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Fusion and p-valves -- How to handle the Lycra?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by TSandM, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    For those of you who are putting p-valves in your Fusions, what are you doing about the skin? Putting a hole in it or not? If so, how are you finishing or binding the edges of the hole?
     
  2. shoredivr

    shoredivr Solo Diver

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    It's lycra, right? How about looking at the existing seams on the skin and try and duplicate that binding chain stitch that's used on lycra garments around the edge of the hole, like making a buttonhole (requires sewing machine I'd think).

    Or, sewing an edge tape once you'd made the hole, and use elastic thread so the whole thing can still stretch.
     
  3. piikki

    piikki Solo Diver

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    I saw the Fusion at the BTS yesterday and was thinking of the same thing. Certainly looked a bit trickier. What about burning?

    P.S. Which P-valve are you thinking about?
     
  4. TSandM

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    As much as I hate to say it, I'm considering the Halcyon balanced.
     
  5. dsteding

    dsteding DIR Practitioner

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    Lynne,

    I cut a small hole in it when positioning my p-valve. I intended to clean it up with a soldering iron, but haven't done so. Works fine.

    No need for the H balanced, get a salvo balanced and be done with it. Matt and Dan have experience installing on the Fusion at this point.

    She-P, huh?
     
  6. LG Diver

    LG Diver DIR Practitioner

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    Hi Lynne,

    I put a H balanced valve on my Fusion, and I haven't cut a hole in the skin at all yet. I was debating the best way to finish the hole, but I discovered that I can easily open/close the valve through the skin, and may just leave it as-is.
     
  7. Rainer

    Rainer DIR Practitioner

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    Hate to say it, but the H is nicer than the Salvo.
     
  8. dsteding

    dsteding DIR Practitioner

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    Yeah but, twice the price and I have many many dives on the Salvo with no issues . . .
     
  9. LG Diver

    LG Diver DIR Practitioner

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    I don't doubt that the Salvo works nicely, but especially with the tight skin of the Fusion making donning a little trickier, not having the extra hose and balance valve is a big plus for the H valve to me.
     
  10. Skyjunky

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    I have the Halcyon balanced but haven't poked a hole in my suit yet.
     

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