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Review Deep 6 Regulator Service Class

Discussion in 'Deep 6 Gear' started by rob.mwpropane, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. DBPacific

    DBPacific Barracuda

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    Do you feel that you managed to learn and absorb enough info to service your regs later without assistance? Like a year or two out from the class? I'm hoping to visit family in Georgia this summer and might try to schedule a servicing class while I'm there, I'm just worried about forgetting everything when I need to service them later on.
     
  2. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Manta Ray

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    Short answer, yes!

    Not so short answer;

    I'm comfortable with torque wrenches and manuals. Building things to spec. I don't have an issue taking something apart and putting it back together 20 times to get it right. Truth be told I expect that my first service alone will take some time, but I have the manual and I'll make sure I have enough time. I didn't take the class to learn how to rebuild regulators, I took it to watch and listen to someone who's done it a million times.

    The class really worked to our benefit as I don't think anyone actually rebuilt their reg while in class. It was obvious that everyone's needed to be cleaned and really gone over to one extent or another. In class we tore them completely down and I believe most rebuilt with the same old parts (I did). So technically I'm due for a rebuild now, and going through the class gives me the confidence to take my time and do it right and the class is still fresh.

    I would not want to take this class with plans to not use the knowledge for 2 years, I'm glad I have to tear mine apart now as opposed to later.

    There's a lot to it, but not as much as most manufacturers would have you believe.
     
  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Almost anything I learn today I will have partially forgotten in a year or two! So my plan is to rebuild my reg right now, to solidify my new knowledge, then do another in 6 months or so....and then one a year from now....
     
  4. rob.mwpropane

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    Editted in a link for pictures to the second post in this thread.
     
  5. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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  6. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    How long do the hex-bits need to be (past the base of the 3/8" drive socket)?

    I'd prefer minimal length for best rigidity.

    TIA
     
  7. rob.mwpropane

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    The kit I bought worked for both the 5mm allen key needed (#9 on the list) and both #8 and #10 on the list. You could get away with shorter bits for 8 and 9, but you'll need a longer 5mm to reach down into the 2nd stage.

    From the class I learned that some 2nd stages (not D6) have a 4mm orifice, so I'm glad I got the set with longer bits in case I ever plan to do other rebuilds.

    Edit: Should mention that the 2nd stage inline tool from DGX was 5mm, so it would not work for other regs with the 4mm. Someone in the class said SP makes an inline tool that tapers and would work for both. I haven't looked into it.
     
  8. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Scubatools inline
     
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  9. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Actually, there are TWO problems with the 3/8 3-inch extension. (1) the shaft of the extension may be too large, and (2) the diagonal of the 3/4 square male fitting on the extension is also too large to go through the 1/2 hole for the yoke knob! I took one of my skinny extensions and after a few minutes on a bench grinder took off the corners on the 3/4 square fitting and now it goes through the hole.
     
  10. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Manta Ray

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    Do you know if that one is tapered as well? The site says tapered, but doesn't say anything about accommodating 4mm orifices.

    Either way, the tool from Scuba Tools looked way easier to use that the DGX. The 3 of us that had DGX were a little confused because ours didn't work as seamless as what Chris had.
     

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