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by fmerkel
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Swimmer's ear remedy
Replies: 18
Views: 2325

Re: Swimmer's ear remedy

"Ear Beer" - weird name, good preventative.
by fmerkel
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Cost for regulator service
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

Re: Cost for regulator service

Nothing. For that level of use you should have just kept using them. Most regs will go 100+ dives and/or 2+ years of regular use without servicing. Get an IP gauge to check your first stage pressure stability. If the IP is good, the reg is acting fine and you are only diving 10x/year you can probabl...
by fmerkel
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Scuba Show this weekend?
Replies: 11
Views: 1831

Re: Scuba Show this weekend?

The Marker Buoys and most of the other clubs had booths there for years. Rick was good enough to trade member-power help for booth space, a win-win I think since the clubs are non-profit and work with small budgets. But, in years of being there we never picked up a single new member until the last y...
by fmerkel
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4363
Views: 474512

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Nice set of pix Jan. Always glad to see you. Rhoda spotted the weight pouch the woman from Sunday lost. It was sitting right on the rock nose some people enter from. I went out and got it, didn't even need scuba. Called her on the way home. She's an Aquarium volunteer and was on duty. She stopped by...
by fmerkel
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Help - Water gettin in Hollis wing
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: Help - Water gettin in Hollis wing

Might you need another pound or two of lead? I get water in my BCD when I dive so light that I am struggling to get the last of the air out. True. Every time you push the exhaust button, you create a 'leak', air goes out (mostly) some water may go in. If you are really pumping the exhausts to dump ...
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Help - Water gettin in Hollis wing
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: Help - Water gettin in Hollis wing

You press the button to let air out, some water goes in. Completely normal. Rinse it out, don't worry about it.
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4363
Views: 474512

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Confusing indeed. Flood > slack > ebb > flood again > ebb again. Most of us spent 15" swimming 'home' against the flood before it really changed.
by fmerkel
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4363
Views: 474512

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

That was a worthy bit of education.
by fmerkel
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4363
Views: 474512

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Known problem with the D2. Doesn't happen to them all, but does happen. The company should be good for it but you'll be out your strobes for awhile.
by fmerkel
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Redondo: where did all marine life go?
Replies: 12
Views: 1727

Re: Redondo: where did all marine life go?

Seasonality is an issue. Takes some attention and a lot of diving to wrap your perspective around that. I think Grateful Dive has a viable view as he's been diving a long time and knows Redondo quite well. Tom Nic's perspective on 'winter' is also part of the equation. IMO another factor has been th...
by fmerkel
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Lost Fin Redondo
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: Lost Fin Redondo

Check with the MAST center, maybe TLSEA.
by fmerkel
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: 3TN Shower
Replies: 12
Views: 1649

Re: 3TN Shower

Shouldn't it just be standard tap water for the area?
by fmerkel
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4363
Views: 474512

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Any idea of the growth rate of those sponges?
Thank you for pointing out this change.
by fmerkel
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17

Proceed down slope past 50'. Start looking for Crimson An. Generally they don't grow shallower than that, though there are a few. Look closely at the base of all of them. That's where they are.
by fmerkel
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Atomic Cobalt computer issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Atomic Cobalt computer issues

If you push your diving much, and that's not to the point of imminent DCS danger, you may find the Suunto conservative algorithm very very annoying. My wife has a Suunto, and she's had to bench it a few times during trips. It will decide she's had enough and lock her out, when the whole rest of the ...
by fmerkel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Atomic Cobalt computer issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Atomic Cobalt computer issues

Never had one but looking over your list of problems and outright failures I'd run away. Probably a Shearwater would serve you well.
by fmerkel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Three Tree NO NO's
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: Three Tree NO NO's

The area near the hedge is off limits because the people living there persistently called in with their grievance. There definitely is at least one person, maybe more, that is willing to do whatever necessary to minimize public access and impact.
by fmerkel
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dry Suit Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

Re: Dry Suit Question

Aluminum tank? Go to steel and lose about 6# with no other penalty. FWIW, you simply have to figure out what specific part of the kit is contributing to your buoyancy, then see if you are willing to deal with the expense and trouble of switching. Like, going from a Ranger > Back Plate/Wing likely wo...
by fmerkel
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Switched over to drysuit finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 2021

Re: Switched over to drysuit finally!

I'm one of the (rare?) people that don't bother to equalize gloves. Hands are pretty bony. Unless you push things to serious depths the squeeze is not a bother. If you do equalize (some kind of tube), when you put your hands up, the gloves fill up. When you put them down (normal position) the air al...
by fmerkel
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4363
Views: 474512

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

That's certainly a different set of pix from you. Pretty cool. I've only done one day of cenote diving.
Outer ear infection is a bummer. Multiple dives in warm water can do that if you don't take precautions.
by fmerkel
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Lost gear alert
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: Lost gear alert

Check with the MAST center also.
by fmerkel
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Komodo
Replies: 17
Views: 2408

Re: Komodo

Fantastic! Did you take a drone for the aerial shots?
by fmerkel
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for drysuit advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1160

Re: looking for drysuit advice

Yes, one might. It's a Bare, probably less than 200 dives, maybe only 100. Fit is everything, well after not being a leaky piece of junk. You are welcome to check it out. If it fits you can take it for a test dive. Minimally you'll have more information going forward. I live in the north end, about ...
by fmerkel
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for drysuit advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1160

Re: looking for drysuit advice

I have 3 suits I got from friends that quit diving to sell. All in fine shape, zippers good, seals in 2 are all brand new, all different sizes. So.....what size are you?
by fmerkel
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: air consumption curiosity
Replies: 11
Views: 2051

Re: air consumption curiosity

I can't answer wetsuit > drysuit for sure, too many variables, but suffice to say if you are freezing in a wetsuit, and warm in a drysuit your air consumption will probably be way better in the drysuit. If you aren't comfortable, the dive can be miserable. But, you can freeze in a drysuit too. I've ...