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    Apeks Shoulder Dump Valve

    Help folks.

    As my arm has been getting progressively wetter over the last few dives I finally decided to replace the shoulder dump only to find it has been glued into the suit! Always wondered why it didn't have the large washer under the inner nut - now I know why.
    Having pulled the cover off the inner nut it looks like there is a trace of silicon sealer.

    Looking for suggestions on how the remove it. Will 'silicon eater' damage the suit? Will it soften the sealer enough to allow me to unscrew the valve?
    Or do I have to cut the valve off? Has it happened to anyone else?

    Any other suggestions?

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    just peel it off in a slow and steady manner. silicone doesn't grab that well to the plastic

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    Guess I didn't make it clear enough. From what I can see is, what looks like sealer on the threads and both halves of the dump valve have been stuck/sealed in place so I'm unable to unscrew the valve.

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    Stick it in some hot water try to warm it up see if you can undo then . Get some grips on it .
    None diver as of 2018.

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    more torque. hold the outside bit still and undo the inside nut with some water pump pliers, the sealer on the threads will give, then peel away the suit from the outside bit.

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    Could it have been your zip that was causing the leak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubacoach View Post
    Could it have been your zip that was causing the leak?
    This is not a bad shout. Have you pressure tested the suit. Have seen this with a friend's suit.

    Graham

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubacoach View Post
    Could it have been your zip that was causing the leak?
    Quote Originally Posted by bottle maker View Post
    This is not a bad shout. Have you pressure tested the suit. Have seen this with a friend's suit.

    Graham
    I wish. Had a new zip this year, spoke to the people who changed the zip and they told me they couldn't get the dump valve out either but they have 'cap' that closes the dump valve off.
    Did the 'Tea Towel' test to see where the leak is - that points at the dump valve.


 

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