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Any tips for removing a stuck Hollis Reg Cover?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by CuzzA, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    A picture and all that...

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  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    OK, I have one possible solution, but before I go to it, I am going to try another.

    I talked with the manager of a major Hollis dealer, and I asked him about this problem. He said that they have learned that pretty much nothing will work--once the 212 is frozen, it is frozen. When they encounter the problem, they now simply break the cover, discard it, and put on a new one.

    I asked him about drilling two holes and using a spanner. He thought I might as well give it a shot before going the route of breaking the faceplate.
     
  3. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

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    The hammer solution ...
     
  4. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I understand that Hollis will be adding a hammer to the list of tools needed for regulator servicing.
     
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  5. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    SUCCESS!

    I drilled two small holes opposite each other on the top edge of the face plate, right next to the metal ring. The holes were not deep--no need to go all the way through. Then I used an adjustable face spanner, inserting the prongs into the two holes. It opened easily.

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  6. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    John, where did you get that spanner from? Glad to hear it worked out. Would you consider lubing the threads for the future?

    Despite the freezing face plate, I must say the 212's do breathe great.
     
  7. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

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    For the lower tec techs among us: a pin spanner can be quite easily made with a couple nails, a Hollis approved hammer :wink:, and a chunk of wood. Otherwise they are cheap off ebay or can be found in a bicycle repair shop.

    ... Love the solution with the pin spanner. A tec guru I know down south also applies the hammer directly as your original post suggests.
     
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  8. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Adding pin before spanner makes all the difference. Thanks.
     
  9. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    They can be purchased for a very low price from a number of outlets. I used one at a shop where I have an association, and I ordered one of my own today. You need one to open a number of models of first stages anyway.
     
  10. walucas

    walucas Angel Fish

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    Can't believe it, dishwashing glove solved my stuck after 2 years trying to open it!
     

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