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What the heck happened to my bolt snap?

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Brandon, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Brandon

    Brandon Team Zissou Intern ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I've had this (stainless) bolt snap on my primary regulator for almost two years now. I sent my reg off for service and it came back looking like this:

    boltsnap.jpg

    Now it wasn't gorgeous before I sent it, it had plenty of corrosion on it (the dull gray kind) and I was just about ready to cut it off and replace it. But curious what may have caused the black oxidation...

    I'm thinking it was liberally soaked in a cleaning agent of some sort, and the cheap metal on the bolt snap didn't hold up to it...

    Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  2. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    Is that one of them Home Depot models? :D And I think your guess is as likely as any.
     
  3. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    Brass is class
    for freshwater dives
    but in salt water
    only stainless survives

    That doesn't really have anything to do with your thread, but I just thought it up and wanted to share it

    My guess would be the same as yours, cleaning agent
     
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  4. Brandon

    Brandon Team Zissou Intern ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not from Home Depot, but not sure exactly where I picked up that one either. I have a lot of bolt snaps... I noticed last year that some I picked up from the dive shop have not been wearing very well at all; this could be one of them.
     
  5. jar546

    jar546 Instructor, Scuba

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    Looks like the technician put your bolt snap in the ultrasonic cleaner and it also looks like it is not 100% stainless
     
  6. Fishpie

    Fishpie Instructor, Scuba

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    Mud&Rox Solo Diver

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  8. herman

    herman Divemaster

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    That's an old diving wifes tale, pretty much all I use is brass. Rinse it with the rest of the gear and a little wd-40 in the springs once in a while and they work fine. I don't recall ever changing one due to corrosion.

    As to the one in the photos that is some kind of reaction to a cleaning agent....my question is if it was attached to your hoses (guessing) why were the hoses in a cleaning agent in the first place.
     
  9. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Are you sure it wasn't nickle-plated brass? It looks like they put it in an ultrasonic cleaner with a mild acid for corrosion removal.
     
  10. jar546

    jar546 Instructor, Scuba

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    That is what it looks like to me. This looks like the result of being in the ultrasonic cleaner a tad too long. Depends what was in the ultrasonic cleaner and how long it was in there, temp, etc,
     

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