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Store or sell dry suit that isn’t seeing any use

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by lowlysubaruguy, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. lowlysubaruguy

    lowlysubaruguy Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: The Gorge
    I have a High Tides crushed neoprene dry suit that I haven’t put on on a few years. The likely hood of me diving cold water in the next few years and needing this suit is minimal. It is now about 10 years old. These are not cheap. I store it in my garage on a hanger that spreads the load over the shoulders in a wide pattern. My two part question should I sell it? If not and its fine hanging on a hanger any tips on storage to extend its life. My garage is insulated and it rarely gets below 40 degrees but some of our summer temps breach 100 degrees for a week or two.

    I’m far enough from our diving spots that its almost easier for me to take a week off fly tropical than it is to take a three day weekend and dive closer to home.
  2. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
    Mine live in dry bags when not in use. One of them is easily 15 years old and it's fine. Temperature is a smaller concern than environmental contaminants--especially ozone--that will cause the materials to degrade. Sealing them away from the air helps protect the suit, particularly if you have electric motors in the garage. Air compressors, well pumps, garage door openers...
  3. asmfish

    asmfish Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: New York

    How is an electric motor going to effect the dry suit?
  4. Southside

    Southside Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Chicago
    It produces ozone which can increase the rate of degradation.
  5. asmfish

    asmfish Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: New York
    That’s interesting I didn’t realize that it was that powerful of an effect from a small motor
  6. Charles2

    Charles2 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Montgomery, Texas
    I think that the only motors of concern are brushed motors. -- Induction motors and brushless motors do not produce ozone unless there is a spark somehow when a contactor closes.

    Ozone is usually produced by an electric spark. It can be as small as from those little brushed electric motors that appear in kids' toys or as large as a lightning stroke.
  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    hydrocarbons are another issue.

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