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Discussion in 'Deep 6 Gear' started by mcpowell, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. GJC

    GJC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Southern California, USA
    That's true, you don't. As long as you are sure you don't press the purge button while the second stage is underwater (he mentions that too).

    But it's really hard to ensure that the purge button doesn't bump the bottom of the tub, the hoses, the first stage or anything else underwater.

    The amount of water that enters will depend on how deep the second stage is and how long the purge is open. If you have a bunch of stuff soaking in the tub, it is possible for the purge to be depressed during the entire soak.
  2. fmerkel

    fmerkel Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Salish Sea (Seattle)
    Yeah, but if it truly is fresh water incursion, how is that going to do any appreciable damage?
    I've been soaking regs for 20 years unpressurized. I'm reasonably careful about it, but not OCD. Can't say that I've ever seen any problem caused by that and I overhaul my own regs.
  3. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
    So then for the benefit of general people

    Soaking your regs pressurised also enables you to see minute leaks rather than cause them
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  4. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    Yes that is what @cerich told me. Just don’t press the purge. If you can it is best to soak pressurized. But not all of us have a tank for that. You can also soak but keep the first stage above the seconds just in case purge gets hit.
  5. Primary

    Primary Angel Fish

    If you accidentally get freshwater inside a reg during the soak, or suspect that you did, hook it up to a tank and purge both secod stages to blow out the moisture. A little freshwater will not do any harm.
  6. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    @happy-diver Would a small pony bottle work for keeping reg pressurized? Or do you soak with full size tank? Seems a bit hard to do.
  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I soak mine attached to a pony...
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  8. RIHappyDiver

    RIHappyDiver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Rhode Island
    @Bubblesong, I soak mine attached to the tank I was diving with, that way they both get a good soak. Home Depot has an inexpensive plastic tote that is the same as the one I use for transporting gear, just larger. It fits my 100 and my 85 with reg attached. I’m looking into a cheap valve to rig to the tub so it drains easily, as it is quite heavy with that much water in it.

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  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Just get a length of tubing and use it as a siphon...
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  10. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I will use a "power siphon" - like they sell for aquariums or waterbeds. You do waste water, as they use flowing water to vacuum the other vessel out, but are useful.


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