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BPW care: bolts, nuts, steel on steel care

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by DANDM, May 2, 2020.

  1. diver42

    diver42 DIR Practitioner

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    I didn’t mean any offense. I can tell you that the nylon screws on cave reels so commonly swelled after a short time under water that we quit using them.

    Maybe your nylon is different than mine.
     
  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Contributor

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    One could also use a threadlocker like blue loctite in addition to the flat washers.
     
  3. diver42

    diver42 DIR Practitioner

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    You could, but don’t you want to disconnect everything to rinse it? I usually give the BP a quick rinse and the wing a good rinse, inside and out, then leave it full of air to dry.
    My harness might last a little longer if I were more careful with the BP. But they last so long anyway.
     
  4. TuckerIdaho

    TuckerIdaho Contributor

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    Nylon 6/6 takes approx 15 days to absorb enough water to expand 1%. There are different grades of nylon/plastics.

    PTFE/HDPE/UHMW on the other hand absorb no water. Or you just use nylon with clearance like the DGX BP/W nylon bolts.
     
  5. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I just rinse my gear, and disassemble it for drying/storage. I switch between a few plates based on weighting needs (steel, alu, plastic). So far, I have only seen the tiniest discoloration on a few of the washers. Most of my gear is only about 5 years old so maybe once it gets some real age on it I'll have to deal with corrosion.
     
  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Contributor

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    Once I get a set of doubles set up, I keep them together till I need to take them apart. Just clean it as a unit. I don’t mind the bulk and weight.
     
  7. diver42

    diver42 DIR Practitioner

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    By the way, I generally don’t rinse the gear if it’s been only in the aquifer.
     
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