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Pee valves: "Up and Over" or "Down and Under/Through"?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by ATJ, May 27, 2018.

  1. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    Up and over, but the hose is long enough that the angle of the dangle could be anything you wanted it to be. Perhaps the problem is that the hose attaching to your condom is too short already?
  2. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    Make sure the holes are low enough.The loop in the hose allows them to be beneath the valve if necessary and makes don/doff easier.
  3. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    Here's what I figured out re donning with lowered holes in under garment;

    1. I remove the plastic condom/hose connector from the hose.

    2. With condom in left hand (still rolled up) and connector in right hand, I spit on the hose-side of the connector and push it through the nipple of the condom (from the inside) then put on the condom/connector combination.

    3. Put on under garment (or under garment and drysuit), use plastic connecter to find and push through hole(s), then plug connector into hose.
  4. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
    I used to ask Mrs Stoo to help me "install" the catheter, but we kept missing the boat... :acclaim:

    Up and over for me.

    And ya, removing the damn thing at the end of the day is something that masochists alone would enjoy.
    Nomad-Diver and Lorenzoid like this.
  5. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    I use an eydropper full of 50% or more alchohol and inject under the condom to dissolve the glue. Leaves me "feeling minty fresh, un-scarred, and ready to take on the world."
    Schwob and Stoo like this.
  6. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
  7. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Illinois
    Oh, man, a few more posts like that and even I (chicken in that regard) might be encouraged enough to dare to try that yet unused valve on my suit...
  8. ATJ

    ATJ Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I've done 15 or so dives since I asked the question and I thought I'd report back.

    I'm still doing "up and over" and it's working fine for me. I'm sure "down and trough" would be better but I haven't got around to sourcing tubing locally. My drysuit is also quite tight around my hips so even connecting in the "up and over" position can be a challenge. At the moment I'm in the "if it ain't broke" phase.

    I tried an adhesive condom once. I won't be trying that again. :( I've been using on-adhesive latex condoms and wrapping a strip of Leukoplast elastic just below the head, firmly but not to tight. They are very comfortable, I've had no leaks and are very easy to remove. I now usually don the condom at home before driving to the dive site.
  9. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

    I used fuel line from the local auto parts store in one of my old suits. Worked fine but it was much thicker and not as flexible so if not routed well it would leave a red mark on my skin. But it was cheap and easily sourced.
  10. Pkishino

    Pkishino Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Japan
    I go either way, depends on the day :p my undergarments (KWARK) have p valve holes so up or down both route fine. Both myself and friends use these catheters, work great, good glue but easy to remove after.. https://goo.gl/images/hdmYDp
    NatureLVR likes this.

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