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Inflator dust cap

Discussion in 'Dive Equipment' started by kevin b, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. kevin b

    kevin b Member

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    I am after the dust cap where lp hose goes onto the inflator body does anyone have a spare or know who sells them.
     
  2. AndyW

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  3. kevin b

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    that look similar but it's for the end of the corrugated hose where the lp hose connects to.
     
  4. AndyW

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    Then I've never even seen one of those being used. I can't imagine that it actually protects it from much.
    The fitting is likely the same though between suit and wing inflate
     
  5. NickPicks

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    It's the same fitting (unless you've got a buddy auto air, which is quite a bit larger)
     
  6. jb2cool

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    Can you post a picture of what you want. I think I get it but want to make sure.

    Why do you want a dust cap for it?
     
  7. kevin b

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    But why? What are you trying to protect your BCD from? Why do you think you need one?

    I had one of these on my drysuit and pulled the fucker off as it’s pointless.

    If you are anywhere near me you can have my old one
     
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  9. Dave Whitlow

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    Agreed. This serves no useful purpose. Never had one on a BCD and the one from my drysuit fell off years ago and I've seen no need to replace it.
     
  10. AndyW

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    They are completely pointless... but I did give you a link to buy one in post no.2
     
  11. kevin b

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    Well I thought it was prudent of me to look after my equipment. Most people use the dust cap on their 1st stage & cover the tank valve opening when not in use. I would rather prevent dust getting in than have equipment failure.
     
  12. jb2cool

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    The first stage has a really fine metal filter inside that you don't want to block so the first stage you may want to look after (I myself use a dust cap on the regs). The inflator on the other hand is a handful or parts (see pic) there is practically nothing to block.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. NickPicks

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    Is that the lint free cloth and clean servicing environment you've taken that apart on?
     
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  14. Wibble

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    @kevin b - there's things to worry about. This isn't one of them!

    Main use for it would be to protect the drysuit from a bit of chaffing when it's rolled, but even then it's not really an issue. The BCD should be stored in the dry, so a bit of air drying the inflator out isn't a bad thing.

    I, like @jb2cool and probably @Dave Whitlow, have pulled the thing off my drysuit and I've never put one on the wing/BDC inflator.
     
  15. jb2cool

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    Just a pic I found from Google.

    I do actually have one stripped down for cleaning at home at the minute but I just use kitchen roll, some malt vinegar and an old toothbrush. If it's really bad I break out the cilit bang.
     
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    Citric acid is dirt cheap (£5k/kg) and smells less than malt vinegar. Also, unlike vinegar, it is crystals and doesn't spill. Left too long it does clean the chrome off DIN wheels quite well :eek:
     
  17. JohnL

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    Don't know about inflators needing dust caps, but they can go wrong with a bit of sand in them. I had a continuously inflating bcd in Barbados until I undid the hose. Mind you, the equipment was pretty crap at that dive centre.
     

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