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by mpenders
Wed May 22, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 482

Re: Drysuit repair

I just figured out another way to remove that big nut. I used one of these: watch case opener.jpg Sitech inflator valve.jpg https://www.harborfreight.com/watch-case-opener-91550.html Watch case opener, at your local Harbor Freight for about $6. The 3 pins on the tool were just small enough to grab t...
by mpenders
Tue May 21, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 482

Re: Drysuit repair

It just so happens that I have a suit with that same valve (anyone want to buy a xxxs suit that'll fit a child?) I was able to find that a 5/32" allen key will fit the opening/hole in the big nut, and will engage a screw inside it. Turning the screw will turn the oring module. I haven't pried o...
by mpenders
Tue May 21, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 482

Re: Drysuit repair

Plan b - another way to lube the orings: Jam/stuff oring lube of choice into air inlet hole(s) of the quick disconnect (or remove the quick disconnect fitting from the valve and put the lube directly into the valve body and then replace the fitting back to the valve body). Connect your drysuit hose ...
by mpenders
Tue May 21, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 482

Re: Drysuit repair

Another option - can you get an allen/hex key inside that hole that is in the middle of the big nut, and then fit into a corresponding allen/hex nut? Brace the bug nut and turn the allen key?
by mpenders
Tue May 21, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 482

Re: Drysuit repair

Are you able to turn the large nut that is shown in your second pic? If so (taking an educated guess) you might be able to (1) remove the male quick disconnect fitting (2) insert something thin (like an allen/hex key) into the quick disconnect hole to brace the oring module (3) turn the large nut to...
by mpenders
Tue May 21, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 482

Re: Drysuit repair

I believe you just need to give the core a push, from the outside of the suit side towards the suit interior side. This video gives a pretty good step by step, your valve should be similar:

by mpenders
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Saltwater Park on 4/20
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Saltwater Park on 4/20

Just throwing this out there - First of all, Saltwater is a great site. The artificial reef and rubble fields provide tons of structure and attract a lot of life. Unfortunately, it is also very exposed to current and it has a long swim to get to the reef. Combined, those two factors make the site pr...
by mpenders
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Okay ... another what is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 499

Re: Okay ... another what is this?

Reminds me of the treasure I found while diving with a student at Les Davis. Found it, then handed it to him. I didn't realize the kid held onto it for the rest of the dive until he proudly showed it off to his mom during our SI. She wondered what this beautiful piece of multi colored blown glass wa...
by mpenders
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Okay ... another what is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 499

Re: Okay ... another what is this?

Does the "body" have a plastic or rubber cover? Looks like the handle of an old screwdriver, or other tool.
by mpenders
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Photos of underwater oil rigs, etc.?
Replies: 6
Views: 501

Re: Photos of underwater oil rigs, etc.?

Check out this trip report. Many cool pics from some of our more notorious dive buds.

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I'd be willing to bet they all have at least a couple of shots that would work.
by mpenders
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh Nov 1st edition Redondo Lumpy Search Party
Replies: 16
Views: 1254

Re: ThThTh Nov 1st edition Redondo or Day Island

If at Day Island, you'd be better off splashing at 7pm. Just sayin'...
by mpenders
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit boot replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 1937

Re: Drysuit boot replacement

Awhile back I contacted Brooks Dive Gear out of BC. On their drysuit options page, they show their "Arctic Boots": http://brooksdivegear.com/drysuits5.html . These boots are dead ringers (as far as I can tell from the picture) to the boots that came on my Seasoft drysuit - probably one of ...
by mpenders
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Staying warm on a budget
Replies: 11
Views: 1713

Re: Staying warm on a budget

... and then start saving for a Weezle.
by mpenders
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Staying warm on a budget
Replies: 11
Views: 1713

Re: Staying warm on a budget

A brand new, fluffy, dry suit undergarment is wonderful to use, but not absolutely necessary. Try polar fleece and under armor type lycra/synthetic base layers. Several might be needed to create the loft/air barrier between your skin and the suit that is needed to keep you warm(er). Try various comb...
by mpenders
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: North Channel Islands
Replies: 25
Views: 2391

Re: North Channel Islands

Nice report and great pics. Thanks for sharing!
by mpenders
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: New Diver in Kitsap!
Replies: 9
Views: 1297

Re: New Diver in Kitsap!

Welcome Dan! You might soon find out that diving our NW waters is pretty good all year round, especially if you dive a drysuit. Water temps don't change that much, and winter vis is usually much better than in summer. Make sure to check out the dive planning section, as there's lots of opportunities...
by mpenders
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Rebreather and Sierra scooter for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1037

Re: Rebreather and Sierra scooter for sale

So you already sold the green one?

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by mpenders
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Fix green with Lightroom?
Replies: 8
Views: 1736

Re: Fix green with Lightroom?

Tried a couple of tweaks in Lightroom to your original pic: lightroom edit.jpg Couldn't get that using an "auto" correct button. You have to enhance/reduce individual colors/tints/etc. The strobe recommendation is a good one. Really helps to capture the vibrant colors that otherwise get wa...
by mpenders
Wed May 31, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: li-ion batteries for old 4.5Ah canisters?
Replies: 9
Views: 4661

Re: li-ion batteries for old 4.5Ah canisters?

Dashrynn wrote:... a welder isn't that expensive. If you can buy a backup light, you can buy a welder. I have a 150$ model and it's held up well...


Do you have details or a link you can share?
by mpenders
Mon May 29, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: How do you carry your gear?
Replies: 20
Views: 3240

Re: How do you carry your gear?

Had to scale back the operation. Excessive demand for refunds and escalating overhead expenses (aka: bribery) were hurting the bottom line. It was okay when I could negotiate with them individually, but then they threatened to form a union...
by mpenders
Sun May 28, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: How do you carry your gear?
Replies: 20
Views: 3240

Re: How do you carry your gear?

Oh - and dive weight in a separate heavy duty 2 gal bucket.
by mpenders
Sun May 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: How do you carry your gear?
Replies: 20
Views: 3240

Re: How do you carry your gear?

Plano Sportsman's Trunk. I used the 108qt sized one for several years. Great size for dive gear (longer fins fit inside it), has a lid AND wheels!: 108qt trunk.jpg https://www.amazon.com/Plano-Heavy-Duty-Sportsmans-Trunk-Grey/dp/B017N98OGC/ref=pd_sim_200_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B017N98OGC&p...
by mpenders
Fri May 12, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dry glove system on neoprene wrist seals?
Replies: 5
Views: 871

Re: Dry glove system on neoprene wrist seals?

Looks like the "latex overseal" is just a latex seal glued to the outside of the neoprene sleeve. Here's a video that kind of shows it: m I used the Sitech ring system on a Seasoft dry suit that had smooth-outside neoprene wrist seals, the kind that you need to fold under to seal. It worke...
by mpenders
Fri May 12, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: wetsuit adjustments
Replies: 2
Views: 656

Re: wetsuit adjustments

You might try to stretch it out a bit before cutting it. A trick to stretch out neoprene dry suit neck seals is to insert a scuba tank and let it sit for awhile.