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Old 02 January 2019, 11:11   #1
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dry suit leaking issues how to test and fix?

So it seems my Gul surface drysuit has a leak worn 2/3 times in December and on at least 2 has leaked near the convenience zip (take suit off and it looks like i had some weird accident.)

Gull supply a very basic 12 month warranty i have had the suit a little over 2 years but only used it a dozen or so times as just after i bought it i moved house and didn't get on the water for 6 months so it wasn't used for the first 12 months of ownership (hindsight i shouldn't have bought it when i did...)

So any suggestion to find or seal the leak? was wondering about sealing neck and 1 arm and blowing air into the other arm and looking for bubbles in the bath? any other/better ideas?
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Old 02 January 2019, 11:39   #2
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So any suggestion to find or seal the leak? was wondering about sealing neck and 1 arm and blowing air into the other arm and looking for bubbles in the bath? any other/better ideas?

Kids ball or pail in the neck, coke bottles down the arms - connect a pump via bottle neck with tape. Inflate to body shape and spray with soapy water - I suspect you'll be shocked at where the bubbles appear! Aquasure to seal/repair.
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Kids ball or pail in the neck, coke bottles down the arms - connect a pump via bottle neck with tape. Inflate to body shape and spray with soapy water - I suspect you'll be shocked at where the bubbles appear! Aquasure to seal/repair.
looks like i am shopping for coke and balls then.........
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Hi there. Never had it happen to me. But if you stick a bottle in each arm you’ll be able to test for others. You can send them back to get new knecks and cuffs on them. Good luck
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So it seems my Gul surface drysuit has a leak worn 2/3 times in December and on at least 2 has leaked near the convenience zip (take suit off and it looks like i had some weird accident.)

Gull supply a very basic 12 month warranty i have had the suit a little over 2 years but only used it a dozen or so times as just after i bought it i moved house and didn't get on the water for 6 months so it wasn't used for the first 12 months of ownership (hindsight i shouldn't have bought it when i did...)

So any suggestion to find or seal the leak? was wondering about sealing neck and 1 arm and blowing air into the other arm and looking for bubbles in the bath? any other/better ideas?
As said seal neck and wrists but turn it inside out some punctures seal when pressurising from the inside out aquasure repair inside and out.
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Inside out wouldn’t have thought of that... will give it a go. The suit is made of a bratheable fabric similar to gore tex but does puff up when you enter the water (or did....) didn’t seem to puff up as much on recent trip...
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Yep a tip I picked up years ago the hole isn't always a hole it's a flap torn from the outside so pressure from inside seals it back up more on neoprene but worth doing on any suit nothing worse than cold nuts
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not trying to teach you to suck eggs but you did have the zip pulled that last bit closed didn't you?? I have gone for a lag before launching and come a cropper on that one
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...the hole isn't always a hole...
That's almost "Philosophy", Jeff

How about: "Sometimes we look into a hole - sometimes the hole looks into us"?
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not trying to teach you to suck eggs but you did have the zip pulled that last bit closed didn't you?? I have gone for a lag before launching and come a cropper on that one
good point re the zip also look at the teeth make sure one isn't bent or has any grit / sand in it i use an old toothbrush to clean mine out.
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