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Changing over drysuit inflator and exhaust valves

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Chris Richardson, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Chris Richardson

    Chris Richardson Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Reading, UK
    How difficult is it to change over the inflator valve and exhaust valves from one drysuit to another? Are they only interchangeable if they from the same manufacturer, same style, etc? Can it be done at home or need it be taken to a dive shop to have done professionally, be tested, etc? Cheers
  2. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
    I have not done this a lot, you understand, but I have so far found them all to be compatible. There are tools that can help when they are really tight. The tools will do you no good at all if they have been substantially overtightened, in which case you will damage or destroy the one you remove. Testing consists of a few soda bottles in the sleeves and neck (or a small beach ball if your neck is as thick as mine is), blowing up the suit with the inflator, and checking with soapy water. No big deal.
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  3. Valyngar

    Valyngar Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    Really easy, no need for even any tools. Just like opening bottle. Just screwing with hands. You have test suit also by just wearing it and inflating it to max.
  4. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    I think the si-tech exhaust valve needs a small flat-head screwdriver in slot to open, but its been a long time since I needed to fiddle with one.

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