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How to get boot off of gauges?

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by MrVegas, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
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  2. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    How do you expect anyone to be able to give you the proper advice if you didn't include a picture(s) of the console you are talking about?
  3. MrVegas

    MrVegas Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    You're right, of course, I should have posted a picture; however, the boot is in the garbage now, and I'm just figuring out whether I can get the spg to work.

    All of the posts here have been great, though, and very helpful, and I do really appreciate people taking the time. I'll post a picture of the gauge after I take it off the hose in the next few days.
  4. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    I would recommend really hot water, but not sure I (personally) would stick my gauges in water that was boiling. The heat could cause problems with any plastic in the gauges such as the compass. A few minutes soak in 80c (176f) to 90c (194f) water should work as well. The higher the temp the more potential for damage.

    It should also be known that some gauges, such as depth meters are oil-filled with a diaphragm for the back of the gauge. Care must be taken when removing/replacing these as the diaphragm can be easily torn...you will know because the oil will leak out (don't ask how I know).

  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I haven't used hot water on a console. Hot water does work great installing SP 109 exhaust tees on the 2nd stage.
  6. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    A hair dryer works pretty well for removing/installing hard rubber components too.

    BTW The swivel spool is one area where "the bigger the glob, the better the job" holds true. "Pack" that area with grease to keep the water and silt out. Unless high concentrations of O2 (>40%) will be used, silicone grease is a better choice for this application.
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