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Regulator Service notes

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

  1. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

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    I can just pump the rinse water out into the garden, a little dilute salt water doesn’t hurt the hydrangeas.
    But I haven’t bought a tank yet, wanted an HP80. Maybe i should forget the pony, since i have to rinse the steel tank anyway.
     
  2. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

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    If one has to soak a regulator unpressurized, simply drape the stages over a broom handle placed over the soaking tub/bucket.
     
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  3. loosenit2

    loosenit2 Solo Diver

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    Good idea, I usually just rinse stages one at a time with the out of water stage elevated. My sink is next to a counter so typically lay it on counter with one stage draped into water.
     
  4. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    Here is an example of a regulator first stage that was ridden hard and put away wet. I cannot tell you how many regulators that I have seen in that condition; and it takes the smallest amount of water . . .
     

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  5. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I realize this thread has gone to sleep, but for the record, the Signature first stages are environmentally sealed. There is zero need to soak them. Just do as @couv suggested above and straddle your first on a broom handle so the seconds hang in the water and soak.
    Even a Scribble first stage only needs a little rinse under strong running water to clean out the spring recess (with the inlet plugged, of course).
    But the seconds need soaking. I usually hang them overnight and just shake them out in the morning.

    The only first stages that need meticulous rinsing and soaking are unsealed pistons.
     
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  6. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    I used a hanger to keep my first high enough while keeping the seconds in the water. Had to do a little rig but it worked
     
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  7. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Not to quibble, because rinsing is always good, but that corrosion is all external. The internal mechanism should be clean as a whistle unless the reg was flooded. That is the one beauty of even unsealed diaphragm regs: it's only the spring and cap that turns green. Doesn't affect operation in any way.

    But you're still right. It shoulda had better care. And the owner could have just soaked that capped reg in a little warm 1/3 vinegar to clean off that stuff.

    Here's an easy way to confirm that a reg has been flooded: unscrew the unused HP port plug
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    That verdigris inside the port is corrosion from sea water that should never have been there. The High Pressure compartment is (should be) dry!
     
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  8. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    It was actually internal corrosion as well (those photos were just of the interior of the adjustment screw and plate; and there was even worse deeper within -- a flood; but I still have rigs from the 1970s which are in great condition, inside and out.

    Agreed about those old regs . . .
     

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