Been dry for a long time, need gear serviced. Where to go?

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Re: Been dry for a long time, need gear serviced. Where to go?

Post by Matt S. » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:54 pm

Went to Eight today. What a nice place! They had some righteous gear and the staff was very friendly.

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Post by Penopolypants » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:55 pm

Hah! I'm sure Jen would be thrilled about that. :)
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Post by Matt S. » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:33 pm

If I do buy replacements, that is an option! I have to decide where to draw the line on hobbies that require fiddly tools and parts stashes though... I already have several!

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Re: Been dry for a long time, need gear serviced. Where to go?

Post by Penopolypants » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:31 pm

HOG regs are serviceable yourself, if you're so inclined, and inexpensive enough if you screw it up.
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Re: Been dry for a long time, need gear serviced. Where to go?

Post by Matt S. » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:26 pm

If I have to. The Dive Rites not being servicable locally is a pain, but they are good regs that haven't given us any problems. The devil you know, right?

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Re: Been dry for a long time, need gear serviced. Where to go?

Post by Penopolypants » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:22 pm

Bummer. :(

Perhaps it's time for new regs?
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Post by Matt S. » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:12 pm

Well bad news, good news...

Bad news: Don doesn't do Dive Rite any more. He says there are few users around here nowadays, and so parts are hard to get.

Good news: Don is super nice, we chatted for 15 minutes, and he's going to call a couple people to see if anyone he knows still does them.

He is clearly an extreme regulator nerd which is exactly what you want in a tech! It's too bad he can't help us out. Worst case I can send them to Dive Gear Express.

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Post by Matt S. » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:49 pm

Thanks Calvin!

I'll send the regs to Don for sure and pick one of 8 Diving or UWS for the suits. UWS is closer but it might be nice to check out a new shop too!

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Post by Tangfish » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:28 pm

Another vote of confidence for Don Peterson at Octopus Gardens for reg servicing. I just sent him mine yesterday!

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Post by Matt S. » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:09 pm

Thanks guys. The regs are Dive Rite, the suits are Pinnacle and a Whites Fusion--not exactly new, but the newer kind which does have replaceable seals.

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Post by orcasc205 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:55 pm

I believe George and Dakota at 8 Diving are servicing ScubaPro regulators in house now — not sure about other brands. George is also great with drysuit seals and does them in house as well.

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Post by Penopolypants » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:34 pm

Hi Matt! It depends. 8 Diving in Des Moines is great for tanks and general service. The last time I checked they were sending their regs to Don Peterson, but were planning to get someone on staff, not sure if that's happened yet. Dry suit seals I would get done at UWS on Aurora, since they do those in-house.
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Been dry for a long time, need gear serviced. Where to go?

Post by Matt S. » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:33 am

Hi guys,

Embarrassing how long it has been since we got wet, and I need to get our gear serviced. That includes some suit seals. I am on the east side but will go wherever for the best service. I would appreciate recommendations--I am currently not just out of the loop, but so far from the loop that its light would take a year to reach me.

I am also considering new regs, so that is an option instead of servicing them. I never really liked how our Dive Rites breathed and if there is a good value DIN cold-water reg that's easy to get serviced, I would consider that too.

I think our first dive back will be a 300 ft rebreather expedition in high current, with a lot of camera gear... sound like a plan?

Actually it will be sitting in 6 feet of water at Redondo and doing drills....

Thanks much. We are looking forward to getting back in the water.

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