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Tools for DIY reg service, kiss

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by formernuke, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    Spin off from Servicing your own regulators

    As it was getting kinda confusing for first timers like me. For those not familiar kiss means keep it simple stupid.

    So what are the tools divided into 3 categories with links for ones worth getting or better yet ones not to get. Simplified for us first timers.

    1. Absolutely required

    2. Not strictly required but makes things a lot easier

    3. Purely luxury
  2. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    This really hit the “it depends” sort of thing but;
    1. Allen wrenches, yoke nut socket, slimish open end wrenches, slim blade screw driver(for tuning), wide blade screw driver(orifice), brass picks, piston bullet, some sort of spanner to fit whatever. IP gauge, Vice, and the tool that screws into a plug hole to hold it in the vice
    2. brass punches (for pushing thing out of holes)
    3. Inline adjuster

    I know I’m forgetting a lot, you worked on the boats, you know every tool can be used for multiple things.
  3. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    Depends on brand.
    For Apeks it is the C spanner(x2 if you are working on sealed model) and the IP gauge.
    The rest are readily available in any hard ware stores. The only exception is Cristolube(very expensive but there are cheaper alternative).
    Disposal chopstick(for 2nd stage and FSR 1st stage) so save one after eaten your take away. lol
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  4. marsh9077

    marsh9077 Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Australia, Indonesia, USA
    Yes as stated above totally depends the brand reg you have.

    I too have Apeks and I travel alot so try and keep things minimal and all I need is five tools, C spanner, 4,5,6 allen key, and a small adjustable wrench and i can do a full service on any of my DST, US4, DS4, regs.
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  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    First off, lets start with the regulator brand and model (first and second stages) to get you a complete list of options...
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  6. James79

    James79 Reinventor of Wheels ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Lower Alabama
    For a Conshelf first stage you can get by with;

    3/8 x 4" UNF bolt (screw into LP port as body wrench/vice mount)
    12" crescent wrench (diaphragm retainer and yoke nut on older models)
    Small crescent wrench and or allen keys (port plugs)
    Large stubby flathead screwdriver or allen key (IP adjuster depending on year)
    Snap ring pliers (filter snap ring and yoke snap ring on newer models)
    Pencil/dowel/chopstick (compressing HP assembly on reinstallation
    Double hook pick (balance chamber O ring)
    IP gauge (for setting IP when complete)

    Nice to have;

    Crows foot (yoke nut on older model)
    Bench vise (for old crusty ones)
    HP assembly tool (@herman makes one)

    Pure luxury;

    Ultrasonic cleaner (takes out a lot of the elbow grease)


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  7. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    need to know what regulators you want to service because the things that go in #1 and #2 are different

    Universal things that are in there though.
    1. O-ring picks, allen keys, IP gauge, wrenches of some variety, first stage handle thing
    2. Ultrasonic, inline adjustment tool
    3. Pure luxo items are magnehelics, vise, loupe
  8. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor

  9. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    that's in 2. Not required. Recommended and really nice, but basically everything is "sufficiently snug"
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  10. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    Can anyone jump in here or do we need one thread per regset?

    I'd like a list for classic Mares diaphragm firsts like the MR22 and Proton Metal seconds (or Abyss or Rover/Prestige, I'm not picky).

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