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Maintenance after 1st Dive Trip with New Gear

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by Rob9876, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. Rob9876

    Rob9876 Barracuda

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    Just got back yesterday from our first dive trip with our own BCDs and Regs in the Caribbean. I know the dive op rinsed out our equipment every day and after our last dive (I did see them rinsing them with a hose). It will probably be a couple of months before we dive again. My question: what maintenance would you do? Just go with the dive op rinse, soak in my own tub, etc., etc.?
     
  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Rinsing it with a houes from the outside is nice but it does not get rid of all the salt built up inside the BCD.

    I just take a hose and fill the BCD with water through the inflator hose, shake it around to make sure the water gets everywhere and than flush it out.

    Regs make sure you move the hose protectors and rinse them because salt will also build up under them and most people i know forget about that part.
    Also soaking the reg would be good every once in a while (Dust cap on!)
     
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  4. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

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    Dive the ocean, and then go up to cave country to clean your gear. :cheers:
     
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  5. TGIF

    TGIF Wonderful

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    Agreed! I use one of the black and yellow bins that you can get from Costco or Home Depot. I add warm water, BCD shampoo, and Lemon Grenaide (Seasoft Pro BC Vests) to the water and mix. I then soak everything for a good 20-30 minutes to allow the salt crystals time to dissolve. I dump out this water, refill to rinse and then hang dry for longer than you would expect. I wash wetsuits inside out, and dry both inside and out. Storing wet or damp gear is really bad for it. I also second
     
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  6. Diver below 83

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    What’s the smallest tank you’d recommend?
     
  7. tbone1004

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    AL40 since it is useful for other things, but if you're going to do it in a bathtub, used AL80's or LP72's are cheap enough.
     
  8. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    So get a 40 and build it out as say a pony bottle but use it as a cleaning bottle for regs as well type deal?
     
  9. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My pool is unchlorinated so I usually swim my gear around in that. I also use my pony for the reg as tbone mentioned...
     
  10. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    correct, there should be enough used tanks on craigslist/facebook marketplace in your area that the cost will be quite small
     

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