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How easy is it to service your own regs?

Discussion in 'Dive Equipment' started by Jimnibimnibob, Sep 5, 2020.

  1. Jimnibimnibob

    Jimnibimnibob New Member

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    Hi

    I have been watching a few videos of individuals servicing their own regs. How many people service their own regs and is it really as easy as it looks?

    I have the Apeks DST with XTX40
     
  2. nickb

    nickb Well-Known Member

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    Anyone with a mechanical bent can service their own regs and Apeks regs only require a few special tools.

    The tricky thing for some people is getting their hands on the service kits
     
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  3. timmyg

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    I'd strongly recommend this course.

    https://www.bristolchanneldiving.co.uk/o2-service-technician

    I am now a qualified Apeks Service Technician, so my by the book answer is to not do it. However I did this course circa 10 years ago (pre-technician) and it's fantastic. Neil is great. & the cost of the course works out cheaper than the cost of getting the regs serviced by an LDS.

    As the description says, it's an O2 cleaning course, not a servicing course. But in order to clean & subsequently use, you have to strip & re-build. As was mentioned above, kits afterwards will be your biggest issue.

    TPG
     
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  4. Dave Whitlow

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    Yep, great course. If you do it then be sure take every set of regs you have and you'll have the fun of servicing them.
     
  5. timmyg

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    And your cylinders too to o2 clean them & the valves.

    He generally only runs, or at least used to only run them mid-week.

    TPG


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    Yep, the only thing I'd want to add to the course was hydro certs and then I could refresh all my bottles.
     
  7. Wibble

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    But you won't be able to self-certify that the valves & tins are O2 clean -- in order for a random dive shop or quarry/lake to fill them.
     
  8. timmyg

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    If you get your own stickers made up why can’t you? Tests are a different issue but there’s nothing stopping you doing the 15 month clean.

    TPG


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  9. Wibble

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    Would your own stickers be accepted at the quarries/lakes/LDS?
     
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    Maybe, maybe not, their quarry, their rules. Should be no reason why not though. There is a shop in Glasgow I think that only accepts o2 cleans if they were done by that shop, anywhere else is not good enough apparently.
     
  11. timmyg

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    I know a number of people who have their own.

    TPG
     

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