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Old 05-10-14, 07:58 PM   #1
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Any Scuba enthusiasts? TOTALLY OFF TOPIC

I am asking here because I would guess that some of you athletes also get into water. Or maybe you will direct me to a more appropriate "forum" to ask my questions.

I picked up some scuba gear at a garage sale. I got 3 regulators (I think) and two tanks for $40. I bought the equipment from the original purchasers and users, nice people, their "story" made sense.

I'm sure it was a good deal, but I am not sure how best to sell it.
  • Craig's List would seem best for the tanks, just because they weigh so much. But one of the advantages of eBay is the bidding establishes what the market price is. My eBay rating is excellent - I disclose every defect and I take returns.
    • Start the bidding at $40 for each tank and each regulator?
  • Should I get the tanks certified? Then add the cost ($35? $50?) to the starting price. I know the diver needs to have it done before he/she can even get it filled, but I know I would prefer getting it done myself. Is there a lot of danger that the tanks are useless if they look as good as the pictures below?
  • Ditto on the regulators. Should I have a dive shop test them?
Or should I haul everything to a good dive shop and ask them what to do? Maybe post an ad on their bulletin board (are dive shops traditionally that user-friendly?)









The stickers and stamped dates at eh top indicate 1988 and 1990.




Thank you, thank you...
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Old 05-10-14, 08:07 PM   #2
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Yep, hydro the tanks & they usually get dinged up by the rollers if they are tumbled cleaned. FYI...A TANK THAT FAILS A HYDRO IS AUTOMATICALLY DRILLED. I'd also take all gear to a reputable shop & have them do a visual as you suggest....and here's the thing....hoses, valves, etc...age. They may say...not worth service. Your life depends on that gear...regulator, BC, etc. I've not dived in a long long while and most of my '80's gear is simply no longer worth servicing.
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Old 05-11-14, 04:13 AM   #4
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yep, hydro the tanks & they usually get dinged up by the rollers if they are tumbled cleaned. Fyi...a tank that fails a hydro is automatically drilled. I'd also take all gear to a reputable shop & have them do a visual as you suggest....and here's the thing....hoses, valves, etc...age. They may say...not worth service. Your life depends on that gear...regulator, bc, etc. I've not dived in a long long while and most of my '80's gear is simply no longer worth servicing.
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Old 05-11-14, 07:54 AM   #5
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Tanks have to be hydro-statically tested every 5 years, so there should be a set of stamps into the metal at the top of the tank showing such dates for such. If the tanks contain no air, they are likely rusted or corroded inside.

The gear should be either given a good inspection at a dive shop or sold "as is" with the buyer understanding that the gear is out of maintenance and should be overhauled before use. The small rubber valves inside the regulators are quite thin and fragile and tend to wear out in just a couple of years. O rings fail in a short time too and there are O rings on all those hoses.
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Frankly, regulators and such that are 30 years old? Update those and forget about selling them. I know I wouldn't trust MY life to them. The only 30 year old diving stuff I'd trust wouldd be a mask if the rubber is still pliable and not checked, the fins, and a snorkel. The tanks, OK, as long as their inspecrtion is current, but I'd still have them tested for my own safety and security and peace of mind. I've seen what happens when a poorly maintained tank ruptures and it ain't a pretty sight, even in the rack. Lots of shrapnel!. I also especially wouldn't trust someone else's life to them.
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I sold my old SCUBA gear on craigslist, was fast and easy especially if you have a good price. so you bought those items for $45? sell them for $90 and be done with it.
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Frankly, regulators and such that are 30 years old? Update those and forget about selling them. I know I wouldn't trust MY life to them. The only 30 year old diving stuff I'd trust wouldd be a mask if the rubber is still pliable and not checked, the fins, and a snorkel. The tanks, OK, as long as their inspecrtion is current, but I'd still have them tested for my own safety and security and peace of mind. I've seen what happens when a poorly maintained tank ruptures and it ain't a pretty sight, even in the rack. Lots of shrapnel!. I also especially wouldn't trust someone else's life to them.
Good point on the regulators... and masks, even good silicone ones, I have never seen last beyond 10 years. Tanks MUST be inspected before filling... no reputable fill station will fill a tank without a current Hydro and VIP.
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