Ever notice that nearly everyone with modern gear will give almost no thought as to where their gear is: I guess that's the beauty of plastic... I had someone drop my reg and then scrape it across the ground as he moved everything en-masse along the concrete--GRRRRRR! I'm glad that it was only my Conshelf-XI and not something like my Scubair or Navy-Unit...
One good reason to handle your own gear. Let them treat their own gear like that. I would point out that the reg he's dragging on the ground is not a rental. I can't afford such a cavalier attitude. luckily, around here the dive ops respect other peoples' stuff.
As I'm sure most of you are aware, I kinda pride myself in thinking way outside the box; geepers, I'm the first to admit I'm a weirdo So now my wife and I are getting into vintage golf So we were at a thrift store looking for old clubs and I was talking to a guy telling him how we love to do anything old-timey: I mentioned that we do vintage scuba, "Well, that just sounds dangerous..."
- Alot of bad gear handling may just be ignorance. I've had relatives and friends take their tank off and lay it on the dock with the regulator face down on the sandy dock surface... I cringed, picked it up and explained how they should be careful. I hate to jump on someone who doesn't know any better. - I give alot of credit to Sea Hunt Jerry for setting up the "Sea Hunt" vintage night the last few winters. He brings a bunch of his double hose regulators and lets total strangers try them. One guy was using a pristine Royal Aqua Master and acting kind of casual/big shot about his diving skills and equipment... Disrespectful of the RAM. I told him how fortunate he was to be diving that regulator... Told him to be careful with it because it was worth over $700 (which I think is about right for one in that good of shape). The look on his face and the change in his attitude told me he just had no idea until I told him. - On that night I had brought four of my re-built Double Hose regs to try out... Not planning to lend them out. Jerry asked if a couple of guys could use them and I was real hesitant, "Eh, Uh,... Make sure they don't scratch 'em." - Maybe that's the approach... Don't let anyone near your gear until they've heard and understand a speech you give them on how rare and valuable your equipment is. Scratches and damage will cost more than an apology!
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2014 6:54:10 GMT -8 by surflung
Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise". It was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”. taken from Wikipedia
UFF DA! Okay, today I had a bit of serendipity: turns out the ahem, (expletive deleted), guy who (expletive deleted) my Healthways valve kinda did me a favor...
I noticed that when I got my USD AL-72 back it wasn't holding pressure, this was about a year ago: this was before I learned about sustained load cracking. I had put a Healthways valve (different valve as the one that got beaten up) on the tank, because it has an SPG-port, and I thought the seat was bad on that valve because the air was slowly leaking out... Today I put the original USD valve on, and discovered that it too has an SPG-port! As I was taking the valve off to replace it, I noticed it took very little torque to remove, perhaps FIVE!!!!!!!!! What the heck?
I was kinda bummed a while back because I had left this tank pressurized for a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time: then John posted this link:
So I am a bit thankful that the guy who hydro'd my tank really didn't respect my gear by not torquing the valve on as would be required by safety, and also fortunate that I didn't dive the tank as it came back to me--WHEEW!
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2014 13:10:25 GMT -8 by nikeajax
Well, it worked out, but that's no excuse for abusing a valve. I'm very glad you found the cracks, and are taking it out of circulation.
A while back you asked about the buoyancy of the AL 72 (2475 psi-rated), and as I recall it was around twelve pounds in freshwater for my twins. Here's what they looked like in Clear Lake. Note the PVC pipe between the tanks--that held the 12 pounds of cylinder weights.