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Old 21 September 2012, 18:36   #11
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Maybe large plastic tubs or small buckets for the neck.
A large wooden or plastic disk held in place with a half-dozen or so binder clips works really well to hold the bond area flat and taut. Also gives you a good surface to burnish the seal on.

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thanks!
but what are binder clips?
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I have done tons of seal replacements. Super easy to do after practice. You need some type of bottle that fits perfectly into the wrist area. I use a plastic water bottle. You remove the old seals with heat, then clean the glue with Acetone. Prep the seal with some sand paper, then without glue put the seal where it is going to be. Now roll the seal back onto itself. Wipe everything down with MEK as a pre prep wipe. Apply layers of glue allowing them to dry in between. When mostly dry and barely tacky roll them carefully down into place. If out of place use a heat gun to reposition, but don't count on doing that. Apply a bead of Aquaseal mixed with a little Cotol around the inside edge to seal it completely.

Necks are harder to change. You can do it by removing the old one with heat. Prepping the new seal with sand paper. Mount the drysuit onto a round board, or piece of sheet metal if it is a DUI International or similar inside mounted neck seal. You can use clamps aka binder clips to hold it in place. Clean everything with MEK after dry test fitting, than apply glue layers, and again once mostly dry and barely tacky start putting it into place. DO NOT stretch it at all when installing or as mentioned above you will have a bunch at the end. Marking it sounds like a good idea.

Our drysuits are being changed over to SI-Tech permanently mounted rings so we can change seals in the field, and run silicon for comfort.
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As Tony said look after your kids should have got him a BS
But any good dive shop will sell the seals but by the time you av burgered about you might as well av got a new one.

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Changing the seals isn't hard, what your saying is once the seals have gone replace the suit?

Make sure you remove all the old glue and take your time and it'll be fine. Don't forget you'll need tape to run round the outside (and inside if your that way inclined) to finish it off.
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but what are binder clips?
Paper clips, but the folded spring steel type with the fold-back handles.

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Paper clips, but the folded spring steel type with the fold-back handles.

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Hmm...I prefer "spring clamps", for changing the neck seal, although more expensive at around $1.00 each. Their jaws open wide and their holding power is very good.

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Hmm...I prefer "spring clamps", for changing the neck seal, although more expensive at around $1.00 each. Their jaws open wide and their holding power is very good.

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Well, you're not from Texas. Otherwise, we'd never hear the end of it...

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