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by rcontrera
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor Filtration
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: Compressor Filtration

Koos

If your compressor is 12 CFM, why did you choose the economy PMV since it is only rated for 10 CFM?
by rcontrera
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: My suits in, My suits in :)))
Replies: 18
Views: 1563

Re: My suits in, My suits in :)))

bradmond wrote:Maybe they can make you a new one and let you use this one until you get the replacement. That would be good customer service.

While the shop may want to do this, sometimes manufacturers won't allow the store to return a used suit. Check with the store FIRST!
by rcontrera
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Oregon Divers
Topic: Where to find scallops
Replies: 10
Views: 7540

Re: Where to find scallops

OOPS!! You are right ... I read the regulations page wrong.

You need rocky areas that are well swept by current or tidal activity. So, for the Oregon Coast that translates into a lot of cliff climbing.
by rcontrera
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Oregon Divers
Topic: Where to find scallops
Replies: 10
Views: 7540

Re: Where to find scallops

Ah ... Oregon shore diving is a problem. While there are a lot of nice places to shore dive, those conducive to rock scallops are pretty tough to get to. And with your 1 per day rule, it really isn't worth the work. When we first opened our dive shop in 1981, rock scallops were abundant and fairly e...
by rcontrera
Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: My suits in, My suits in :)))
Replies: 18
Views: 1563

Re: My suits in, My suits in :)))

If you ordered a suit with options and they didn't include them and if you also ordered it as a custom and it doesn't fit perfect, then go back to the store and have them make it right.
by rcontrera
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Need silicone lube?
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: Need silicone lube?

What kind of silicone is it?
by rcontrera
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Harper Pier
Replies: 18
Views: 1453

Re: Harper Pier

A LOT of divers were taught here. Because we had a dive shop in PO years ago, I have literally hundreds of dives and, while I haven't been in the last few years, it will be missed. We did a wedding several years ago and used the anemone covered dolphins as a backdrop for the altar. It was on Evening...
by rcontrera
Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor upkeep
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: Compressor upkeep

Thanks for the video! It seems like every time I send out a reminder on oil changes, I get one customer or another that gives me a ration thinking I am just trying to sell oil! Well ... maybe I am but more importantly, I hate having one of my friends have their compressor go down needlessly. Oil is ...
by rcontrera
Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Nikonos IV-A, is it worth anything?
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Nikonos IV-A, is it worth anything?

Of the various Nikonos cameras, the IV-A will probably bring the least since it was the most troublesome. I recently got $45 for one on eBay with a 35mm lens. I felt lucky to get that!
by rcontrera
Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Oregon Divers
Topic: Any dives planned in the Portland / Oregon city area?
Replies: 11
Views: 3724

Re: Any dives planned in the Portland / Oregon city area?

Just remember that Netarts Bay is not exactly a local dive. The drive from Oregon City is like driving from Ft Lewis to Port Angeles ... about 2 hours.
by rcontrera
Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Compressor
Replies: 14
Views: 866

Re: Compressor

My own compressor, my own fills, knowing what my fills are and relying upon them are all factors in the decision. There's the most important point! While there are some dive shops in the NW that have fantastic air systems, there are others that have no idea what they have installed nor how to take ...
by rcontrera
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Compressor
Replies: 14
Views: 866

Re: Compressor

CaptnJack is right ... you need to show us the compressor itself. That one looks like one of the 80s vintage re-packagers. Even Mako didn't make their own compressor back then... they repackaged Bauer blocks. If the air compressor has not been running regularly, you may be in for a full valve job an...
by rcontrera
Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:51 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Ling with something in its mouth -- what?
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: Ling with something in its mouth -- what?

Reminds me of my fishing days when we would bring up something from depth and have the gas bladder sticking out the mouth. Maybe this is one that was drug up from depth and then released?
by rcontrera
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: your opinion on the best shop, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: your opinion on the best shop, please!

Man ... what an open ended question! Every shop has fans and enemies and every diver has favorites. We can all give you stories of what we think is the best of the best as well as who is the devil's workshop. The best shop for you is the one that is closest to you that will take care of you to YOUR ...
by rcontrera
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Free Dacor 1st and second
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Free Dacor 1st and second

That was a great regulator in it's day! I have a couple of old Dacor regulators that I have gold plated from when I was doing that a lot. Now that everything is plastic, I haven't gold plated anything! The Dacor regulators had the best chrome job in the industry and the Scubapro the worst. Sorry for...
by rcontrera
Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:08 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: I need a expired tank or 2.
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: I need a expired tank or 2.

Go on down to the local bottling plant and ask them if they have any of the steel CO2 bottles that didn't pass hydro. I have a friend that gets six to eight a year from them to make those bells.
by rcontrera
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:55 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Compressor Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Re: Compressor Question

Thanks for the nice comments, Guys! That Craigslist compressor is an old Nautica branded Coltri. If you look close at the picture, you can see that it doesn't have any of the upgrades that were done in the 90s ... replaceable inlet filter (this one you had to change the whole assembly), stainless st...
by rcontrera
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Puerto Rico / Caribbean dives during cruise
Replies: 11
Views: 1731

Re: Puerto Rico / Caribbean dives during cruise

For newer divers or someone that isn't real familiar with the various ports and operators, I suggest checking with the cruise ship on their dive packages first. In general, cruise destinations are good for diving but many of the local operators are not as sensitive to departure times as they should ...
by rcontrera
Wed May 09, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor fittings, etc...
Replies: 20
Views: 927

Re: Compressor fittings, etc...

Recheck your email. It may have gone to your spam
by rcontrera
Wed May 09, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor fittings, etc...
Replies: 20
Views: 927

Re: Compressor fittings, etc...

Most likely they are CGA347
by rcontrera
Sat May 05, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor fittings, etc...
Replies: 20
Views: 927

Re: Compressor fittings, etc...

Metrics are a pain to find the right stuff. If you don't know the size, it is extremely difficult to order the right stuff. There is a fitting and hose place not too far from you (Fife)called Western Fluid that may have what you need and if they don't, can get it ordered fairly quick. Take your valv...
by rcontrera
Fri May 04, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor fittings, etc...
Replies: 20
Views: 927

Re: Compressor fittings, etc...

Which adapter are you looking for? If it is the one that goes in the standard black aluminum tower, that is a stainless (do not use steel!!) AN6 to 1/4" NPTF. I have those in stock if your guy doesn't find them for you.
by rcontrera
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: My New Scuba Shack...
Replies: 18
Views: 1296

Re: My New Scuba Shack...

Well ... you know me ... I am kind of anal about compressors and I think the cooler the better. But, you are probably OK as is.
by rcontrera
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:01 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: My New Scuba Shack...
Replies: 18
Views: 1296

Re: My New Scuba Shack...

Don't forget to put a vent in the wall directly behind the compressor. The more cross flow ventilation you can get, the longer your compressor will last.
by rcontrera
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Whats a good fill?
Replies: 105
Views: 7416

Re: Whats a good fill?

Jeff Pack wrote:When I die, I'm gonna die with a Slurpy in one hand, and Big Mac in the other...

The rest doesnt matter.



Not me! I am gonna be 85+ years old and get shot off a barstool by a jealous husband.