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I recently bought a suit inflation bottle and straps from a famous eBay based dive retailer and "rec_tech and cave" instructor.

It sounds like there are dried peas or somthing in it. Should I be worried about this? The guy that sold it to me said he had use it successfully and there was nothing to be worried about. He has, in the past few days, be shown up as a lying Tueday so I am a little concerned.

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Could it be the debris tube has dropped off the valve into the cylinder - happened to my twin set. If youre unsure id send it back and get paypal to return the money, the cylinders turn up fairly cheap new so its prob not worth getting it serviced.
 

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It is probably just the Debris tube (the 2 above posts reminded me).

Cylinder valves have a plastic (or brass) tube in the base of them, inside the tank. 'If' you happened to have a little moisture/rusty flakes in a tank, and inverted, it prevents you getting a mouthful of high pressure mist/rust, the crap being blown into your reg by tank pressure. The debris tube basically acts as a very coarse filter before the valve

I'll try and find a piccie. Found one:)


Empty bottle, knock valve out, screw tube back in, reassemble. Simples.
The go and punch said Tuesday in the face:)
 

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Get someone to give it a quick visual check. Doesn't necessarily need to be a full service. I drained an ali once in NDC due to a failed reg, Terry opened it and checked it was dry inside for £5.

Suit inflators are more likely to get emptied underwater by clumsy divers than normal cylinders are, so there is a chance of some aluminium-oxide or something in there. It may not be game over for the cylinder but get it checked.
 

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Have you considered the debris tube?

In all seriousness, I'd ask the seller why they've sold a cylinder that isn't fit for purpose, they are after all set up as a business on ebay.

The worrying thing is that it might (in all seriousness) not be the debris tube, but in fact little bits of the inside of the cylinder floating about in there. In which case it is much more serious.

Whip the valve out and have a look. The other thing is that if you leave it rattling around in there, eventually (though it will take a long time) it will do minor damage to the inside of the cylinder, which could cause a fail at next test of the surface got a nasty dink, scratch or gouge.

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P.S. can we reopen the other thread now a certain Tuesday, as LOS so eloquently put it, has been shown to be a charlatan and who had the nerve to lie about it directly to Gareth.

People should be aware of these goings on in a rouge traders kind of way.
 

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I wonder if it might be the debris tube? Does anyone think that's likely?

It doesn't sound like just one thing inside though. I need to take a twinset for testing this weekend so will ask them to take the valve of for a proper look. I dont fancy my chances of getting any money back though, it was a few months ago and I just called the guy a Tuesday. Fair enough though I reckon.
 

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if it sounds like peas (lots of small sounds), its probably not the infamous debris tube of doom. Suit bottles have a habit of being emptied by people underwater, which then creates the potential for water to get in. I've seen that happen 3 times now, usually it means a shotblast for the cylinder unless you immediately strip and clean it.

As you say, whip the valve off and look. Whilst your at it, look at the inlet filter on your first stage to see if its covered in crap. If it is, stop using the tank and service the 1st stage (and your suit inflate valve).
 
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