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by GearHead
Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Straps anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

Re: Straps anyone?

Another place to check out is Discount Divers Supply on Westlake Ave N. They have plain webbing in 2" and I think 1.5" widths. Plus a bunch of used & surplus gear at less than retail. The crotch straps on my rigs are 2" in a softer material, which seems to work fine.
by GearHead
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3169
Views: 341571

Re: Viz Reports Thread

^ That *was* the sediment. >:-}
by GearHead
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Unholy odors
Replies: 20
Views: 1161

Re: Unholy odors

I use Simple Green lemon for general gear cleaning. For nasty odors, I use Mirazyme or Sink the Stink. Boots that smell really bad can be soaked in one of the enzyme cleaners (diluted) for an hour, then left to dry out without further rinsing. The enzyme will do the work.
by GearHead
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Wild Rainiers in the ocean
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Wild Rainears in the ocean

Rainier Dry in cans was excellent boat beer back in the day. Easy to quaff between ski runs.
by GearHead
Fri May 31, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Water refusing to emancipate itself from my ears
Replies: 24
Views: 2961

Re: Water refusing to emancipate itself from my ears

+1 on that! Since I started equalizing on the surface and every couple feet of descent, I haven't had any issues. If you're feeling pressure (squeeze) on your ears, it may already be too difficult to equalize. Move your head up a couple feet and try again, gently. There is a phenomenon where if you ...
by GearHead
Fri May 31, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Sunday 6/2? Seattle to northend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1247

Re: Sunday 6/2? Seattle to northend?

The marina is well south of EUP. There could still be some impact on parking, but just due to more folks being in the general area.

Tide exchanges are pretty low this weekend.
by GearHead
Fri May 31, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Find a Buddy
Topic: Just probing the water
Replies: 17
Views: 2278

Re: Just probing the water

Did you read the "Swimming in poo" thread? Could explain a lot.
by GearHead
Wed May 29, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Tank height adjustment strap
Replies: 14
Views: 900

Re: Tank height adjustment strap

I also tried to come up with a tank height adjustment strap or cord when I first switched to a backplate. I found that my wing got in the way of such a strap. Since then I've just learned to gauge top strap location by eye. I prefer the tank high enough that I can touch the first stage with the back...
by GearHead
Sat May 25, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3169
Views: 341571

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Zee's Reef was about 15' today. Better than I expected.
by GearHead
Fri May 24, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Real American craftsmanship!
Replies: 12
Views: 1100

Re: Real American craftsmanship!

Yeah, yeah. :)
I ask because I own a Wilson and have shot a Les Baer. I've also fitted a custom barrel into a Kimber with an Aimpoint sight for shooting 2700 outdoor matches. Hadn't heard of Cabbot prior to this. Their website doesn't give any numbers on accuracy.
by GearHead
Fri May 24, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Real American craftsmanship!
Replies: 12
Views: 1100

Re: Real American craftsmanship!

Beautiful finish and engraving. How does it shoot?
by GearHead
Tue May 21, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: I got certified this weekend at Les Davis! :D
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: I got certified this weekend at Les Davis! :D

Way to go! The rest comes with practice... Lots of practice!
by GearHead
Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: Hello

Welcome. I have also started sidemount recently. The South Sound has some great places to dive. I live north of Seattle, and don't mind a little travel. I just hit 100 dives, am an SSI MSD and have TDI Advanced Nitrox.
by GearHead
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Bare XCD2 Drysuit
Replies: 16
Views: 2850

Re: Bare XCD2 Drysuit

The Bare XCD2 is a fine suit. It is made from highly compressed neoprene and is very durable. I have one as well as the newer XCS2. I have never seen or heard of bubbling or delamination with this suit. On the other hand, the Bare SB trilam suits have had issues and sales of these have been suspende...
by GearHead
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: WWW Cove 2 Dive - 4/17 @ 4:30 & 6:30pm
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: WWW Cove 2 Dive - 4/17 @ 4:30 & 6:30pm

I'm in for dives 2 & 3. Maybe dive 1 as well, depending on the weather. I'll be tweaking my sidemount gear for a trip to Port Hardy on Friday. I'm experimenting with attaching a long battery canister to the back weight pouch of my Stealth system. Got a pair of HP 100s that are about 2/3 full of ...
by GearHead
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Travel Bag for Carry-on
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: Travel Bag for Carry-on

About batteries - the TSA requires Lithium-ion to be in carry-on bags, which sounds like the opposite of the MX security. So far, I haven't had any trouble carrying Li-ion batteries outside of my dive lights in separate plastic cases. The canister for my Hollis LED15 often gets extra scrutiny, thoug...
by GearHead
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Travel Bag for Carry-on
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: Travel Bag for Carry-on

Since you're carrying a full set of gear, you'll need to split it between a checked bag and a carry-on. The fins, backplate, wing & wetsuit will need to be checked. As others have mentioned, any cutting tools also need to be checked. I take my regs, computers and lights in a carry-on. Typically ...
by GearHead
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Lemon
Replies: 16
Views: 1620

Re: Lemon

I'm thinking if you add enough garlic you could get them to taste like escargot.

(rubber + garlic = fancy snail)
by GearHead
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: From Mexico ...
Replies: 29
Views: 2052

Re: From Mexico ...

What light(s) are you using? Very nice, even fill.

Again, the formations are amazing!
by GearHead
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: How many Cu ft. for a drysuit bottle?
Replies: 35
Views: 2107

Re: How many Cu ft. for a drysuit bottle?

^ Sure, a 13cf bottle can be used for Argon. It's the same diameter as the LP 8cf and a little longer.
by GearHead
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:50 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: From Mexico ...
Replies: 29
Views: 2052

Re: From Mexico ...

Wow. Amazing decorations. I'm going down in October to take a Cavern course and get my first taste of the Cenotes. Seeing pictures like these makes me wish it were sooner.
by GearHead
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: How many Cu ft. for a drysuit bottle?
Replies: 35
Views: 2107

Re: How many Cu ft. for a drysuit bottle?

Bunch of goofballs. ;-) The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence always bring a smile to my face. I just did two easy dives at Cove 2 with a 6cuf Argon bottle. Used about 1700 PSI. I haven't tried flushing w/ Argon beforehand, but it still keeps me noticeably warmer. The 6cuf bottles tuck away nicely alo...
by GearHead
Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: WWW - 4/10/13
Replies: 21
Views: 1187

Re: WWW - 4/10/13

I've got a side mount rig that I'd like to dial in a bit more. Anybody else diving sidemount?
by GearHead
Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit undergarment questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1050

Re: Drysuit undergarment questions

^^ Those are some mighty fine socks. What material?
by GearHead
Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Looking for a good sidemount instructor
Replies: 55
Views: 6849

Re: Looking for a good sidemount instructor

True. Lead = air = warmth. If you're feeling shrink-wrapped at the end of a dive, just 2 lbs extra will help. This time of year I'm using a Lavacore full suit under an Arctic full suit with light merino T-shirt and shorts for the base. My socks are always two layers of merino wool. Difference in wei...