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    modifying regulator

    I want to remove the t-vent on the exhaust on my regulator attached to my pony bottle. probably not the technical name for it but i think you know what i am referring to.

    by removing it I can get the regulator to lay much tighter next to the valve instead of sticking out which has always bugged me.

    are there any good reasons not to remove?

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    The exhaust vent (?) helps deflect the ehaled gas away from your face. It is also helps protect your exhaust valve from sand, fish, sticks, kelp, etc. personally, I would keep it in place, expecially when you consider that your pony is your last means of a safe exit in a crisis. If I am presuming what you use it for correctly.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    1 good reason.... death... that discouraged me from attempting to modify my own reg.

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    death is always a compelling argument.

    the reg that i am using has only one small screw holding the exhaust t on to the body of the regulator so it's not like it's a major modification but i guess i will reinstall it since the consensus is death

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    I wouldn't remove it mainly for the reason Navy gave of it protecting the exhaust valve. If something damages that valve, you have a reg full of water.....and there's the death thing, too.

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    Some brands, such as Sherwood have both large and small exhaust deflectors.

    If it has a screw holding it on, I bet that there is a smaller exhaust deflector available for it.
    "Time's fun when you're having flies." -Kermit the Frog

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    You are correct in that most manufactures call it a Tvent or T exhaust. It also covers a one way valve that lets air in, but doesnt let wate in when you inhale. So it is vital to keep it in place to avoid damaging that valve. Check with your store and see if the manufacturer makes an alternate valve. I know the Sherwood ones are pretty wide, and they make an alternate vent if you like a lower profile.

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    wow largo. we were both thinking the same thing. I just had the window open too long.

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    I have had the exhaust valve get clogged with debris before and it does allow a prteey good amount of water to enter the second stage. Without the exhaust T it can be cleaned out very simply but I would imagine it could become fouled easier. If your exhaust valve ever becomes clogged with debris that would allow water in you can seal both end of the exhaust T with your hands when you inhale and open one side when you exhale to allow air to vent. It is a primitive form of regulator CPR to keep it going until you can fix the problem.

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