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Scuba Fix

Discussion in 'Repairing your own Gear' started by tekkydiver, May 28, 2019.

  1. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

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  2. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    $75 + shipping ???
    Plenty of better quality used BC's on the market for that money that never break.
     
  3. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I looked into this a few years ago when my inflator hose's flange separated from my BC. There was not a North American distributor at the time to my recollection...there is a Canadian one now, but the price $84 - $141 dollars depending on BC model, for a DIY repair that may not work out is just asking too much for such an experiment. If the repair fails at depth it could be big problem unless you have redundant buoyancy capability such as a drysuit or lift bag.

    DGX sells parts to make this type of repair but the opening in the BCD must be about 1 inch/25mm or less...my BCD had an opening roughly 50mm wide...I was advised from multiple sources there was no way to effect a repair that one could rely on. In the end I replaced my BCD with a BP/W and have been living happily ever after.

    -Z
     
  4. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    75$ shipping is a no-go for me.
    Considering this a DIY forum I'd start defining your dependence of a BC. If you heavily rely on a BC to safely complete your dives I'd look for either a new one or maybe a used one same model of what you have.

    I consider it a nicety not a must have. If having issues with the inflator hose at the base I'd look for a replacement part and install it myself and if there's no part that fits it right, analyze which way it doesn't fit:
    The existing hole too small .. perfect problem, just make the hole bigger. Or
    Too big of an opening so it would be an opportunity to experiment.with stitches, sealers and glues, not necessarily all of them but maybe. Think of it as a modified dry-suit patch.
     
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  5. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

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    The price and the fact bonding is involved makes it a deal breaker for me. I recently repaired a wing that normally uses a non-standard size fitting. I did use a standard flange kit from DGX, and also a couple of large washers from the hardware store, plus a little Aquaseal. It's not something I would sell to a customer, but fine for my use.
     
  6. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

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    Not concerned with $75. That's hardly a bump when it comes to the expenses of diving, like having that BC around as a spare or for guests. Had it for years, brand new condition except for the dump valve . Just looking if to see if anyone had 1st hand knowledge of the product. Dive Gear Express about 15 mins. away. I may try them
     
  7. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    If $75 is nothing to you for a BCD repair then why not just invest in a new BCD so that when your guests go diving with your gear they are not being saddled with a potential death trap.

    -Z
     
  8. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

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    Are you writing because have 1st hand experience with the product and are telling me using it would result in diving in a death trap? Or are you just a know-it-all blowing smoke? I happen to like the BC for it's intended purpose
     
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  9. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    No I am purely stating that a cobbled together repair is potentially unsafe and can prove disastrous if it re-fails at depth. It is impossible to adequately and appropriately test the integrity of a self-repair of this nature. Personally, I would use the repair kit if it cost less making it worth the experiment, but I would not allow another person to use the BCD. The fact that you were pompous enough to express that $75 to experiment with this repair kit is of no consequence makes one think that you have expendable income...if you truly do have expendable income then you would shell out the cash to replace your busted BCD, otherwise you are just truly pompous.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

    -Z
     
  10. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

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    @tekkydiver If you do decide to go with Scuba Fix please update this thread with your findings.
     
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