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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisch View Post
    You must have a seriously cheap source of tanks.

    The example I gave of Cardiff Scuba was £4. If you take the price of a new tank as the GoDive price it is £155. Ergo 38 rentals to buy the tank. Testing is appx £80 over a five year cycle or £16 a year or four rentals. (assuming no shot blast).

    Financially renting is sensible if you don't dive all that much. So it is convenience. I used to rent tanks when I lived in London as my LDS was not far away, but (like many other people on here) that option is not a working solution where I live now.
    Or as in the poster above you... seriously expensive rental options!

    You really should never have to shot blast a tank, if you do, you need to go and kick either the compressor owner or operator in the bollocks, as that is either wet gas that's likely to kill you (by whatever other nasties have desorbed out of the filters as the water has pushed it out) or somebody didn't blow the seawater remnants out of the valve before starting filling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WFO View Post
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    You really should never have to shot blast a tank, if you do, you need to go and kick either the compressor owner or operator in the bollocks, as that is either wet gas that's likely to kill you (by whatever other nasties have desorbed out of the filters as the water has pushed it out) or somebody didn't blow the seawater remnants out of the valve before starting filling.
    I agree, but my tanks always seem to need it and it would be silly to suggest that the tank testers are just trying to run the bill up wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisch View Post
    I agree, but my tanks always seem to need it and it would be silly to suggest that the tank testers are just trying to run the bill up wouldn't it?
    Surely you are not suggesting that the testing regime is some form of cartel where they are the only people that can test and remedy the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilwood View Post
    Surely you are not suggesting that the testing regime is some form of cartel where they are the only people that can test and remedy the problem?
    No, no. I jest (or was it I dest?)

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    On the weekend I went to B&Q and bought a little plastic shed. Tanks are now outside and wife has calmed down

    Looking at some sort of insulation, kind of like a mini heating tank jacket to keep the frost off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tel View Post
    Bit of CLS timber and some shiplap then

    Or just buy a Keter midi, they run out at around £80, but can get cheaper other brands for £60.
    Also worth looking for this on Gumtree etc as they are plastic they often come up really cheap.


    Are these lockable and secure please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilwood View Post
    If there were a viable alternative to buying your own tanks, I am quite sure that most people would opt to rent. No storage issues, no retesting timescales to worry about etc.

    Rental really only works where shops are local and have the facilities for their own fleet of rental tanks (space, compressor, testing facility, tank monkey) - people could look at the ease of renting vs having their own and decide the costs are reasonable. If there were a sizeable need for rental tanks the local shops would have them however that is not the case.

    I will be doing a trip in April with a shop where I will rent tanks (they bring 2 vans full of tanks for everyone) - 4 tanks for 2 days diving with no option for refills. No way I could take my own 2 and make 4 dives work. Not worth me having 4 tanks myself though.
    How much does it cost to rent tanks for a day now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WFO View Post
    Which lunatic would want to start a cylinder hiring business? For majority of divers you'd have thousands of quids worth of stock and testing liability sat there all week, only to have a mad rush on them for the weekend.
    The only people it might/(/does) work for are charter boats where they might get a profitable charter that they wouldn't otherwise, this would be different if everybody hired them I suppose. (thinking scapa where they'd be in use every week)


    No brainer for me, you've only got to dive 10 times and you could buy a tank. I never like renting anything for that reason tbh. Though it does trip me up occasionally when I run out of out of test tanks to take on trips away.
    In Mexico, the dive centre I went with hired their tanks. I went with them and I have never seen so many tanks waiting to be filled, we are talking hundreds and hundreds. The guy I was with said many of the centres just hired the tanks and got them filled from the same business. I am not comparing the UK to Mexico nor the logistics, but for sure it was very interesting to see how they operated out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    Are these lockable and secure please?
    That's pretty much what I had from B&Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    Are these lockable and secure please?
    nothing is secure if its outside

    simple as that

    I have one of these - "secure and convenient" apparently



    Its used for storing fire wood in now

    the big padlock hoops and big padlocks I fitted to them were still there long after the bike was gone ....


 
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