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Posted by Ken Kurtis on August 24, 2005 at 11:20:03:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Getting with the program posted by kd on August 24, 2005 at 09:37:53:

kd wrote: "can I ask what the fuel would be for the "small, spontaneous oxygen combustion explosions "

Not sure. Hydrocarbons or some other contaminent that somehow gets injected under high pressure.

One thing that gets lost in all of this discussion is that "you guys" (meaning those who want a fill) feel "we guys" (meaning shops) are being unfair and screwing you out of a fill you deserve.

But when things go wrong and tanks explode, it's usually dive shop employees that end up getting killed. So we tend to see the stakes as being a lot higher and the issues a bit broader than just "give me a fill." And much as we all try to please everyone, we'd much rather err on the side of caution, even if that means we inconvenience some of our customers.

Ken Kurtis
NAUI INstr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, CA



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