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Old 07 June 2016, 06:55   #11
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They would say that as they want your money!
I have always done mine my self, parts can be had cheap and I like to know my kit inside and out is ok
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Thanks.

When you do yours, do you follow any kind of procedure?
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Thanks.

When you do yours, do you follow any kind of procedure?
I inflate with pump leave for 24 hours min, check cylinder and bobbin replace if needed or out of date and repack checking stitching and job dome!
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>>>I inflate with pump leave for 24 hours min, check cylinder and bobbin replace if needed or out of date and repack checking stitching and job dome!

Ditto here... always done my own.
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I will have a look tonight, any tips on what to look for when checking cylinder and bobbin would be welcomed!
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whenever you unscrew the cylinder you should always replace the washer with a brand new one.
I believe the kits are OK for a temporary measure only and if you are not too sure best let an authorised body do it. All commercial / military lifejackets must be serviced annually by an authorised service company and if inflated in anger or accidentally also serviced by the same. Why should leisure lifejackets be different?
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>>> Why should leisure lifejackets be different?

I guess for the same reason our leisure boats are largely unregulated??

There is no reason a private person can't service one properly but the commercial requirements make sense so someone can't sign them off as serviced without training and following procedure.
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I believe the kits are OK for a temporary measure only
I've never seen that stated on the rearming kits... have I missed something?
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Thats not quite what MGN280 says though? Gas inflation LJs are to be serviced within 1 month of the coding examinations. In the intervening years they are to be examined in accordance with manufacturers recommendations (it doesn't stipulate by who/where and doesn't suggest any servicing work). [And visual inspections should be performed weekly "as far as practicable".]

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I can't see where it says that?
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whenever you unscrew the cylinder you should always replace the washer with a brand new one.
What washer?
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I believe the kits are OK for a temporary measure only and if you are not too sure best let an authorised body do it.
But if you don't have a complete fleet of spares it may be better to learn how to repack before it goes off by mistake and you have to repack to get back afloat the next day etc...?
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Well for starters there is no requirement to carry a lifejacket so trying to regulate the servicing becomes a bit horse before the cart. I'm guessing in Ireland where wearing is mandated there is not a requirement for servicing.

The same applies to all sorts of things: fire extinguishers at work are checked annually. Mine at home are checked as often as I remember to glance at the gauge, more often than annual. Yes I don't do anything more - neither do some of the service guys (I suspect at certain points they do more). Smoke detectors at work are tested with "Smoke" on some service program. Mine at home tested with the cooker ;-)

I notice SeaSafe that were linked before will only certify up to 10 year old but will still service when older. But I also notice that they wont return a faulty jacket to you. While I understand why not it does kind of mean you are over a barrel if they call you and say your jacket failed and needs a new cylinder you are paying their prices for it, and if they say the strap is damaged and its failed you can't get it back... ...they do of course sell shiny new replacements?
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thanks for your comments possible not the best description from me however A “tabbed gasket washer “ is today used in place of a black ‘O’ ring cylinder seal . Some say replace when damaged others say replace each time you change the cylinder. all this is just good advice. At the end of the day it is up to the individual what he wants to do. Some wear lifejackets others don't. some do their own service others prefer to have this done by authorised body .
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