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Kit failures

Discussion in 'Dive Equipment' started by Silty Bottom, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Silty Bottom

    Silty Bottom in DIRnial

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    Comments on other threads have got me wondering; what, if any, kit failures have you had? Were they life threatening or merely an inconvenience? Maybe we'll see a pattern emerging with a particular piece of kit or set-up.

    For the purpose of the thread, let's try and keep it to failures which have either happened directly to you or to your buddy while you were on the same dive and you witnessed ;)

    Personally, I've had twist-type back-up torches flood twice. So I now only use sealed magnetic switch torches as back-ups which don't involve me turning against o-rings. Not life threatening at the time as it was in good vis and light and I was just poking about under rocks, but enough that it has persuaded me to think twice about that style of torch.
     
  2. Suggsy

    Suggsy Banned

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    My buddy's Poseidon reg o ring failed resulting in an uncontrolled gas loss from the single gas source.
    I've had an inflator on my oceanic BCD stick on when depressed.
    I've been the donator in an OOG incident, I was on dive 17 at the time.
    I've had a free flow (oceanic rega)in hodge close, I swapped to octopus and surfaced (single cylinder diving)

    Can't think of anymore right now.
     
  3. Badknees

    Badknees Meg Pilot (retired) and Forum KGB

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    the usual free flows on my old mk11 scuba pro regs but none on any of my apeks.
    A primary torch flood.... my own fault didn't put the main O ring in after charging the battery :( but the lovely sartek kept working though out the 60m dip, only noticed when we'd got out and I saw water floating around the HID bulb that was an expensive f**k up.

    A kent tooling reel jam again my fault as it was left unloved in a dive box.
    Had a self inflating drysuit inflator that got cold when I disconnected it and water rushed in.

    Had a intergrated weight pocket fall out on a mare BCD when i first started, the lock had broken at somepoint pior to the dive never noticed it.

    theres more but I cant think of any at present.
     
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    Gauge HP hose burst during buddy check.
    6kg lead shot fell out of Oceanic weight belt during a dive :(

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  5. Phil O

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    I can only think of one. I was side mount diving in an old ironstone mine and a chip of stone fell off the roof of the mine and lodged inside the mouthpiece of my back up reg. When I switched to that reg I immediately started breathing mostly water. Switch back and thumbed the dive to fix the reg. It was a Poseidon reg and not easy to take apart and fix while floating on the surface. Shoudl have used my Scubapro's
     
  6. jb2cool

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    The inflator on my wing sticks down and constantly inflates wing from time to time. Easy to fix with a strip, grease and rebuild and on the dive I'll just disconnect and either oraly inflate or use drysuit for bouyancy.

    A buddy has had a reel jam that he had to let go. We picked this up on the way back to port.

    Girlfriends regs started leaking slightly on a dive. Not really a failure as such but worth mentioning.
     
  7. SrLagarto

    SrLagarto DIR-ish DIFF Diver... and, Honorary Idjit ;)

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    The only thing I can remember letting me down personally, aside from the odd o-ring, was my LED Lenser D14 torch - I think I had one of the first with the magnetic switch.

    Despite regular greasing, the magnets inside the on/off switch corroded, and this split the moulding... it was replaced by the manufacturer without question or hesitation, and I notice that the replacement has a larger, more robust-looking switch with the magnets now sealed inside rather than exposed to the elements. I can't recommend the revised design D14 highly enough, now.
     
  8. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    Recent stuff, last three years or so.
    Weight belt buckles self dismatling x 2
    Persistent self disconnecting inflator hose. Compatibility issue eventually resolved by Emperor divers, by replacing the hose.
    O ring blow out at the gauge end of buddies contents gauge.
    Dive computer flood.
    2 x camera floods.
    Beaver air gun blew itself apart.
    Taiwanese replacement freeflowed. (all I could find in Dahab)
    Second replacement failed closed.

    I am not destined to have a functioning air gun


    Harry
     
  9. puddle fish

    puddle fish Well-Known Member

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    Gnomey Well-Known Member

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    Only a couple. The missus has a wet breath whilst diving in Sweeden due to salt build up (which is why we clean our kit after EVERY dive), a slight bubble from a recently serviced manifold and a new pressure gauge inner seal popped.
     
  11. Silty Bottom

    Silty Bottom in DIRnial

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    Miflex by any chance?


    What brand of inflator/wing is it?

    Which brands?
     
  12. 290315

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    Nope, regular hose on SubGear console. I've got Miflex LP's though but avoid the HP's ;)

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  13. Smudge

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    I had a cheap reel (not sure of brand) fall apart on deploying an dsmb right in front of BK :)

    I had a member of our group (not my buddy) run out of air on a descent due to him not opening up his valve fully.

    Aquatec 3w twist torch flooded so much I only use it for walking the dog.

    Spring strap plastic buckle break at the end of the dive.

    That's about it in 4 years.
     
  14. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    O ring blow out at the gauge end of buddies contents gauge.
    Aqualung. More suspiciously less than three dives after service. Thankfully when first pressurised on the surface, not underwater.

    Dive computer flood.
    Oceanic Veo180NX. First dive after service and pressure test.

    See a pattern ?? Other than both are Boss buddies kit? (I swear I had nothing to do with that ;) ) My kit is serviced by the same centre.

    Harry
     
  15. big si

    big si Well-Known Member

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    Only ever a HP hose burst while I was kitting up and a drtsuit leak which give me a slightly damp knee.
     
  16. Big Joe

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    Camera flood (Locking latches sprung loose on giant stride entry)
    Weight pocket lost during dive (Assume not fully locked in place)
     
  17. Smudge

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    You saying that, I once had an O ring blow on a cylinder valve, 1st dive after a service and just before I jumped in for my deep course :eek:
     
  18. neilh

    neilh Well-Known Member

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    HP hoses bursting (all Miflex)
    Reg mouthpiece split and started getting a wet breathe
    Wing dump came off in my hand
    Reel handle came off in my hand
    Fin strap snapped
    Battery failure in my vytec mid-dive
    Various dry glove failures
    Neck seal ripped when taking off my hood

    No dramas tho :)
     
  19. JacquiB

    JacquiB New Member

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    Mares Puck had a 'turn' while diving the P29 in Malta. Suddenly told me I was at 150m in -69degrees.
    Sorted itself (or so I thought) for my second dive but the same happened again.

    For the next 24hours (until the battery ran out) it kept bleeping to tell me to do Deco stops! I now have a Viper!
     
  20. Silty Bottom

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    I believe most computers will do the same when the battery is on its last legs
     

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