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Mares Abyss Reg Issue
charstew - 5/11/2009 10:25 AM
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Mares Abyss Reg IssueOver the weekend I dove with my Abyss Reg set at Fantasy Lake. My octopus is also an abyss with a yellow purge button. As it happens to all of us my octo fell out of its keeper and it was dragging a bit in the sand.

It had small grains of sand between the purge button and metal ring. Of course the purge button is on a spring to allow it to return to closed after purge. The sand had lodged the metal ring loose and popped it off. This metal ring also holds the diaphragm protection screen on. After looking at it I could not believe how it was made.

This metal ring has two small indentions that go into the plastic and that is all that holds the thing on. If you have and abyss just look at it, press the purge button down and you will see the two small dents that hold the ring and screen on. I couldn’t believe how poorly this was made after all of the good things I heard of the Mares Abyss. How did I fix it? I added more indentions with a hammer and nail after taking it apart and of course removing the diaphragm and purge button. so that I wouldn’t damage them. I thought at least they could have made the metal ring screw into the plastic.

Perhaps this is designed to pop off in the event your purge button gets stuck. I don’t know why else they would have made this thing like this. I thought of adding some silicone to the ring to hold it but I was afraid of modifications that would cause it to further malfunction. Any suggestions? I would like to order the front cover assembly and just replace it. If you know where you can get this le me know..




Mavricky - 9/04/2012 8:23 PM
Wow I just found this while doing a search. Bill, I see you remember what the navy teached you? If it don’t work hit it with a hammer. If it still don’t work??? Yup, get a bigger hammer :)

DeepAddiction - 7/16/2009 9:39 AM
I have the Abyss 22 Regulator as well. I haven’t had any probelms to date and haven’t been notified of a Manufacturer Recall under my warranty. I’ll will definately look at mine. If you hear anything or come up with a better solution, please post it or drop me line.
nauidiver - 5/12/2009 11:05 AM
Bill -

That sucks dude! I don’t think I would put silicone on it. I think I would call them first & ask them if there having issues with that from other customers and what they recommend doing to fix the problem. I have not checked into it or anything but they may even have a recall on that reg if there having a lot of issues with it. Whatever happens with it in the end, if you would let me know what happened as far as a fix to your problem once you get it fixed so that I can inform divers on how to repair if I’m asked down the road.

- Dale