This is my understanding as well, but who am I to argue with dive shop owners that are of vastly superior intellect than I?luis wrote: ↑Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:59 pmIt is very clearly spelled out on CFR 49 (Code of Federal Regulations) that re-qualification is good until the end of the month of the stamped date. i can provide exact paragraph later.
This the DOT law and it should be follow as good practice, but as we know many LDS make their own rules.
I am intentionally not using words like hydro testing or VIP. I am very specifically using re-qualification. Same language as the CFR.
Will expand later. If needed.
Yep, those Blue tanks are pretty scary!!! As I have accumulated my own tank farm over the years, I did the PSI tank inspection course and bought my own compressor. No more BS from the dive shop. I also have nine years in with the local fire department dive team and I can get free air that way too. For me though, the key was taking the PSI course so I can do my own inspections. At least I know for a fact, mine get done. And they get done properly. Not always the case with a dive shop. The PSI class cost $300.00 or so every three years. I have in excess of 25 tanks. Do the math. I also do inspections for my friends and that also helps cut down my costs. I also built a tumbler. 95% of my tanks are steel and when they come back from the hydro facility they usually are flash rusted. I can fix that at home.rhwestfall wrote: ↑Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:29 pmRegrettably, the shop gets to make whatever rules it wants as it is their compressor and VIP is a SCUBA industry "voluntary" regulation....
won't fill blue tanks - yep
only fill pink 63's on Thursday, yep
not honor someone else's sticker - yep
fail their business - yep
To me, and to my experience to date, it has been the end of the month the following year that the sticker was punched...
a sticker punched 08/2019 is good until 9/1/2020
Curious as to their stance on a Hydro stamp....
I too, like that term "re-qualification". The HydroStat company that did so much work for me, Rich, Ron, and SwimJim lists Cylinder Re-Qualification as the service that they do for not just Scuba tanks, but also welding, medical, beverage CO2, propane, etc. When I told him we have dive shops that refuse to provide hydro and VIP service to our vintage tanks, he said, "Well that's why we test the tanks... To see if they're still good. If they pass the tests, they are good and we re-qualify them for service."
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