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by fmerkel
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: NYE Skyline Crabfest
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: NYE Skyline Crabfest

Nice! Don't see the PSKC too often.
by fmerkel
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

I've been diving custom Seasoft suits for years. Bruce has his slant on things but I can assure everyone that it's hard to find a more sincere person. That kind of fine would likely be the end of a small business like that.
by fmerkel
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

There is a lengthy note/explanation from SeaSoft owner Bruce Justinen on Scubaboard. He seems pretty upfront about the issue. If you are interested in this topic it's worth reading. https://www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/illegal-dumping-of-lead-arsenic-into-waterways-by-seasoft.571601/#post-84...
by fmerkel
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

It actually doesn't, depending on what you get and how you set them up. I went from zeagle style pouches with soft weights, to hard uncoated lead, literally duct taped together with a looped rope for a handle. It's easier to get in and out of the weight bags, and smaller.
by fmerkel
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: How do you secure and protect your camera?
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: How do you secure and protect your camera?

I use the linked leash. Inside is one of the ubiquitous plastic coils I think, but the webbing 'helps' prevent the coils from snagging (as badly), and provides a fail-safe should the plastic break.
by fmerkel
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

Did some [Googling] on various forms, uses, and types of lead contamination. Near as I can tell the stuff probably should have exceeding little use for just about anything if health is at all a consideration. The uses it has been put to over history are simply appalling given modern knowledge about ...
by fmerkel
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

I won't wash them in the same container. Lead gets it's own dedicated bucket. The water gets dumped in a Juniper bush, dirt that will never see edible plants.

There's gotta be a chemist in this group with some more info on what the milky stuff is.
by fmerkel
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

I do know someone that went to tungsten due to personal concerns about this issue. She's left the area long ago or I'd ask.
by fmerkel
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

You get tungsten...where? Gotta be expensive, and lead has gotten pretty steep over the years. My brother is a machinist. He got a wrongly delivered order for a large quantity of tungsten carbide cutting bits. They weren't sharp, weren't like anything he would use, and didn't know what they were for...
by fmerkel
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 1915

Re: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic

How does arsenic get in lead shot? If it's just inherent in it, how is that allowed? As CaptnJack points out, that stuff was banned a long time ago. There shouldn't be any around. Soft weights for divers: They are ubiquitous, not just a Seasoft product. After using them awhile I noticed a milky exud...
by fmerkel
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Canon Powershot G9 - free stuff
Replies: 0
Views: 348

Canon Powershot G9 - free stuff

If anyone is using one of these I have an original box, instruction manual, CD, 2 batteries + charger, connection cables, and straps up for grabs. PM me and we can set something up.

Fritz
by fmerkel
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: FS - boat coats (sizes XL and M)
Replies: 2
Views: 478

Re: FS - boat coats (sizes XL and M)

Hey Bob, dibs on the M. We can figure out how to connect soon.
Fritz
by fmerkel
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: diving in current
Replies: 11
Views: 1165

Re: diving in current

All great advice so far, except [planyourdive]. That site is (or at least has been) very poor at helping predict areas where current is actually likely to be an issue. TTN 'generally' has low currents. 2 additional points: 1. If you simply let go, ride the current, while you drift you are effectivel...
by fmerkel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dusty
Replies: 33
Views: 1646

Re: Dusty

I trust all will go well and the recovery is solid. Once you've gone through that trial, you can start to decide if diving is a goal you care to pursue.
by fmerkel
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Equalizing *After* Diving
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Re: Equalizing *After* Diving

Your Eustachian tubes and ears get a workout on a dive. The number and intensity of equalization you go through are way beyond 'design parameters'. You could be reacting to some micro-trauma from adequate but not exceptional equalization. Everyone's ears are different. I need to go slowly, pay a lot...
by fmerkel
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Sund Rock changes
Replies: 38
Views: 3180

Re: Sund Rock changes

This is parking by the side of the road, and it's pretty limited. If this option is used much, it will probably cause that area to be [No Parking] zone. You have to hump gear down a somewhat steep path to a rocky peninsula. It's a fairly long swim out to the rock. It's not nearly as easy or user fri...
by fmerkel
Thu May 10, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: what is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Re: what is this?

cloisonne shrimp.
by fmerkel
Thu May 10, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4049
Views: 368127

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

These are the fast swimming 'centipedes' you sometimes see in your lights on a night dive, and sometimes a lot.
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Swimmer's ear remedy
Replies: 18
Views: 1443

Re: Swimmer's ear remedy

I can see the value for swimmer's ear. The Amazon reviews have a bunch of 5* for improving clearing. I see no way at all it could improve clearing. It's not supported by simple physics. Which makes me distrust those reviews. I have on occasion carefully applied a bit of olive oil or similar during a...
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Swimmer's ear remedy
Replies: 18
Views: 1443

Re: Swimmer's ear remedy

I just picked up a new pair of Doc's ProPlugs for my Bonaire trip. They have been helpful when doing 50 dives in 2 weeks to keep water out of the ear canal somewhat, which seems to lessen the beating my ears take in the process. Combine that with a bit of ear beer or alcohol and it's really helpful...
by fmerkel
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?
Replies: 23
Views: 1718

Re: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?

Positive fins? He already has floaty feet. One of the reasons seriously negative fins are used around here is for this problem. Attached boots inherently "can" have more float than 'rock boots'. But they are warmer (warm air can migrate into the boot) and less hassle. It's a choice. Person...
by fmerkel
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Swimmer's ear remedy
Replies: 18
Views: 1443

Re: Swimmer's ear remedy

"Ear Beer" - weird name, good preventative.
by fmerkel
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Cost for regulator service
Replies: 8
Views: 987

Re: Cost for regulator service

Nothing. For that level of use you should have just kept using them. Most regs will go 100+ dives and/or 2+ years of regular use without servicing. Get an IP gauge to check your first stage pressure stability. If the IP is good, the reg is acting fine and you are only diving 10x/year you can probabl...
by fmerkel
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Scuba Show this weekend?
Replies: 11
Views: 1179

Re: Scuba Show this weekend?

The Marker Buoys and most of the other clubs had booths there for years. Rick was good enough to trade member-power help for booth space, a win-win I think since the clubs are non-profit and work with small budgets. But, in years of being there we never picked up a single new member until the last y...
by fmerkel
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4049
Views: 368127

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Nice set of pix Jan. Always glad to see you. Rhoda spotted the weight pouch the woman from Sunday lost. It was sitting right on the rock nose some people enter from. I went out and got it, didn't even need scuba. Called her on the way home. She's an Aquarium volunteer and was on duty. She stopped by...

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