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Help please. BC Repair

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Dzydvl33, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Dzydvl33

    Dzydvl33 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Looks like the bladder on my Oceanic excursion got pinched on the dive boat last weekend. I now have 2 leaks in the bladder, dead center bottom 1 front, 1 back. See attached picture.
    What is the best way to fix this at home? Or will this need to head to the shop?

    Thanks for your help.

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  2. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Aquaseal® . . .
     
  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    I will NOT trust any patched bladder in any dive outside the swimming pool.
     
  4. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Oh, please . . .

    I punctured MINE, badly, on some idiot's treble hook; and it's just been FINE, these last few years -- over at least a thousand dives, under all conditions.

    It becomes a matter of competent repair; that's all.

    I can only assume that you're in a fine, retail position to supply him or her with a several hundred dollar, glorified plastic bag, as a replacement?
     
  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Hahahahah, sure.

    "several hundred dollars" for a bladder??? Where do you live?
     
  6. Dzydvl33

    Dzydvl33 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Seeing that these are pin holes and I dive "properly weighted" I think I'll be ok.

    Unfortunately, with the way this bc is made, only choices are to repair or toss the whole thing. I won't make that mistake again.
     
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  7. uncfnp

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  8. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    OK, a couple of hundred dollars for a Hollis inner bladder, a C60 -- you caught me; you're so good:

    Hollis Replacement Inner Bladders of All Sizes
     
  9. Dzydvl33

    Dzydvl33 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I should add a little more info on the bladder. It is "made with Patented Bioflex material can stretch while remaining airtight" it feels like nylon fabric on the outside with a rubber type stretchy stuff bonded to the inside. There is no access to the inside except through the hip and shoulder dump ports. So whatever I end up doing it will be external.
     
  10. Ghost95

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    +1 on Aquaseal
     
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