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Removing frozen caps on Apeks 1 st stage

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Trimixdivin, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Trimixdivin

    Trimixdivin Nassau Grouper

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    Any one have any suggestions for removing a frozen environmental cap on an apeks first stage. It is not budging with my spanner wrench. My fault for not servicing it for 8 years
     
  2. CWK

    CWK Manta Ray

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    If it is a metal cap, try pouring a kettle of hot water onto it. Heat expansion might free it.
     
  3. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    Soak it for a few days then alternate freezer then hot water. It sometimes helps to try tightening it first which can break the seal
     
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  4. aviator8

    aviator8 Photographer

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    I was going to suggest try tightening then loosening. A trick that works with screws and bolts that are seized is to try loosening while tapping it with a hammer or tapping on the end of the screwdriver while loosening. I would be hesitant to hit a reg hard but you might try to tap the top with a rubber mallet gently while trying the spanner if you are completely out of options.
     
  5. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    Do not lose your temper on it and apply too much force damaging the cap. Persistence will eventually pay off.
     
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  6. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Squirt some of the best penetrating oil under the threads and let it soak in at least overnight. Don't bother with cheap wd40 stuff go for a proper one.

    You can also put the whole first stage in an very hot ultrasonic bath
     
  7. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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  8. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Cool.
    I've never seen one, and if I did I wouldn't have known what it was.


    Bob
     
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  9. macado

    macado PADI Pro

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    1) Freezer and then hot water (freezer part my be unnecessary I usually just stick entire first stage in an Ultrasonic cleaner with heater)
    2) Put body in a vice (use rubber sheet to protect it)
    3) Use pin spanner with rubber mallet carefully. I use two pin spanners, one on body and another on environmental cap as they can sometimes come off in one piece.

    That Universal Pin Spanner that @buddhasummer posted looks great. I will have to pick one up.
     
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  10. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    This is also a great pin spanner for Apeks regs. It snap onto the cap which reduced the chance of slipping.
    First Stage Spanner Wrench
     
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