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"Will,  Jack Vilas did when he was in business. He sourced all the parts in case Miller, Desco, and DSI didn't have them, There were several times that DSI quit making parts for hats like the KMB 7 (both sticky out dial a breath) and the…"
Nov 26
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Dive Helmet Parts Identification & specs.

I was wondering if anyone has taken the trouble to identify all of the parts on DSI hats such as the soft goods and hardware?  I have to account for the specifications, manufacture and trails on pipeline components and we are not just simply going to buy from a manufacturer and assume they are good parts.  Why is a helmet any different. In fact, if your company is an ISO ( 9000, 14000, etc) it is supposed to be making these determinations and is not allowed to buy parts and goods from…See More
Jul 5

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Which of the following are you?
Dive Company Executive/Office Staff
Dive school you went to or are attending?
Coastal School of Dep Sea Diving / then CDC
Are you an inland diver, offshore diver or both?
Wherever there's work
What do you like to do with your down time / onshore time?
Competitive Shooting
What's your deepest dive? (in feet)
585

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At 8:32pm on November 26, 2017, Grumpy Old Hardhat Diver said…

Will, 

Jack Vilas did when he was in business. He sourced all the parts in case Miller, Desco, and DSI didn't have them, There were several times that DSI quit making parts for hats like the KMB 7 (both sticky out dial a breath) and the 10, that were extensively used in applications like hull cleaning, penetration, etc. He would contact the manufacturers directly for technical specs of the part, as the insurance thing was becoming a big deal in the mid 90s. Jack was a spec geek as well. He had a shop that repaired and inspected helmets when companies like Torch, AOD and Cal Dive made the little annual sticker mandatory. I know for a fact that he used to torque all the bolts on the helmet, and even made Ben Miller spit out some torque specs instead of hand tight. Helmets aren't made as well as they were in the 80s or 90s, with companies like DSI outsourcing to someplace to pay pennies on the dollar and putting it in their labeled bag. If you compare quality of an old SL 17 to one of the newer ones, you can find the fiberglass isn't as tightly meshed or dense (go borrow D. Gilberts 002) and compare. The quality isn't important, but then again the work isn't there, so demand isn't high enough to turn a profit with quality anymore. 

At 1:26pm on April 1, 2009, sam townsend said…
i know that cainbro has the new I-95 bridge in Ct. supposed to be a fairly long term job 10 years i think
At 8:28am on April 1, 2009, sam townsend said…
Hey Will if you ever have work in the north east give me a email
bighitsam@yahoo.com. thnks Sam Townsend
 
 
 

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