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Old 02 January 2019, 12:11   #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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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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.... use an old toothbrush to clean mine out....
Doesn't need to be an old toothbrush unless you actually did have an accident

PS "Toothbrush" was invented in Fife.
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Doesn't need to be an old toothbrush unless you actually did have an accident

PS "Toothbrush" was invented in Fife.
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actually the zip lube takes the taste away from the paste
earliest toothbrush mentioned early as 3000 bc by the egyptians
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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


After the first incident I felt that must have been the case I have opened the zip to vent the legs so thought I must have not closed it properly....

The second time I was sure I had checked it was closed and the water marks on the under fleece were in \/ shape rather than a /\ so it looked like water had needed in a strip above the crotch...


Drinking as much pop as possible today to try and empty some bottles so I can do an inflated test.....

As for ď a hole isnít always a holeĒ what have you been watching?
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Tonic water bottles are so much better,,,, emptied in the company of a large bottle of gin
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Tonic water bottles are so much better,,,, emptied in the company of a large bottle of gin
Will it seal on glass ?
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if you cant locate the leak by inflating it, turn suit inside out again, and fill with water. be careful not to splash water anywhere as you'll be thinking its leaking everywhere!
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