I kind of did the same. I wanted a beach strap attachment point, focus light attachment point and a decent handle so I bent some band aluminium and attached it to the top of my existing tray. Work out well and only $7.
popadiys, you might want to make a box instead of a U shape and connect the ends of the box. It will be much more sturdy and my aluminium is very flexible and would wobble underwater. The box also adds the attachment points I was looking for in mine.
I concur with everyone and making my own lanyard is the way to go. I also use beech straps which are very helpful. The beech straps are only used for entry and exits on shore dives or ladders. The lanyard is always attached to my bc.
We wish that some American habits and expectations weren't spreading worldwide, but they are. Diving operations worldwide are coming to expect US behaviour. We effete and decadent Europeans can't keep up...
... yet it's the bosses that screw the little guy, not the customers.
I personally wish it was the same everywhere and tipping was not an additional consideration, but unfortunately in many cultures tipping is a significant portion of a service person's living wage.
As a New Yorker I agree, tips should be for Superior service, not the paycheck for the wait staff. Add a few bucks to every meal and pay the staff fair.
Good point- I have Inon strobes myself and as you I do use a little extra silicone grease on them to make sure the o-rings don't 'bind'
I guess it depends on which o-rings we are talking, I think for the main housing o-ring there will not be a risk of 'binding' since its a squeeze-fit between o-ring and a straight surface, at least on my Aquatica.
So i guess you have seen the same o-ring U shaped snag as me. :-)
I know this is not the same, but I have serviced quite a few (+100) regulators, and used many different types of silicone grease on the same Scubapro o-rings, however I never had problems with leaking 1'st stages or deformed o-rings and here we are talking about a pressure equal of 2000m depth. For sure it can be different with a camera o-ring, maybe one of the super-geeks out there have something to say about it?
I use different silicone and i do not see the difference. My point was what silicone was for, not if it makes a difference(excuse me for not making that clear). I use Sea&Sea, INON, and Triton with all my gear.
The difference between the camera and a reg is that the reg is put together once and not again until the next service(hopefully). A camera case is opened and closed on every dive or 2 to change the batteries. On my inon strobes, I have had it when i did not use enough silicon(should always be used sparingly) and the friction caused the o-ring to get caught between cap and the strobe and not have a good seal. You are able to see this on the inon strobe very well before you jump in.