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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Forgive my ignorance Englander but, when weighing the cartridge and the net weight is the same as the stamped weight on the bottle, has it leaked?
    Everything else is in a pristine condition (I've had the jacket 5 years without the need to use it).

    Please forgive my Homer Simpson moment. Doh!

    Ernie

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Brilliant post, just checked both my Wavehopper and England jacket. Both fine, gives a bit of re-assurance. Thanks for the reminder - it could be a life saver.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    At the very least the jacket should be returned to the manufacturer every other year for a full service. They should also get once-over every time they are worn.

    NEVER wear it under other clothing unless you fancy busted ribs.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    finally got round to it , lifejacket inflated - reassuring .
    Hidden Content in the year of our lord 1314 , patriots of scotland , starving and outnumbered , charged the fields of bannockburn . they fought like warrior poets . they fought like scotsmen . and won their freedom . forever .

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    Quote Originally Posted by maharg View Post
    I bought an automatic vest for my daughter and when I checked it at home the gas cylinder was 5 years out of date!!!!!!

    You can imagine my rage when I took it back to the retailer.
    He then said it wasn't his problem and refered me to the makers.
    Feckk that said I, you replace it.
    That particulair model was out of date and no longer available he informed me.
    "well you will just have to upgrade it for me" said I.
    He mumped and groaned until I lost the rag and was going to stick one on his chin.
    The manufacturers got in touch and sent me a brand new up to date one.
    It's your right to ask the retailer to exchange it, or to refund your money and he's duty bound in law to do so. It comes under the "Not fit for the purpose it was designed for". It's not for you to sort it out with the manufacturer...it's the retailers. Never let yourself get pushed around by the seller. You bought it from them and it's they who are responsible for dealing with goods that don't meet the necessary requirements.

    Well done for standing your ground. (should have just decked him)

    Steve.
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  6. #16
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Gas Cylinders generally have a weight stamped on them but that is its empty weight not its full weight.
    I base this on my diving cylinders where the known weight is important to know for buoyancy reasons as you generally add lead weight to a belt for diving.
    The Gas cylinder or manufactures documentation should define the markings and their meaning.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Strange.I was under the impression that the stamped weight on the lifejacket cylinder was it's full sealed weight.Am now confused.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    Strange.I was under the impression that the stamped weight on the lifejacket cylinder was it's full sealed weight.Am now confused.

    Jim
    Of course it is Jim.

    There would be little point in weighing cylinders otherwise?

    Anyone that tells you the model's out of date is also likely to be fibbing.

    All life jackets in the UK will have readily available cylinders usually 33g or 38g CO2 and the firing mechanism bobbins will either by UML, Halkey Roberts or Hammar
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  9. #19

    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    It is also worth giving life jackets from a fishery the once over, before wearing them, as it is not unknown for them to be damaged. I have heard of one, where when checked there was no gas cylinder at all. Apparently they are occasionally nicked by unscrupulous characters who don't want to pay for a replacement.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quite a lot of fisheries supply l/js these days and require you to wear theirs instead of your own. Under those circumstances I always check them over and also look for the last service date which should be written on the label inside the jacket. If it isn't there or the date is more than a year old I refuse to wear the l/j and demand another one. My view is that they require me to wear their l/js so therefore they have a duty of care to provide me with serviceable equipment.

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