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can you fill your own tanks?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by goldhunter_2, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. captain

    captain Captain

    The main advantage to having a compressor is convenience. I have been filling my own tanks for the past 30 years with the same compressor. The compressor is gas powered so I can run it anyware, anytime including on a boat.
    Not all filter systems are expensive to maintain. Mine uses activated charcoal and all I do is replace the charcoal in rhe filter housing about once a year for less than 20 bucks. I use Anderol
    500 oil. It has a verv high flash point so the chances of CO from the oil is remote. The main cause of CO would be the compressor sucking up CO from the gas engine exhaust.

    As a side benefit I don't have to put up with the LDS yearly visual inspection racket.

  2. Genesis

    Genesis Great White

    I like being able to get in from diving, clean up the boat, piddle around the house, and fill tanks for tomorrow's diving.

    Impossible with buying gas - they're closed when I want the fills!
  3. goldhunter_2

    goldhunter_2 Angel Fish

    all the above seems lot very good info and a great response:) I am not completely stuiped (no matter what my X says) I know I can't use a "garage compresor" to fill tanks with. I have three compresors and forgive me but there still packed away in Ga and I don't remeber name brands or exact pressures one is a large "garage type" , one is a small Hp elec , one is a Large two cyl air steel air tank with elec motor. The small one I can run 3 guns and runs off small generator the larger one I run three guns 16 penny nails but requires a 8000watt gen. I have had the large one for who nows how many years and never put a drop of oil in it (its proablly older then I am) and the small one I never added any oil in the last two-three years The Garage one I add oil Regular

    maybe I will have all that down here in a few weeks and will write down all the specs and re-ask this
  4. GQMedic

    GQMedic NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoCal. (Yeah, baybee)
    Noooooooooooooooooooo, don't do that! *falls over* If you MUST do your own fills, just shell out the nearly 3k for a compressor MEANT to do the job... Anything else would be scary. sell the other compressors, buy a new one just for air cylinder fills.

    C'mon, you know you wanna, whip out the gold card, can't ya hear that KAAAA-CHING sound?

  5. BartBe

    BartBe Nassau Grouper

    Hi all...

    As i'm only starting my OW next week I don't know F-All yet...:)

    How much do you pay (avarage) for a normal airfill... ?
    and can u allways trust a DS fill ?

  6. ppilot

    ppilot Nassau Grouper

    I've been wanting to ask how much people pay for air too. It's $10 by me, seems a little high.
  7. GQMedic

    GQMedic NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoCal. (Yeah, baybee)
    I spend about $4.00 for air. (When I use AIR)

    And no, I don't "TRUST" a fill from ANY dive shop per se (nothing against any shop, the responcibility to insure I have reliable gas to breathe is mine), that's why I smell and taste my breathing gas before diving.

  8. GQMedic

    GQMedic NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoCal. (Yeah, baybee)
    10 bux for air?

    That's NUTS! Do they toss lunch in with that? I pay 8 bucks for nitrox fills and I complain about THAT!. Who ever's charging you 10 bux for an AIR fill, well, show them your rear end and walk right out of that place and find a shop that's not trying to (saying this nicely) "bone" you for all they can. "A little high" is a GROSS understatement.

  9. ABQdiver

    ABQdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
    charges $4 for a air fill if you walk off the street. They also sell cards for 10 fills at $30, a little better bargin.
  10. Tropics Diver

    Tropics Diver Angel Fish

    What does carbon monoxide smell and taste like?
    mbgbtb likes this.

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