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    spool or small reel -> small SMB (personal...

    spool or small reel -> small SMB (personal preference - both pros and cons there listed above)

    reel -> if bigger SMB (especially if shooting from depth , 200 feet or more) - weight of reel helps...
  2. all the reasons listen above are valid - but...

    all the reasons listen above are valid - but currently in today's market its
    a) type of ss - 304, 316 etc -> i am actually ok with it 304 if it is much cheaper. I had used both before, and dont...
  3. Thread: Digital Compass

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    does a digital compass actually works - how...

    does a digital compass actually works - how accurate is it ? trying to figure out is this something excessive
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    good qus - and has been debated all round. ...

    good qus - and has been debated all round.

    practically - i dont think it matters (assuming the dives are rather un compliacted, not too deep, not stressful etc)

    theoretically - PADI etc covers...
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    Ah yes, always the question of what to use during...

    Ah yes, always the question of what to use during teaching - bp/wing vs stab jacket ?

    i normally don a stab jacket and cover the lessons. If there is extra time (and now the issue of cost to the...
  6. Thread: Egypt 2013

    by mickey
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    you mean june (or jan - since the post was in...

    you mean june (or jan - since the post was in Feb). June is hot hot hot - and there may be sandstorms in Cario (so might want to plan for 2 days instead of 1).

    luxor is nice. Cario, the usuals...
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    If i am not wrong, no manufacturer warranties...

    If i am not wrong, no manufacturer warranties against the part that you had broken. The part itself is (kinda) of weak in terms of mechanical properties. In the last few years, most of the...
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    i believe you are talking about the threaded...

    i believe you are talking about the threaded (whitish) valve ? it is the same at both the inflator (shoulder location) and the dump valve (butt location). Unfortunately , yes - that part is not...
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    1) 3 main types of backplate - stainless steel...

    1) 3 main types of backplate - stainless steel (ss) , aluminium (al) , plastic and its likes (ABS etc)
    stay away from the plastics - it is (supposedly) "weaker" than the metal-types , and does not...
  10. Thread: Egypt 2013

    by mickey
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    i just got back from Red sea in dec. In general,...

    i just got back from Red sea in dec. In general, the unrest is contained within the main areas of Cario. The rest of egypt is heavily dependent on the tourist dollar so its relative safe.

    For...
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    apeks - dry seal. very easy to service and...

    apeks - dry seal. very easy to service and breaths great.

    i have heard DR and Hollis regs are not bad as well. SP are good, but servicing is a bit tricker.
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    what you need plate 1) ss plate if dive...

    what you need

    plate
    1) ss plate if dive mainly dry , or if you needs lots of weights for diving (the latter may be a greater issue)
    2) al plate if doubles 80, with stages or diving mainly wet...
  13. Thread: Kinda going DIR

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    crotch strap is good for 2 things - prevents the...

    crotch strap is good for 2 things - prevents the gear from "riding" up. 2nd, it can be used to clip things off for a short period of time.

    As for floating lower - sometimes it depends on the wing...
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