:45
I throw mine on the sidewalk and let them dry in the sun for a day... then flip them over the next day... then put them in the garage after day 2.

DRNightdiver
02-28-2008, 14:00
I just toss them in the clothes dryer for 5 minutes or so.......AH just kidding, I just toss them in a bucket in the garage. They're dry just in time for me to get them wet again.

UCFKnightDiver
02-28-2008, 15:53
seriously do you really need to dry them because I dont dry mine?

rfb3
02-28-2008, 16:25
I just lay them flat on the floor. Also use "Sink the Stink" if stuff starts to smell. Works great!

MicahEW
02-28-2008, 16:40
seriously do you really need to dry them because I dont dry mine?

really, they are metal I dont think they would sour or mold.

CompuDude
02-28-2008, 17:31
seriously do you really need to dry them because I dont dry mine?

really, they are metal I dont think they would sour or mold.

Some parts of the country, anything wet will mold/mildew.

cummings66
02-28-2008, 18:15
It would depend on the water you dive in. There is water I've been in that I'm positive a stench would be on it in no time flat if it didn't get dried out.

In other waters it doesn't matter at all. I don't think it's a big deal at most dive spots I've seen though, only a few cruddy beaches.