I was able to get from Sea & Sea / Tusa the phone # for Devon Thompkins
at the newly opened Pacific Housing Repair (831) 751-3885. He assured me that the problem is a
minor repair, can do later, and has nothing to do with the "O ring" integrity.
True enough, I just made a dive in a new site here in Lembeh with good results. The camera goes on & off fine no taping needed.
But once again drew, you are right, a kit of spares should be added to my list of stock gear, besides the
o-ring package. So, today from lice on a sponge to wide angle shots, I was able to capture it all.
Housing systems are like family, you never want to put them at risk. Being able, once again, to get help from WETPIXEL
and Sea & Sea responding immediately with the contact info was huge. It helps that I am teaching u/w video here and reminded Sea & Sea
that I am using their housing as an example of a flexible system (c/u - w/a).
I also made the issue part of the class, by showing the students the WETPIXEL site on a big screen, and how from beginner to advanced it is an excellent resource.
I pointed to Drew and said he will most likely respond. So the whole episode is a learning experience for all, and the students potential issues in the future. Only one
of 10 knew about WETPIXEL before, so now they are tuned in.
Lemons to lemonade.
Thanks again Drew!
BTW: if I unscrewed some small screw it would end up bouncing somewhere out of sight, so I try to operate within my limitations.
If you are not willing to do exploration into the housing and field repairs, then gaffer tape the switch to ON and just use the housing. IF the o-ring is intact and the rod isn't broken, it shouldn't leak. Fix it when you get back. I've had lanc boards fail before on S&S and using reflective material, I just reflected the IR signal to the camera for a functional housing. You don't need a spare housing. Spare parts are easier to carry and often do the job. Spare o-rings not just for the bulkhead but various little moving parts around the housing are always good. If S&S USA doesn't want to help, approach dealers overseas to buy spare parts. S&S Japan is notorious for being slow on parts since they only indent during certain parts of the year.