IP checks

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Posted by Chris on January 31, 2005 at 22:58:01:

In Reply to: Re: Diver hurt in Monterey this weekend posted by Clinton Bauder on January 31, 2005 at 17:40:18:

I try to check the IP of my regulators before every trip. A gauge that fits onto the inflator hose is the easiest method to use.
When I check the IP I watch for stability, absolute pressure, recovery time, and Ip overshoot. One just needs to know their regulators response when they are working correctly and not use any regulator that does not check out.
I have discovered problems several times in the check out that I would not like to have encountered underwater. I have discovered regs with IP creep, and ones that had internal flow problems becasue that did not recover quickly. Both problems can be bad on a dive.
I also usually carry a IP gauge in my tool kit to check regs durring trips if problems develop.

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