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by rcontrera
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tank analysis
Replies: 16
Views: 821

Re: Tank analysis

To be fair, though, an air test result posted on the wall only tells you that they pay attention to their air at least once per quarter or whatever their test frequency is. A filtration system can go bad five minutes after the test is taken... rare, but it can happen. People that have a cool air sys...
by rcontrera
Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tank analysis
Replies: 16
Views: 821

Re: Tank analysis

PM me with the shop you got the fill from and maybe I can sell them a new filtration system or at least some new filters so it doesn't happen again.
by rcontrera
Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tank analysis
Replies: 16
Views: 821

Re: Tank analysis

There is a pretty cool one time test kit that is basically a balloon with a test disk in it. You inflate the balloon off your tank and wait ten minutes and watch the disk for color change. It only indicates CO but that is the only deadly part you can't test with your nose. It runs about $8. The vide...
by rcontrera
Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dive Shop in Juneau is For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Dive Shop in Juneau is For Sale

That is sad news, Dave. Any chance of you taking it back and running it part time like your folks used to do?
by rcontrera
Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Whats a good fill?
Replies: 105
Views: 7487

Re: Whats a good fill?

Don't you still have some old accounts you can order from? If not, drop me a line and I can get some out to you.
by rcontrera
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Compressor pricing
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Compressor pricing

I just got word that, in the USA, Coltri is going to be having an 11% price increase October 1st. The reasoning given is that there hasn't been a price adjustment since 2009 and there has been an increase in spread between the Dollar and the Euro. I have asked Bauer if there is going to be a new pri...
by rcontrera
Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 9mm composite?
Replies: 65
Views: 4844

Re: 9mm composite?

We use Bullseye in Tacoma and they have a very good selection of rentals. But if you bring your own ammo, you have to pay an extra $5 for the range fee. My wife loves her 9mm Springfield XD and it groups very well. However, because of the light weight of the composite, it kicks like my 45.
by rcontrera
Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Life of a Drysuit
Replies: 36
Views: 3512

Re: Life of a Drysuit

deep diver wrote:Yes, it probably is "where you buy it from" helps make their minds up. The company I bought it from has since gone out of business.


Where/what was your shop?
by rcontrera
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Life of a Drysuit
Replies: 36
Views: 3512

Re: Life of a Drysuit

I am just guessing that it has something to do with who sent it in. Tacoma Scuba is probably the biggest Bare dealer in the Northwest and, most likely, Bare would do anything to keep those boys happy. It is usually best to deal with your local dealer but just know that each manufacturer has their &q...
by rcontrera
Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Life of a Drysuit
Replies: 36
Views: 3512

Re: Life of a Drysuit

deep diver wrote: Ray, you didn't mention what kind of suit yours was that lasted so many years.



Sorry ... OS Systems Nautilus. They don't make that one anymore, though.
by rcontrera
Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Life of a Drysuit
Replies: 36
Views: 3512

Re: Life of a Drysuit

That is really a loaded question since the life expectancy of just about any dive equipment depends on how you treat it. I have a drysuit from the 80s that I outgrew but is still going strong for the person I gave it to. On the other hand, back in 1989, when my wife had her dive shop, she had a cust...
by rcontrera
Sat May 14, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Lost O2 analyzer
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Lost O2 analyzer

If you don't find yours, I still have some of these available for the show special of $250. :)

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by rcontrera
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: THANKS ... from CompressorStuff!!
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: THANKS ... from CompressorStuff!!

We are pretty hard to miss ... at least I am! We were in 926. We usually set up near the back door since we have to wheel in a big compressor and carry in the little one. If you went down the last isle, you would have seen us since the big compressor sitting in the aisle and a small one sitting on t...
by rcontrera
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: THANKS ... from CompressorStuff!!
Replies: 4
Views: 394

THANKS ... from CompressorStuff!!

Thanks to all that visited our booth at the Dive Expo. It was great to see some old faces and meet new ones. This was our biggest year EVER for compressor sales and I attribute that to all the friendly people that were poking and prodding the machinery and bringing pictures or descriptions of their ...
by rcontrera
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: dive expo
Replies: 42
Views: 3355

Re: dive expo

Man ... should be a good one! We were still setting up and had lots of people drop by wanting to buy analyzers and stuff before we even had it unpacked! I sure hope they come back tomorrow when we are set up and selling!
by rcontrera
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: dive expo
Replies: 42
Views: 3355

Re: dive expo

I am showing compressors again this year. Every year we have done this and the people that buy our show samples save HUNDREDS of dollars. This year we have a small 4.2 SCFM gas portable as well as a larger 8.9 SCFM gas portable and of course some O2 analyzers for our Nitrox customers. I am not sure ...
by rcontrera
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: $1 a plate SUSHI!!
Replies: 0
Views: 224

$1 a plate SUSHI!!

I just found out that my favorite sushi place is continuing their $1 per plate special for Feb!! WOO HOO!!
by rcontrera
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Ikelite strobe firing problem
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Ikelite strobe firing problem

I worked for Ikelite ten years ago and at that time similar things happened when there was a leak or corrosion at the connection. Additionally, it could also happen if there was a short in the cord. Try borrowing a different cord and see if that fixes it.
by rcontrera
Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Need some Ike parts
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Need some Ike parts

While the housing may be old, they do sell all the parts. Just call them yourself or have your dealer contact them.
by rcontrera
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Ultralight Buoyancy Arms?
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Ultralight Buoyancy Arms?

That rig reminds me of my old system. I had a housed 35mm (remember film?) with twin monster Ikelite strobes on long enough arms that I could spread them out to about 5' if I wanted. On land, it was a bear to handle unless I folded it up like the picture above; on the boat it would beat my lap up ba...
by rcontrera
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Video converters??
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: Video converters??

I have been using Quick Media Converter and it has worked great for me. It changes several different types of files to several other different types of files. http://www.cocoonsoftware.com
by rcontrera
Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: compressor yearly costs
Replies: 11
Views: 657

Re: compressor yearly costs

I had posted the following a couple of years ago on another board: ------------------------------------------------------------------- Owning a compressor is usually not a thing that you jump into to save money. Last time I calculated it out, a single 80 cost about $2.92 to fill ... not including th...
by rcontrera
Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: big guy drysuit undergarments
Replies: 13
Views: 876

Re: big guy drysuit undergarments

Prolly nobody bigger than me that dives Puget sound and I also vote for custom. The stretchy stuff is nice, but can bind a bit plus, the more the stretch you have to have, the shorter the life.

Custom undergarment and custom suit ... PERIOD!
by rcontrera
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Global dealer?
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Global dealer?

OOPS!!!

You mean
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The Global site says it is discontinued so it is probably best to go with what the guys already said.
by rcontrera
Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Global dealer?
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Global dealer?

Applied has them for about half that.
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http://www.applied-inc.com/EZ_DispLib_Item.aspx?ID=547