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    Drysuit inflate

    Hi guys going on hols .Will be diving wetsuit and wondered if itís best
    To disconnect and blank off drysuit inflate hose or will it be ok.
    Trivial question but your advice will be most welcome

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    IMHO it will be fine. But it is an extra thing to keep clean so not a bad idea to take it off for the hols if you have a blanking plug. I certainly wouldn't buy a blanking plug if you don't have one.

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    Makes no difference really. Taking it off and replacing the blanking plug takes 30 second with a spanner and allen key so I'd probably do that to save having an extra hose to fix somewhere.

    I dive with extra hoses permanantly attached to my bailout stages and it hasn't had any ill effect.

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    the only downside is the small time taken to remove it / fit blank and of course the huge embarrasment when you come home, go diving in drysuit and realise that you've forgotten to replace it

    Upside is a lttle less weight for flying ( every little helps)

    One hose less to dangle / get snagged in the water or on the dive boat

    One less hose for some muppet to drop kit onto


    Personally i would remove it, and attach the removed hose to drysuit inflate valve - this latter will avoid the huge embarrasment when you come home, go diving in drysuit and realise that you've forgotten to replace it

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    Thanks guys will remove .John63 good move putting it on drysuit .
    I would be the one to leave the hose at home will be attaching to drysuit
    Cheers for the sound advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick07 View Post
    Thanks guys will remove .John63 good move putting it on drysuit .
    I would be the one to leave the hose at home will be attaching to drysuit
    Cheers for the sound advice
    And maybe make sure you take the spanner and allen key by attaching them to the hose in a plastic bag to reattach it on site when you forget to do it at home on your return from sunnier climes.

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    Agreed with the posters above. For all the time involved I would remove it (it should only take 30seconds and a blanking plug). It removes a dangly hose that will just flop around and get in the road.

    Great idea from John about putting it on your drysuit valve - you are bound to notice it before splashing. Having the spanner and allen key hopefully wouldn't be a problem - you do carry a save a dive kit with basic tools don't you?

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    If it's a DIR-style config, keep it connected and put a couple of wraps of Gaffa tape on it to the SMB hose; then you've an inflator for your SMB. (This is what I do when using a suit inflate bottle)

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    Hose removed and placed in dry suit bag
    Will put together a save a dive kit as soon as I get back from my hols.
    Once again thanks for all the help

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    If you take it off, does it also fit your bc. Might be handy to take as spare. If not connect it to your drysuit, so you do not lose it or forget to put it back.


 
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