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by LCF
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Getting frustrated with the whole ordeal
Replies: 18
Views: 1908

Re: Getting frustrated with the whole ordeal

I am very surprised that you have had a recurrent problem with a Light Monkey light, but I will say that I am disgusted with E/O connectors. You can try cleaning them well with contact cleaner -- that seems to have done the trick for my suit heater, at least in the short run. I have had LM lights fo...
by LCF
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Equipment Issues, Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Equipment Issues, Drysuit

You do have to use a wrench, and sometimes more than once. Every time I've taken off an inflator valve, I've had at least one wet dive before I got it back on tight enough.
by LCF
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Marines deserve their reputation
Replies: 7
Views: 965

The Marines deserve their reputation

So -- I was originally supposed to go out on a boat today. The Bandito, out of Tacoma, which I haven't done in quite a while, with my long-term favorite dive buddy. So I got up in the black of night, piled into our enormous 25 year old F-250 pickup truck (long story there), and headed south in POURI...
by LCF
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Oh, I hope that phenomenon spreads to the lower Sound. I desperately miss the sea stars . . . the winter sites, with no sea lettuce and no stars, are so colorless.
by LCF
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Why Divers Panic
Replies: 20
Views: 4729

Re: Why Divers Panic

Panic has fascinated me since I began to dive, because it kills people, and because I am apparently not prone to it. But that is not to say that I haven't been very, very close . . . Bob will remember a dive we did together, which was my first time at Day Island Wall. We swam out and hit the wall ri...
by LCF
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:58 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15
Replies: 30
Views: 2202

Re: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15

Just a warning . . . if we have to put our horse to sleep tomorrow, I may not make it. Vet is coming at noon.
by LCF
Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15
Replies: 30
Views: 2202

Re: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15

And no, cupronickel, it's not at the Lighthouse Park. It's the entry site on the north end of the Silver Cloud hotel. There is a small amount of parking right at the site, and more along the street as it turns away from the hotel.
by LCF
Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15
Replies: 30
Views: 2202

Re: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15

I will be there, and happy to buddy up with a novice.
by LCF
Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dump valve woes.
Replies: 16
Views: 1769

Re: Dump valve woes.

I've had both, and all my Apeks valves have leaked from the get-go. The SiTech valves eventually leak, too, but I've had pretty good luck salvaging them a couple of times by taking them apart and cleaning them. I used to have a great photo essay on doing that, but it was on the DiveMatrix board, and...
by LCF
Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Club Dive! Club Dive! NWDC Invades Sund Rock! 03/28/2015
Replies: 66
Views: 4344

Re: Club Dive! Club Dive! NWDC Invades Sund Rock! 03/28/2015

Dangit! I'm working that whole weekend. Would have been fun to do a club dive there.
by LCF
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: New to Seattle
Replies: 10
Views: 1037

Re: New to Seattle

I know actually quite a number of Indian folks around here who dive -- we just worked with a student from southern India. The local dive clubs are great places to arrange a buddy for a relative novice. A lot of them have Meet up sites (I know Moss Bay and Emerald Sea do) that list the dives that are...
by LCF
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: How many dives do you get out of your argon cylinder?
Replies: 15
Views: 1635

Re: How many dives do you get out of your argon cylinder?

6 cf cylinder, I get three shallow dives or two deep ones. I top with air if argon isn't available where I am. I haven't used Argon since I bought the Santi vest, though.
by LCF
Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: New to Seattle
Replies: 10
Views: 1037

Re: New to Seattle

Where are you in the region? There are quite a few shops that rent dry suits, and could do an orientation. Silent World in Bellevue rents Fusions, which can be a very good choice for a first suit. Bubbles Below in Woodinville has DUI suits. I'm not sure what else is out there.
by LCF
Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: I know this'll bring interesting conversation (p-valve)
Replies: 76
Views: 5304

Re: I know this'll bring interesting conversation (p-valve)

I use a QD, but without the shutoff valve. I have a cap which I place when I disconnect, and then the earliest moment I can get to a bathroom, I either drain the system or remove the She-P. You could certainly accomplish the same thing with a barbed connector, but I prefer the certainty of the QD to...
by LCF
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Every single time I come here, I am again astonished at what I learn -- amazing information, and so beautifully illustrated!
by LCF
Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Cove 2 2/15/15
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: Cove 2 2/15/15

What a fun post! I love diving with newly minted divers, because everything they see, they are seeing for the first time, and that makes me see it through new eyes, too.
by LCF
Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Desperately Seeking DM for OW Course this weekend (2/21-22)
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Re: Desperately Seeking DM for OW Course this weekend (2/21-

I'm sorry; I am a PADI DM and independently insured, but I will be in Canada this weekend taking a class. I hope you find someone to sub for you.
by LCF
Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone 6
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Keystone 6

I've got to get out diving. Seems like EVERYBODY is finding my favorite dorids . . .
by LCF
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I had no idea there were nematocysts on the column, too. The things I learn from this thread!
by LCF
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Daylight Cavern Diving near Puerto Aventuras
Replies: 5
Views: 1107

Re: Daylight Cavern Diving near Puerto Aventuras

Love the sunlight spill photos!

You are just like my husband. Get some local skills training and then go back down to MX and take a cave class. You loved the caverns, but the caves are all that and more.
by LCF
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Find a Buddy
Topic: Looking for regular buddies
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Looking for regular buddies

We were all new once, and many of us remember that. There is no shame in being a novice, and in fact, diving with folks who find coon-striped shrimp and kelp crabs amazing reminds us of what it was like in the beginning.

As I said, I'd dive with you, if my schedule let me.
by LCF
Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Find a Buddy
Topic: Looking for regular buddies
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Looking for regular buddies

Consider looking at some of the local dive clubs. I'm a member of Moss Bay, for example, and if you go to their Meetup site, there are a lot of weekend dives planned. There is always room for another and a new diver, but it is a good idea to contact the dive leader and let that person know that you ...
by LCF
Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: SOLD:Liquivision X1
Replies: 4
Views: 859

Re: FS:Liquivision X1

Oh, man, you're tempting me. I'd love to have a backup for when mine eventually dies . . . I LOVE my X1.
by LCF
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Is this anything?
Replies: 18
Views: 1779

Re: Is this anything?

That's incredible! In almost ten years of diving, I've never seen them underwater here, and only once I have seen them from a boat.
by LCF
Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRATEFUL DIVER!!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRATEFUL DIVER!!!!

Happy belated birthday, Bob! Hope your Canada trip is exceeding your expectations.