Joshua Smith wrote:There was even more to that story. His dil bottle had 32% nitrox in it (a no-no, though not necessarily a fatal one). His whole unit had been flooded the previous year, and he just dried the cells out and kept diving them......past their expiration date, and after a full immesion in water. They were badly current-limited. And his solenoid had been taken apart and reassembled with a crucial part upside down- it was leaking ~10 lpm into the loop. By contrast, the orifice in my manual ccr is set at 6 lpm. While this is up to the individual's metabolism, 10 lpm is "off the charts". I'd go hyperoxic in minutes at that rate.I don't mean to disrespect the dead, but I heard his death described as "suicide by rebreather," and, well- it fit.
Yeah it was the solenoid mods that I was thinking of that really killed him. I forgot about the weird choice of dil which pretty much prevented any ability to flush away that 10lpm even if he'd done it. I just remember everyone (myself included) thinking he had some sort of CO2 induced seizure due to his weird behavior immediately prior, when it was really more like panic at being unable to drop the ppO2.
Cory taking care of his gear is like me being a warm fuzzy moderator, just ain't gonna happen. Best to know where one's strong and weak points are in diving and life in general instead of going along like money is the only issue/impediment.
do you live with him and dive with him? where do you get off saying that Cory won't take care of his gear. For chrissake Richard, give it a break!!!!
Maybe he will, maybe he won't, as i said before, there is evidence out there that he takes impeccable care of at least some of the items in his scuba stable. You are in essence, a complete stranger. You really have no business even making a comment like that, its just ass talk.
Oh good grief. There's plenty of evidence throughout this board and even this thread.
Mattleycrue76 wrote:One of the things I hear brought up alot both with CCRs and technical diving in general is that you need a "good" reason to do it. I've always been puzzled by this type of statement since to me it implies that someone other than myself gets to decide what constitutes a worthy reason. If I want to go to three hundred feet to watch plankton float by so what? My motivation for going deep (or using a CCR) has no direct correlation to the safety of the dive.
Actually it does, statistics amply demonstrate that deeper is more dangerous on OC. To some extent its true on CCRs as well, but they tend to be riskier in general anyway so its harder to draw a trend. The thread about the "deepest woman" record chasing death (on CCR) is salient to this topic. It was only last week on TDS. Also the deep air lala stories in Exley's "Caverns Measureless to Man" really open your eyes to perspectives on risk and "acceptability". I can loan you the book if you'd like. If your waffling on a dive one thing I suggest is running your ideas and concerns by your spouse/SO, that can really remind you (me, whomever) about "values".
I'm all for people diving however they wish, and more power to Cory if he wants more toys. I can still think its a bad idea and don't see any compelling reason to do anything more than agree to disagree.