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by fmerkel
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: My Diving Accident End of June
Replies: 14
Views: 600

Re: My Diving Accident End of June

Very informative report on a nasty situation. Damn!!!
Hope the transplant takes and heals well.
by fmerkel
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: HOG D1 First and Second Stage Regs -- SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: HOG D1 First and Second Stage Regs, $20

Happy to take the Hogs. PM sent.
by fmerkel
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.

I use a combination of the Docs PP, and ear beer = 50:50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar. The alcohol cuts the surface tension to allow the water in the ear to run out easier and dry more readily. The vinegar residual creates a hostile pH environment for the organisms most likely to start...
by fmerkel
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.

Either Docs Proplugs (proper fitting is important), or JBL Hydroseal earplugs.
This thread in Scubaboard is a short synopsis. https://www.scubaboard.com/community/th ... st-8717460
by fmerkel
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Old Diver, New Area
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: Old Diver, New Area

Took out a very experienced CA diver on 2 local dives. He wore a 3mm shorty under a 7mm Farmer. He was blue for about 30" after the dives.
Almost no one actually continues diving routinely year around here with a wetsuit.
by fmerkel
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3116
Views: 286905

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Deception Pass viz yesterday was awful. There was a west wind blowing thru the pass, stirring up silt and sand and kelp into the channel. Good to know that west wind will likely equal poor viz in the future! Were conditions as bad as the cancelled dive 4/27/19? Waves were 2'+ by the time we left. G...
by fmerkel
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903

Been working with a guy in the MS forum: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum This is the thread, page 3:https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/infrared-not-recognized/3a1067d3-6e58-40db-9d23-b855c51cdb0e?page=3 You can get a lot more info if you are willing to dig throug...
by fmerkel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903

If you use infrared to download a dive computer, or probably any other device to a PC DO NOT UPGRADE TO Win10 ver. 1903. Something is seriously not right. There's a discussion in ScubaBoard about it. For more detailed info read from page 3 on: https://www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/irda-for-wi...
by fmerkel
Thu May 23, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: Drysuit repair

Interesting. I have one of those but never thought to use it on the nut.

Once you have it out modify it so it's easier to grab. For that tool you could grind 3 indentations in the side for a better grip and more clearance.
by fmerkel
Wed May 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: Drysuit repair

I have the same valve. I have used a needle nose vise-grip to hold the nut > You can then unscrew it if it's not too corroded/tight. The needle nose works....barely. Obviously Si-Tech (it's a Si-Tech valve, no matter the sticker) wants you to have/buy a proprietary thin wall large socket for this. T...
by fmerkel
Wed May 01, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4245
Views: 426676

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

OUTSTANDING! I'll forward the picture and see how he wants to handle the next step.
Thank you.
by fmerkel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1715

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

Sunday/26 is probably a better day, and later!, with slack around 10. Monday is fine and an hour and a quarter later yet. Tues is maybe OK with slack around noon but the flood and ebb are nearly equal which could make some odd things happen. Last year we had a failure to reverse current for about 30...
by fmerkel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1715

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

Amazing to get that shrimp hitchhiking on the jelly. Really nice hydroid + nudi picture.
by fmerkel
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?

If you have to find an allen wrench to convert the TANK, that's a covertible valve, 3442 and shallower threads than 3500psi/HP.

What reg is up for offer? You've never specified.
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1715

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

Planning on being at DP on the 27th. I'd check it out but have to be back in Seattle later.
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1715

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

How is that Bastion Brew Pub? Certainly be more convenient than going into Anacortes. NO WAY am I hitting up Skagit Brewery in Mt. Vernon during Tulip Festival. Made that mistake once.
FWIW the Bowling Alley in Anacortes is a gem.
by fmerkel
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Selling Gear -- Retiring from Instructing
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: Selling Gear -- Retiring from Instructing

PM sent: MK2 DIN, white metal SPG
by fmerkel
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Skyline Wall - St. Patrick's Day
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: Skyline Wall - St. Patrick's Day

Hydroids are particularly nice.
May I ask your splash time? Always looking for Skyline data. It's a challenging site to predict.
I'm gonna guess ~12, the current was outgoing, and never switched?
by fmerkel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Super picture. I've seen them occasionally at Day Is. but never heard of one on Fox Is. E.
by fmerkel
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: NYE Skyline Crabfest
Replies: 4
Views: 457

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: 3580

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: 3580

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/th ... st-8498267
by fmerkel
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Seasoft Fined For Dumping Lead, Arsenic
Replies: 43
Views: 3580

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: 1443

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: 3580

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 ...