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Servicing your own regulators

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Rick Warren, Feb 20, 2021.

Would you take a Manufacturer Approved Class on regulator servicing if offered?

Poll closed Feb 27, 2021.
  1. Yes

    92.3%
  2. No

    7.7%
  1. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    2,960
    2,672
    Ok, I'm good to go then.
     
  2. mac64

    mac64 Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Ireland
    872
    607
    I use scubapro and Poseidon plus Vance Harlow regulator maintenance and repair so problem solved.
     
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  3. davecampbell

    davecampbell Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    112
    101
    in that note...anybody have updates on airspeed press? would really like a couple of books
     
  4. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    2,960
    2,672
    I want some stickers.
     
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  5. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
    5,598
    7,110
    There are two approaches to maintenance: practical, and theoretical.
    Vance Harlow is practical
    Pete Wolfinger is theoretical
    Vance Harlow gets you going quickly
    Pete Wolfinger makes you think

    When you finish VH, you know what you know, you can repair a regulator as described, but you don't know what you don't know.
    When you finish Reg Savvy, you have an appreciation for why things happen the way they happen and can fix an unexpected problem.

    I read Vance Harlow once and thought, "cool info!"
    I've read Pete Wolfinger's book over and over and have gone back to it when presented with a novel problem.
    I briefly went back to Vance Harlow's book recently, and thought, "Meh! Doesn't matter that it's out of print."

    If you have a tiny leak from your ambient holes in a piston reg, why will tilting it one way or another in the sink tell you what's wrong? Reg Savvy will teach you. Vance Harlow won't.

    How you approach reg service will point you to one book or the other.
     
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  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    61,895
    30,372
    If you have a normal kit of tools, with screwdrivers, a good set of wrenches, and Allen wrenches, in both imperial and metric, then you really don't need much more. Here's the minimal list with links embedded in their name:

    O-ring pick(s) $10.75
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    IP gauge $31.50 You can pick any inflator hose fitting you want HERE
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    1st Stage Handle $26.50
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    Hook spanner $16.25 for one or $62.50 for the whole set
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    Yoke Nut Socket and extension for your reg @$35 That's -IF- you have a yoke regulator
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    A vise. The Parrothead Vise is my favorite for rebuilding @ $64.95. Mount it with two ears next to the edge of your bench and it can be used upright or sideways. It's truly a versatile vise.
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    Sure, you can add a lot of tools, I certainly have, but these usually what the average Scuba diver really needs. www.ScubaTools.com also has plenty of brand-specific tools as well. Some are solutions to problems I've yet to see, so only buy what you need. Yeah, and take loads of pictures. I'm not sure I stressed that enough. Vinegar (not simple green) is an excellent cleaner and while I do use a heated commercial ultrasonic: it's probably overkill unless you have loads of regs to do and a lot of verdigris. For what it's worth, I think every diver should own all these tools, know how to use them, and except for the vise, they go on every dive trip with me.

    @rsingler might have additions to this he might want to share.
     
  7. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    2,960
    2,672
    So the polls show 39 yeses, we need two things.

    1. Scubaboard to become a non profit educational company so we can get cheaper rental room cost and discounted rooms.

    2. COVID to end so we can travel reasonably well.
     
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  8. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,787
    20,134
    fix it vs diagnose it
     
  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    2,960
    2,672
    Are those picks steel? If so it seems to me that a softer material would be better to help prevent damaging the reg surfaces.

    One of the videos I saw the guy was using something he attached between the hose and the second stage to tune the second (it was on a second with user adjustable breathing difficulty)
     
  10. davecampbell

    davecampbell Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    112
    101
    I have wolfinger's Reg Savvy, and am in the process of going through it, but would still find Harlow's book helpful.
     

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