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#1 ScubaFinland

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

How often do I need to get my housing (Hugyfot) serviced? I've changed regularly the main o-ring but I'm concerned of those little o-rings the control buttons have.
I had the housing serviced 4 years and about 400 dives ago. Should I sent it to the factory?

#2 AndyBarker

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

Hi
I would say follow the housing manufacturers guidelines, this would give you peace of mind that every thing is as it should be.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

used my Aquatica housing for about 1000 dives before I got it fully serviced and the o rings where still is good shape. Although during that period I did service 4 buttons myself as they got stuck.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:03 AM

It varies a lot between brands. I own two brands of housing. One I've never had to have serviced and one has needed TLC much more regularly. If you live near you dealer, pop and see the (or at the next show you attend) and try a new housing. If it feels different from yours it is worth a service.

I've just had some old Nikon bodies serviced and while it is not cheap, it left me thinking why don't I do this more regularly. They really feel like new again.

In the old Hugyfot days (when they were German) they would even repaint your housing at the service - so it really came back looking brand new.

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#5 jander4454

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:43 AM

I have a Nauticam NEX-5 housing and had it serviced after 300 dives. After it came back from China it was nearly as good as new; it felt much better and the controls were sweeter to operate, and they had replaced the scratched back window - a bonus. I think it is as much about how clean (well rinsed) you can keep it after and between dives.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

I replaced the push button o-rings on my Aquatica myself earlier this year, and the o-rings that came out were a lot flatter than the o-rings that went in. It didn't feel any different to dive with but I felt happier for having done it.