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Poll: 30-day 3-ring maint.
Every 30 days 33 / 24%
Every once in a while 55 / 39%
I let my rigger do it 23 / 16%
I hope my rigger does it 20 / 14%
Huh? 9 / 6%
140 total votes
 
Hooknswoop  (D License)

May 14, 2003, 7:47 PM
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Ho often do you clean your cutaway cables and flex your 3-rings?

Hook


Kris  (D 26033)

May 14, 2003, 7:50 PM
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In reply to:
Ho often do you clean your cutaway cables and flex your 3-rings?

Every 30-days, no questions.


Michele  (B 26874)

May 14, 2003, 7:57 PM
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I voted HUH because I am now just learning about gear. Finally I have a container that I need to learn how to maintain properly...and appreciate these forums and their information even more!

Ciels-
Michele


skygod7777  (D 24081)

May 14, 2003, 7:58 PM
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once a month. most of the time. it has gone 2 or 2 1/2 before, but most of the time once a month.

later


Premier PhreeZone  (D License)
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May 14, 2003, 8:03 PM
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All winter when the rig is sitting under my Ski stuff i don't even touch it... once i start jumping every month. Less now that I'm swaping canopies every few jumps.


hookitt  (D License)

May 14, 2003, 8:10 PM
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30 days give or take a few. I also use my rig regularly to teach students how the 3-ring works.
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AggieDave  (D License)

May 14, 2003, 8:15 PM
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Every 30 days, like clock work.Cool


masher  (D 3806)

May 14, 2003, 8:57 PM
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Ditto Michele.

I haven't got a rig yet, but I do know about the 30 day cycle...


guesswhere  (B 25973)

May 14, 2003, 9:42 PM
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hmmm... i just bought a rig that was apparently "pencil whipped", so i don't even know when the last time the reserve was repacked (before last week, when i had it repacked) was, it _seems_ it was sometime in 2000-2001... now that i own it, i assure you it will be more often tho.


ixlr82  (C 33491)

May 14, 2003, 9:52 PM
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Serious question. Is doing it at repack time not enough? And why? That's all I've done so far, but I want to be reasonably safe.


rgoper  (C 32349)

May 14, 2003, 11:52 PM
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every 30 days whether they need it or not.


nacmacfeegle  (D 11004)

May 15, 2003, 12:09 AM
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Clean my what? Flex huh?
During jumping season every 4 weeks, off season (or when I am away, or not jumping for any reason) when the beastie is sat on top of the wardrobe, nope. I don't touch it, but I will 'pre-season' check the beastie every time after such a layoff, which includes the riser maintenance, amongst other things, which I won't mention in order to stimulate some thoughts and discussion on this.Cool.


SkydiveMonkey  (B 102345)

May 15, 2003, 2:18 AM
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Start of every month Smile


ernokaikkonen  (D 12)

May 15, 2003, 3:44 AM
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Blush Every time I pack my reserve or swap canopies in my rig. I guess I should start doing it more often.


Premier Tonto  (D 515)
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May 15, 2003, 5:31 AM
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Maybe every 6 months, maybe longer. I chop a lot - never had a hard cutaway, do around 400 dives a year, dont fall over and get dirt in my stuff and replace risers every 500 jumps as recomended.

t


rushmc  (No License)

May 15, 2003, 5:32 AM
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I let my rigger do it! But then, I am my riggerSly


floormonkey  (D License)

May 15, 2003, 7:34 AM
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I spin my 3-rings before every load. Flex my 3-ring about once every two weeks or more often. Clean my cable at least once a month, if not more. It takes less then 2 minutes to do the entire system.


TequilaGirl  (C 32240)

May 15, 2003, 7:55 AM
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You want to be "reasonably safe".....Please tell me you are kidding.....


Yoshi  (D 26770)

May 15, 2003, 10:49 AM
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i HOPE MY RIGGER DOES IT:):) I do swap canopies from time to time and (knock on wood) havent biffed in the dirt, so I usually let my rigget do it....Ill prob start a little more often now though..this post has peaked my interest
-yoshi


rigging65  (D 21921)

May 15, 2003, 11:18 AM
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I spin my 3-rings before every load.

You know, there is actually some credible evidence that that's a bad idea. The theory goes that the oils on your fingers aren't the best thing in the world for the webbing in the first place. Additionally, the dirt that gets on the rings/webbing sticks to the oil and creates a sandpaper-effect on the chafing strip inside the #2 ring fold.

I read a report on this a while back, and basically what it said was that you're really not doing much for yourself by spinning the rings, but you could be negatively effecting the life of your risers by doing so. I'll see if I can't dig up the article.

Incidentally, you're supposed to replace your risers every 400 jumps (along with your p/c), so this would probably reduce the amount of wear caused by this sandpaper thingy, but why do it if it's not helping?

Flexing the risers is important so they don't take a set and have problems unfolding when called upon...for anyone out there that didn't know.Wink


Premier billvon  (D 16479)
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May 15, 2003, 11:24 AM
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Once per repack, once every time I switch canopies, once whenever I think about it. It averages out to every 60 days. My backup rig gets done once every 120 days, but that one only gets jumped maybe 5 times during that period and spends the rest of the time on the shelf in the gear room.


Unstable  (D 28930)

May 15, 2003, 11:28 AM
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      This is something that just like a reserve repack, simply needs to happen. It takes 2 minutes, and i have never failed to to it.

if you don't do your 3 ring service, get with the ball Unimpressed

sds


tosca

May 15, 2003, 12:50 PM
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My rigger cleans the cutaway wires when I repack (2-3 times/year). I have never thought of doing that more often before, maybe I should, but is that needed? I checked my wires now, they didn┤t seem to be dirty at all (after 4 months). Or are we talking about dirt that I can┤t se with my eyes?

I flex the three rings when I change to another canopy, which I do rather often at the moment. And I flex them if I just waiting for the sun to start shining if I have nothing else to do. Or if I realize that I haven┤t done it in a couple of weeks. I don┤t count the days though.


Michele  (B 26874)

May 16, 2003, 6:19 AM
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if you don't do your 3 ring service, get with the ball
I'm learning, I'm learning...

Btw, Hooknswoop, that information you pm'd me was most excellent for this here newbie. I would suggest that anyone who's just getting gear and not terribly sure what to do pm Hook and ask nicely if he'd be willing to send it to you, as well. Quite informative!

Ciels-
Michele


CanuckInUSA  (D 26396)

May 16, 2003, 7:26 AM
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I usually remember to do my 30-day three ring maintenance because the person who started this thread (Hooknswoop) is also my current rigger. So he's not only has he told me to do it, but he also occasionally handles my rig and can tell if I'm cleaning my cutaway cables or not. Angelic


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