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November 22, 2007 12:21 PM   Subscribe

What is this tiny valve, and what was it doing in my suitcase?

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I just flew from MSP to ATL, and I found this in my checked luggage, which the TSA had opened.

I'm a scuba diver, but don't readily recognize this from anything of mine. Furthermore, I don't recall transporting gear in this bag.

So, what's this guy from, and how'd he hitch a ride in my bag?
posted by SemiSophos to Grab Bag (8 answers total)
Best answer: It is the core of a Schrader valve - from a bicycle tire and all kinds of other places. How it got there...
posted by Chuckles at 12:28 PM on November 22, 2007

Looks a little like a presta valve for bikes, but it could just as easily be some scuba component valve stem that was loose and got caught in your clothing pre or post-dive. It could conceivably hitch its way into your bag that way.

It looks fairly harmless, think about it as repayment for all the nail clippers and handtools they have stolen over the years.
posted by milqman at 12:32 PM on November 22, 2007

Response by poster: From looking at the links above, I'm certain it's a Schrader valve. Now to figure out what it came from. I'll check my scuba gear when I get back home. Thanks!

In case anyone is curious / might be able to suggest a more specific origin, I own the following gear: Two Deep Sea Supply wings, a Scubapro Glide Plus BC with Air2 second stage, two Scubapro MK17AF + S600 regs, and an Apeks DS4 + TX50 reg.
posted by SemiSophos at 12:45 PM on November 22, 2007

From a BCD inflater. About 95% sure.

Just, please, don't try to fix it yourself unless you know what you are doing (and I am guessing you don't). Take your equipment in for servicing.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 5:19 PM on November 22, 2007

This is not your model, but here is a picture showing two of the Schrader valves in use.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 5:22 PM on November 22, 2007

Response by poster: @B(oYo)BIES: It does look like it would come from an inflator, but it's much smaller than that on my BC or wings. Furthermore, when orally inflated, all three hold air. I presume that wouldn't be the case with a missing inflator valve.
posted by SemiSophos at 5:44 PM on November 22, 2007

If you can figure out where is came from (be aware of course it may have been added by someone rifling thru your bags) it simply screws in. The tool to do so is available at every autoparts and bicycle repair shop for about $1.
posted by Mitheral at 11:13 PM on November 22, 2007

Definitely not your wing or jacket inflator. I really don't think it's from any of your gear.
posted by Umhlangan at 3:41 AM on November 23, 2007

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