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10-08-2014 05:02 PM
denverd0n
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

Well, I'm not going to lay out a complete tutorial on how to build one, but in essence a hookah system is pretty simple. You're just pumping air down to a diver, rather than having him carry it on his back. You have a compressor on the surface feeding a hose that goes down to the diver.

The critical parts, safety-wise, are an oil-less compressor, hose that is specifically rated for breathing through, and intake air that is not contaminated (position the intake so that it is not sucking exhaust, filter it properly). The critical thing for the user to know is that you ARE breathing compressed air (despite what sandboy has said) and that for that reason you really MUST get proper training (usually by taking a SCUBA class).
10-08-2014 03:10 PM
Andrew65
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

Fair enough. No worries.
10-08-2014 03:08 PM
Fstbttms
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

I don't have the time or inclination to give you a tutorial on hookahs. Do your own legwork. I suggest you try looking at the web sites of hookah sellers. You'll find that there is nothing special about them.
10-08-2014 02:50 PM
Andrew65
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

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Originally Posted by Fstbttms View Post
Being a SCUBA instructor clearly doesn't make one an expert on building hookah rigs. Anybody reading this is 100% capable of putting together a safe, reliable hookah unit that is essentially identical to anything commercially available to recreational divers. Hookahs are not high-tech pieces of equipment that require special knowledge to build. They are simple devices and even the most expensive of them are built of off-the-shelf components that are readily available to you and me.
If I've come acrossed trying to sound an expert because I have my instructor card, it wasn't my intention. I like a good dumpster dive for discarded items I can use on my boat, but I just feel DIYing certain stuff isn't worth the risk.

Ok, you've got my attention. This thread has gone a lot of different ways (as usual on SN ) and reading your qualifications, would respectfully hear how you would build one.

How would you build one (parts and details please), thus summarizing this thread and pulling it together for the DIYer?

Andrew
10-08-2014 02:07 PM
Fstbttms
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

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Being a dive instructor of 20+ years, it scares me to think you DIYers can beat the odds and just build one.
Being a SCUBA instructor clearly doesn't make one an expert on building hookah rigs. Anybody reading this is 100% capable of putting together a safe, reliable hookah unit that is essentially identical to anything commercially available to recreational divers. Hookahs are not high-tech pieces of equipment that require special knowledge to build. They are simple devices and even the most expensive of them are built of off-the-shelf components that are readily available to you and me.
10-08-2014 01:52 PM
Andrew65
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

Gentlemen,

Being a dive instructor of 20+ years, it scares me to think you DIYers can beat the odds and just build one. The extended hose from a tank to scrub a hull, ok. Check your time and stay within it. No brainer. Anything else is playing with borrowed time. if you are however inclinded to go that route, join DAN (for the safety sake) after taking a basic dive course. It is more eyeopening with a good instructor than you think. I emphasize good instructor because there are a lot of sheet heads out there too. If you dont want to take a course, then buy the divers encyclopedia for the content and read it.

Like in riding a motorcycle, If you have a 10 dollar head, then buy a 10 dollar helmet. Dive gear and knowledge is the same. Go with proven items and enjoy yourself instead of wondering the whole time if you have ethnically rigged it all up right.

Andrew
10-02-2014 01:22 AM
aeventyr60
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

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Originally Posted by dlt123me View Post
Because of this thread, I decided to register as a new member. I have to say, I have been considering building one of these Hookahs, but after reading the common sense and cautions here it has given me some second thoughts. I think I might consider buying from a reputable Hookah company. Money well spent in my opinion.

I am also going to take a scuba class just to learn what I am in store for if I decide to do Hookah diving. I may not go for certification, but want the knowledge.

Thanks all, both misinformed and informed for making this thread very interesting.

Dennis
Good for you on taking the Scuba class. It will lead you to another world. As far as the hookah goes...Since you will be a certified diver any way...just get a Scuba tank, a first and 2nd stage regulator with about 30 feet of hose. This way you can just leave the tank on deck or in your dinghy and use a safe, reliable source of air. Much easier then carting around another device....
10-02-2014 12:22 AM
dlt123me
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

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Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
Amazing. You really haven't got the first clue about air pressure, breathing compressed air, and so on. Seriously. You need to enroll yourself in a grade school level science class. You are so wrong on so many levels in what you believe about this that it is just incredible to me.

Oh, and, I don't for a moment believe that you have actually tested the purity of the air that you are breathing. I call complete BS on that one!

Most importantly, though, again, PLEASE! For anyone else who is reading this, DO NOT BELIEVE THE NONSENSE BEING POSTED BY SANDBOY!!! He does not know what he is talking about. He and his friends are putting themselves at serious risk. Anytime that you are breathing air below the surface of the water, you ARE breathing compressed air. This can be dangerous. As fstbttms has said, you REALLY need to get some SCUBA training, in order to understand the dangers, before doing something like this.
Because of this thread, I decided to register as a new member. I have to say, I have been considering building one of these Hookahs, but after reading the common sense and cautions here it has given me some second thoughts. I think I might consider buying from a reputable Hookah company. Money well spent in my opinion.

I am also going to take a scuba class just to learn what I am in store for if I decide to do Hookah diving. I may not go for certification, but want the knowledge.

Thanks all, both misinformed and informed for making this thread very interesting.

Dennis
09-26-2014 03:50 PM
pdqaltair
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

What I have learned from Sandboys posts is that he never breaths perhaps his physiology is different or physics are different I can not say but I doubt the equipment would work for me without (gasp) considerable exersize of surgical alteration but perhaps I am looking at this all wrong (gasp).
09-26-2014 11:56 AM
denverd0n
Re: DIY - discussion on building a DIY hookah diving compressor

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...everything will work just fine assuming that op knows general dive procedures.
Which he very obviously does not, and obstinately REFUSES to learn! He keeps insisting that he is NOT breathing compressed air. Anybody with half a brain, or a grade school level of science education, would know that he IS, in fact, breathing compressed air. But he prefers to be delusional.

He more than deserves every bit of criticism that he is getting.

As I said before, my bigger worry is that someone else will read this, believe his idiocy, and think that they are not breathing compressed air when using a system like this.
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