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Examples, Stories, Anecdotes of Tank Valve Failures. (Side Topic H-Valve Single Tank Diving)

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by CuzzA, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And all this is one of the big reasons I moved to sidemount.
     
  2. Doby45

    Doby45 Do I have something in my teeth?

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  3. RyanT

    RyanT Solo Diver

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    If you're thinking about this path, why not doubles or side mount?
     
  4. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

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    I guess I’d start with asking if there’s enough volume in a single tank to provide enough gas for the dive plus reserve.

    al80s hold roughly the same as a juiced up lp120.

    so I guess if your talking about using an lp120 filled to 3600psi then it’s maybe ok.

    I think it’s a one-trick pony though. Personally, I’d rather take al80 doubles and keep it consistent.
     
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  5. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    I am somewhat skeptical that you will be able to identify the side of the leak/failure from simply sound. It seems that the ability to respond quickly and accurately in the shut off procedure is critical to the goal of successfully preserving enough gas to ascend.

    Perhaps a more realistic protocol would be to open the waist strap and chest strap and plan to flip the tank over your head immediately so you can see where the failure is? That is a question not something I have ever done.

    Perhaps another procedure might be to just shut one side down blindly, and wait 10 seconds to see if that resolves the problem. It should work half the time? but then you need to open a valve and close one. I'm curious to hear what best pratice is on this type of gear - it seems important to me. Plus, the H-valve set up is going to INCREASE (double) your chance of regulator failure, so this has to be considered in the over all decision.

    Obviously if the failure is a second stage freeflow etc., then there should be very little ambiguity as to which side to shut down, if you know your gear set up.
     
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  6. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

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    It’s actually pretty easy to figure out what side the leak is on. In all but the tiniest of leaks you can tell. Super easy to identify IP-caused leaks, too.

    Woe unto thee who tries to flip his tanks over his head wearing a drysuit. Or multiple bottles. Or a scooter.
     
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  7. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    I dont get the impression the op is using a scooter or dry suit, but if you say you can tell which side on an h-valve - then I have to believe you since I have never has that situation. The regulators are 3 inches apart... you can tell instantly by the sound on the first stages?
     
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  8. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Spearfishing would eliminate side mount and manifolded doubles aren't practical on small private boats, IMO. It could certainly be done, but would be a real PITA, especially in anything but flat calm seas.
     
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  9. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Right, no drysuit or scooter.

    I think you make a good point about identifying the offending reg from a catastrophic loss of gas with an H valve. Perhaps a more practical approach would be just dive a single jacked up steel and tank mount AL 40's on either side. One being the redundant bottom gas and the other being deco gas. Of course gas planning will need to be done right to make sure you have the gas to complete the dive considering all of the different types of gas failures.

    I found this photo from SpearBoard. The removable 40's seem to makes this a much more practical setup for small vessels.

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  10. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    Well that rig looks to require 4 independent regulators - all back mounted. I guess your idea would be to drop the H-valve aspect?
     

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