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« on: August 22, 2009, 07:13:31 am »
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You can build your own hookah system using a tank and first stage of an old regulator. Get a 3/8-24 brass fitting that ends in a 3/8 hose barb. Attach that to the low pressure port of your reg. Get a couple blocks of aluminum and drill & tap it for 1/4 pipe thread at one end and 3/8-24 at the other end for your second stage hose. Now you can hook up a 50' (or longer) hose to your reg.

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 11:08:31 am »
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So, what's the point in using a scuba tank for a Hookah system?
In that case i would prefer it to be on my back, or sidemounted under my arms, where i can keep moving freely
A hookah, IMHO, would use a compressor, or, in using tanks, an oversized one (Like industrial gas supplyers)
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 11:34:03 am »
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The use of a scuba bottle is very handy, and easy to transport. The whole set up can fit into the trunk of a car. A K bottle (the oversize one) cannot. Also on the K bottles, you need an O2 reg or something similar, along with renting the bottle for the duration it takes to breathe it down.  I have used both on many occasions and both have their positives and negatives. However--from looking at the pictures--I would NEVER use hose clamps on ANY part of a HP air setup. You can get the appropriate fitting and get it mounted directly to the hose from any hose/rubber store (there are more around than you think!). And it only costs a few dollars.

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2011, 04:51:32 pm »
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I use hose clamps on the low pressure side of the regulator. Maximum pressure is 125 PSI and I never had one come loose. I also use a 130 cubic foot tank. Lasts about 4 hours in shallow water.

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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 11:43:39 am »
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The problem I see is running out of air and having someone panic and hold there breath during ascent.  Even if it is only 10 or 15 feet that is a huge pressure change.  The purpose of Hookah is to have a continuous supply of air.  If you do not like wearing a BCD try a Back plate and harness, very simple set up.

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 04:08:07 pm »
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Quote:Posted by troydepp
The problem I see is running out of air and having someone panic and hold there breath during ascent.  Even if it is only 10 or 15 feet that is a huge pressure change.  The purpose of Hookah is to have a continuous supply of air.  If you do not like wearing a BCD try a Back plate and harness, very simple set up.


Been using a surface fed air supply for over 7 years with no problems.

Only to depths of 10 to 30 feet though. [one particular wreck site]

Ours is a makeshift DIY jobbie, two bottles linked together with first stages and a couple of lengths of diving hose.
Boat is always positioned over the dive area so minimum amount of hose required.

Depending on the work load, depends how long your air will last.

You will most probably need to come out of the water for a pee long before your air supply runs out.

Besides you will be coming back to the boat on a number of occasions for tools/lift bags/metal detectors etc,
So plenty of opportunity to get your oppo to check air levels.

Obviously this type of diving is for the more experienced so a quick assent through lack of air is not a problem.

I find without the bottles on my back I am able to carry out tasks that would be impossible with tanks, such as investigating through small openings, under large boulders etc.

Once you get use to the air hose, it is a great way to dive.


Posted on: 18-08-2011, 21:48:27

Here’s one of my more attractive recovered artefacts, using the SDDE [surface demand diving equipment].

I would have had no chance of recovery with tanks on my back, as the opening was only just big enough
for the diver to squeeze through.

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