HangGoose: The Evolution of a Design?

I am a SCUBA diver, licensed for 40Meters (~130 Feet) with IANTD Advanced Nitrox endorsements, and ultimately I aim to get up to Trimix rebreathers, but that is still a ways off. Anyway, with SCUBA, it is imperative you keep your gear in top condition and more so with mixed gas and technical diving as a failure at depth can easily be fatal.

Wetsuits, drysuits and the other protective equipment such as the booties, hoods and gloves retain water, (drysuit as the name suggests, doesn’t but it still is wet externally) are central to the safe (and comfortable) diving in the area I live, and for maintenance it is imperative to dry these out properly to maximise the life of them it does this by helping prevent mould or other nasties growing inside the equipment.

Most people put their wetsuits on a normal coat hanger style device to dry them out. This, however is not so good for the equipment as the added weight of the water, in the case of some wetsuits is quite a bit (in my case its about 5KG of water is retained by the suit) and this puts extra strain on the shoulders of the suit where it is hung on a conventional hanger, leading over time to weakening and degradation, and over time failure of the materials in this area of the wetsuit.

This is where the HangGoose comes in, hangs the wetsuit at its waistline putting the area of support for the suit over a larger area thereby causing less strain on any one section of the suit. This is evident through simple logic as if a suit hung by its shoulders at lets say 10KG (weight of the suit plus the weight of the water) then all 10KG is hanging below (and on) the shoulders with all the weight pulling in one direction. Conversely if we hang it at its midpoint then whilst the 10KG is still putting downward strain on the wetsuit, due to it having two downward points there is only half the strain and weight of the suit on any one point as they are balanced on the HangGoose, thereby reducing the amount of strain experienced by the suit which in turn extends its useful life. The other benefit of the midpoint hanging is that you have two “low points” allowing the water to drain (under gravity) from both the upper and lower half of the suits simultaneously, and with only having half the distance to travel the water drains quicker, drying the suit quicker.

The HangGoose, as shown below this is really nothing more than a fancy coat hanger, but this one is designed for surfers mainly. However many people are using it for SCUBA wetsuits as well, as the wetsuits involved are similar enough (generally they are just thicker) that it suits that purpose.

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Now Recently I was sent an email stating that the price of the HangGoose would go up at the end of that month, considering that with the falling Australian Dollar, and the fact I was looking at getting a Drysuit so I could dive a little more comfortably during the winter period, I decided to grab one before the price went up, nothing unusual there. What did catch me by surprise though was the fact that when it arrived a week or so later, the design had changed considerably.

This is what I first saw when I got it out of the box;

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A bit of a change in this version hey…


Now as shown in the first set of pictures the design for the HangGoose was and is purely functional, some pieces of reclaimed teak, or at least the original was claimed that it was (something about floorboards if I recall correctly), the site now claims that it is heirloom quality teak. The new design has changed from this “chunky” original design, to a new design on the suit hanging area that is more rounded, I was taken a bit aback by this considering that the original design as above is still predominantly featured on their home page, and yes whilst the new design is in the photo gallery I did not look at that, as I had no need to see it being used as I had one.

Below is a side by side comparison of the two HangGoose wetsuit areas:

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As you can see the design has changed to a more “elegant” rounded one, and whilst I like the original, I do believe that the new design will provide a better support to the wetsuit or drysuit hung off it, all in all I am happy with the new design.

All in All I love both my HangGoose’s (HangGeese?) and I highly recommend them

Product Review: Rifle Rods

I have been thinking about doing this review for a while, but had not got up to doing it…. until now.

As you may have inferred from previous posts, I am a shooter, and considering where I live (Australia, for those who have not worked it out from the domain) I do have a rather extensive, and expensive collection of longarms (well for Australia at least), and as with any hobby, space is always at a premium. Due to this, and the fact I have plans to double my collection over time, I had to find space to fit more into the (do more with less anyone??). Considering I already had two safes, one being used to store ammunition and the other the firearms themselves, as to comply with Australian law, I had to get as much into the Hy-Skor (Hyskor) HSCH2 (a 30 longarm safe) as possible. As anyone who has had a firearms safe with any type of modern scoped rifle in it, can attest there is no way you can fit the stated capacity in the safe as it is (if I am to believe what I am told) based on how many shotguns, specifically over/under shotguns it can fit, not rifles.

So it is with this starting situation I start looking for solutions, as it happens someone else at the time over at Shooting.com.au (No longer a forum) was looking for something called Rifle Rods (available through Store More Guns) them, and I saw the thread and my interest was piqued. After some research I decided to purchase some on my trip to the US in December 2012/January 2013, and this is exactly what I did, I purchased them and had them delivered to my hotel in San Francisco, then flew back with them.

After several months of having other things to do, including hours of catch up work for taking 6 weeks off (is it really a holiday if you come back and do the work anyway?) I finally got around to doing the first part of the install in April. The first part is/was the modifying of the safe itself, whilst strictly not required and I could have put the special hook and loop material onto the bottom of the shelves and internal compartment, I would have only got about two thirds of the possible shelf space. So instead I took measurements using the pre existing mounting points for the firearms and the pre-existing shelves and internal compartment bottoms to get dimensions for shelves, these turned out to be as follows;

Shelf: 590mm in width; 360mm in depth with 2 folds on the 590mm edge adding another 10mm for each fold, and the material being 1.5mm steel
Internal Compartment Bottom Extension: 540mm in width; 360mm in depth with 1 fold on the 540mm edge adding another 10mm for the fold, and the material being 1.5mm steel

Which I then took to a local metalshop and got them to fold me the new larger shelves, when this was done both shelves were then primed with 2 coats of Kill Rust primer that I purchased from the local hardware store, as well as a top coat of “hammer tone” black to make it more closely match the powder coating of the safe. I also cut and fitted the Hook and Loop material to the bottom of the shelf and the bottom extension, with the shelf also getting a piece of non slip matting being cut for its upper part. That was the easy part done, now to install them.

To install the shelf was the easy part of the installation process, simply take the old one out, and put the new one in, the extension to the internal compartment bottom was a whole different ballgame.

To affix this new bottom/shelf to the safe I firstly had to remove the lining from under the compartment, this was very, very well adhered to the bottom of the compartment with some form of glue, so after about an hour of scraping away at it will a scraper, and making a mess in general but I eventually got a clean(ish) surface to work with, I then proceeded to use SikaBond to glue it to the base, using various objects from around the safe area to hold it in place until the SikaBond had dried, then plus a few days to ensure it had cured.

Once this was done it was simply a matter of re-installing the lighting system and putting the rifles and other bits back in. Now I have not only a safe that will hold the advertised amount, but more than the advertised amount I believe, but I will have to find out at some point.

Overall I am very happy with this, I do want to make a couple of modifications to the system, namely for the shotguns where the rods really need a rubber or silicon part attached to the rods that makes them a little wider so they sit properly upright, I suppose I had better break out the moulding gear and the vacuum chamber.

Now back to the Arduino Project.

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