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Old 09-28-2007, 08:10 AM
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my leading edge on my 2005 contra seems to have a small leak, it just wont stay fully inflated. Is there a way to check the valves without removing the bladder(sumerge in pool I would imagine). Any tips for bladder repair would help.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:40 AM
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Soapy water to check the valves.

Your ear to find the pinhole...you'll hear it.

Stick a patch on it.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:54 AM
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you dont have to remove the bladder to change the valve.....
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:58 AM
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Before you do that, clean out that dump/inflate valve real well.
Where you screw it in, sometimes small bits of sand get in there and cause the seal to leak, slowly.

That might save you a major headache if that's the actual problem.

BigR, does that kite have that valve? I am assuming.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:05 AM
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Yes the contra has a screw in dump inflate valve that constantly gets sand in it.

I always clean mine religiously just B 4 inflating the kite each session.

If its the valve and NOT the bladder then clean it out, problem solved
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:15 AM
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big valve seems to be leaking slowly cleaned valve and still leaking slowly where you screw the valve together. what should i do to seal the valve better, silicon or something like that.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:29 AM
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Try to make a determination if it is the valve itself OR if it the valve seal to the bladder which is leaking.

I would not use silicon or oil just water to seal the valve itself as the solvents in these hydrocarbon based mixtures might do more harm than good.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:35 AM
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try some thread tape.. see if that helps..
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:07 PM
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If you come to the conclusion that it is the valve itself and not the valve to bladder seal then you can easily replace it with a new one by just pulling the o ring out from around its groove and getting a new valve
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:09 PM
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Pure silicone grease is safe ... no petroleum products.

You can buy this from a dive shop.

...but it attracts sand and will only make the problem worse over time...

Teflon tape would work but annoying to do every time.

Why a threaded plug anyway? That seems like a really silly design for a sandy beach!
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