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How Jacked Is This Housing? (salvageable?)

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Found what I considered a pretty good deal on ebay for a 5 year old Nauticam housing and macro port ($1100 all-in). Lots of exterior photos which showed some moderate wear and tear but nothing too bad. The housing arrived today and holy moly it was GAROSSSS inside. The o-ring looks like it was never changed? The o-ring seat is COVERED in grease (looks like the put a whole tube of silicon lube on at once and then never again - stained white all around). Lots of brown spotting, the on/off switch for the moisture detector shows signs of rust and there is a weird reddish brown gunk inside.

I don't have any experience in cleaning up and servicing housings, so I am asking for quick opinions if this is worth keeping if the seller would cover the costs for service / re-haul at Backscatter.

Pics here : https://imgur.com/a/RnQnis0

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You are in LA?  Why not call into Blue Water photo and ask for an opinion, They are in Culver City.  I have called in there a couple of times and they have been very helpful  - you want to check if the vacuum electronics are working if they are not there is $$ there to replace.  I would think it would need a complete disassembly and service to allow you to clean all the gunk out. 

Find out out how much a complete overhaul would be and see if that cost plus the housing price would still be reasonable.

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Not a bad idea! But as far as I am aware, they do not service equipment. However Backscatter in Monterey, CA does. I do have an e-mail with photos out to them asking for opinions. Spoke to the seller and they agreed to cover charges for the service (which is sort of relieving)

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That's good;  the vacuum electronics is $170 https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwixv8eutZ3mAhUB7XMBHe1bAoIQFjAAegQIBBAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nauticam.com%2Fproducts%2Fvacuum-detection-moisture-alarm-pcb-set-incl-on-off-switch-and-mount-buzzer-moisture-sensor-battery-holder-and-4-colour-led-2-batteries-incl&usg=AOvVaw38prwahy59JVFt-iVFdPJr

If that requires replacing it'll add to the cost.   Always better to see the thing in person and play with all the controls to help decide, thats why I suggested taking it to Bluewater as it's relatively close.  If there is corrosion on the o-ring seating surfaces for instance that may junk the housing potentially.  You can test the leak alarm by wetting your finger and touching the contacts to see if that works.

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Looks like it had a small leak.

You can send in the housing for a rebuild.

+replacing any bad electronics

It looks a lot like my housing after a small leak.

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I would bypass the middle man and send it straight to nauticam. They will change all the internal orings.  Just be ready for about $500 service /parts charge.

 

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