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House insulation all over Regs

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Bigeclipse, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

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    honestly no idea. We purchased the house 2 years ago. The house is old! This was in our garage, which is newer than the house but still old (70s/80s?) The insulation is yellow and pink in color. Two different kinds is my guess).
     
  2. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

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    Not sure...
     
  3. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

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    Do you service aqualung legend regs? Unfortunately I do not trust my shop to do everything you just mentioned.
     
  4. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    Typically the yellow or pink fluffy stuff are fiberglass. Different manufacturers use different colors. Mice like to use it for nesting.

    Rinsing with water should remove the fiberglass. Thoroughly wash them with soapy water and use a sanitizer, like Steramine, the remove rodent urine and droppings and kill any bacteria. Mice like to chew on things, it should be fairly apparent with a visual inspection if any damage was done to the regs. Dont forget to run your hand along the hoses to feel for any damage.
     
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  5. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    Pink fiberglass is a copywright of Owens Corning. But you have fiberglass insulation. It is glass, it will not dissolve in water. Rinsing it is no guarantee you got it all out. If a fiber is wrapped around something, it will stay.

    The stuff that has a chance of washing off is cellulous insulation (shreaded newspaper treated with Boric acid). That is just paper fiber and will go to mush when wet.

    Second stage really needs a full rebuild to get everything out and inspect parts for damage. No "just rinse it off" will tell you what those little teeth did inside nor will it be sure that you are not inhaling fiberglass strands. As nasty as fiberglass is on the skin I don't want it in my lungs.
     
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm wondering if home insurance will replace your regs? I know that I would never be able to dive them again myself. Even if I could convince myself that the mouse stuff was cleaned out and gone, I'd never be able to convince myself that all the fibreglass was gone. Have you ever felt that stuff on your bare skin? I'm sorry dude. Expensive lesson.
     
  7. Brian G

    Brian G Barracuda

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    Interesting array of responses here. I would add that aquatic organisms excrete bodily wastes into the water you dive in 24 hours a day. I'm not sure that mice are that special as to require complete disassembly and service of the regulator. I would wash and rinse, do a function check, then dive as normal.
     
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  8. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

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    The seconds would get taken apart and a trip through the ultrasonic cleaner with Crystal Simple Green, rinsed, and reassembled if they were mine. I'll have to look into Steramine, though, which I'd never heard of before today.
     
  9. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    I am more worried about what was chewed on. Mice chew on anything soft. Exhaust valves, diaphragms, soft stuff. The chewing may not have failed the part, but severely compromise it. Don't know what those little devils have done until it is inspected.
     
  10. KentB

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    Substantially more diluted and broken down than straight pure rat/mice piss/****.
    Rats/mice are filthy dirty little animals.

    I love to swim /surf/lake/ocean I don’t think I’d knowingly jump into rodent piss/crap

    But that’s just me I don’t want to touch it or rub it in my face let alone inhale it. $100-150 to service sounds like a fantastic deal to me.
     

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