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Old 12-28-2007
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Replacement Green thing in SOSpenders auto PFD.

Well, it didn't take long. I was going over my PFD and reading the instructions when the little green plug, that keeps the system from activating, broke. Now the pull cord and the stainless lever flop around. Do I need to buy a complete new recharge kit when all I need is another green break away clip? If not, where can I find just the green clip?

I know I'll probably get flamed for this, but what's the downside to using tape to hold the lever in place? When I pull on the cord the tape breaks away w/ approximately the same effort? Does the same thing right?
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spend the $20 and get a new kit, not worth being a candidate for the Darwin award unless that is your intent...or just throw the thing away and do with out.

If you tape it, the end result will be the same no service guaranteed when your life may depend on it.

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I wouldn't tape it. Seems to me that part shouldn't break from just playing around with the vest. I'd be inclined to call SOSpenders and tell then what happened and see if they'll send you one for free or at least for cheap.

PS, it doesn't hurt to have a re-arm kit handy.
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I wouldn't tape it.. you can't be sure the tape will let go when you need it to. Having a cheap re-arm kit is a good idea...
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i would write to Sospenders. They sent me a set of green tabs for free this past spring.
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I'd also ask SOSpenders, I'd bet they'd send you one for free.

In the meantime I'd probably put a rubber band around the lever to keep it from pulling down accidentally. Easy enough to break that if you DO need to use them manually. If you're not sailing this week...I'd still tape or rubber band it to prevent an accident, and remove the CO2 cartridge for normal "storage" anyway. That way if the tablet breaks (and they do sometimes) you only need a new tablet, not a new CO2 cartridge as well.
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West Marine sells them on their site as do others. I did the same thing and was able to order a bag of 6 of the green things for little $.
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