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Our standard stainless steel cylinders clamps are typical of those widely used in diving applications and will meet the needs of most divers. However, over-tightening most ordinary clamps by applying maximum effort with a hand screwdriver, it is possible to either break the grooves on the band or rupture the worm drive housing. Our tests of the high-torque stainless steel cylinder clamps found no amount of hand screwdriver torque was able to cause them to fail. This does not mean that it is impossible to over-tighten the high-torque versions enough to break the clamp; it is just much more difficult. The disadvantages of the high-torque clamps are the worm drive assembly and band thickness are larger than typical, plus the prices are more than double the prices of the standard clamps.
A common misconception among divers is that stainless steel does not corrode at all. There are various types of stainless steel, each with different corrosion properties, that make a specific grade more or less suited to a particular application. All diving products made of stainless steel must receive some basic care to help minimize corrosion, more information is available in our StainLESS does not mean StainPROOF Tek-Tip.

Yes. Shock cord, surgical tubing, and nylon webbing are all priced and ordered in units of {1 ft | 30 cm}, but we would look pretty foolish if we actually shipped it in little pieces. Orders of cord and webbing up to {50 ft | 15 m} are shipped as one continuous piece. Surgical tubing is different; tubing orders up to {10 ft | 3 m} are shipped as one continuous piece. For example, if you want a continuous length of ten feet or three meters, order ten units.

If you need a large amount of the cord or tubing, we also sell it in bulk rolls at a better price.

Yes, that is the primary application for which we sell it. Our {2 in  | 5 cm} wide nylon webbing is the typical thickness and easy to weave, well suited for use in backplate harness rigging. We call it Goldilocks harness webbing because it's not too stiff, it's not too soft, it is just right. If purchasing webbing for a backplate continuous harness, purchase {15 ft | 4.6 m}. If you will also be making your own crotch strap, then purchase {20 ft | 6 m}.

Assembly screws are also called "book screws" or "sex bolts", and are available in both metal and plastic versions. Years ago our suppliers used to include a metal set with their wings and later switched to a plastic set, but have not included either for a long time because most experienced divers don't bother to use them.

The plastic assembly screws can be used to attach the wing directly to a hard metal backplate when rigged for a single tank without a single tank adapter. Note that this function is just cosmetic, omitting the assembly screws does not cause a problem. Without the assembly screws, when the BCD is taken off a single tank, the wing will hang loose on the cam straps.

The metal assembly screws can be used to attach accessories to the holes on edges of metal backplates, but in our opinion the plastic ones actually work better. Don't be concerned about the strength of plastic vs metal; the plastic version is plenty strong for these applications plus they are not subject to galvanic action and don't cause wear on materials rubbing against them.

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