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A bottom cleaners Hookah

What do you think of this

One of the bottom Cleaners has this setup for boat cleaning, he has a Husky 1.5 gallon air compressor, the hose goes from the compressor, thru a water seperator filter, then thru another disposable filter ( maybe a charcoal filter ) before going to the divers regulator.

I kept my eye on him while working on the boat as he spent about 1.5 hrs doing a couple boats. In between boats I asked him about his setup and how it worked, he said he's been using the same getup for ten yrs without brain damage ( his words ) and he feels its a perfect setup for bottom cleaning only ( not diving ) So whatya think, is this a crazy man contraption, (Though it did seem to work well ), can you think of a better way to build this ? He said the whole deal cost him about 250.00
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The second disposable filter is probably one to catch particulates and air-borne oil droplets, since he isn't using an oilless compressor.

The way he has it built is pretty typical. I wouldn't be using a standard air compressor...
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I've always wondered why a long hose, with a check valve and a mouth piece wouldn't work.
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Sorry wrong thread - with a name like this, I'd thought I'd find Smacker loitering here

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Once your about four feet down, most people don't have a strong enough diaphragm to fight the pressure of the water compressing the chest...and then you can't breathe in..
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I've always wondered why a long hose, with a check valve and a mouth piece wouldn't work.
Because, below 8-10 inches, the water pressure on the ribs is too much to breath in.
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The second disposable filter is probably one to catch particulates and air-borne oil droplets, since he isn't using an oilless compressor.

The way he has it built is pretty typical. I wouldn't be using a standard air compressor...
I just looked up the specs on this AC and it is a oil free compressor; I really thought this idea was gonna get hammered as a bad idea that makes the Darwin list, but I guess it isn't all that different than a regular hookah, just not as compact
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The dock divers are using similar setups up here too. Cart it down, plug it in to the customer's electric box and jump in the water. No tanks to get inspected and no trips back and forth to the dive shop for more bubbles.
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If you think about it...in the long run, it'd be alot cheaper than having to re-fill tanks...especially on jobs that are more time intensive...since a hookah rig has a much longer duration for your time spent at 6' down...
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Auto body shops have been using filtered air compressed by a regular oil fed compressor for clean air in a spraybooth for years. Many manufacturers offer a belt mounted filter/regulator assembly for not a lot of money. The technology is there and well tested over a large group of users. Sounds like a good idea except for the bottom cleaning part- I did that once...


With a setup like described I'd be really careful about exhaust fumes, things could get screwy!
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