Tests tests tests… The proof of the pudding, as the old adage goes… That pretty first gasket? no joy.
The most tenuous moment for any housing is the first foot of water, be it Puget Sound on in bucket in the bathtub.
Next try (that I knew would likely only work to 10′) was the beautiful orange O-Rings that came with the Telesin dome ports. Being that my system did not have any method of “capturing” the o-ring; I fully expected it to extrude inward once launched to the briny depths. Remember that impatience thing i mentioned? Before i spent any more time on this endeavor, I needed to make sure that the imagery captured would be in focus. I opted to test it out on the little observation pier near Salty’s on Alki during a higher high tide. Results were promising….
Next up ‘deep test’, and not wanting to destroy a Samsung gear 3601, I mounted a gopo in waterproof housing inside the DIY housing. This allowed me to capture some fun video from inside a failed housing.
Que up Amazon for the win!
Softer gasket material by the yard?? Overnight even! (of note having a leather hole punch was a super benefit) Bathtub one foot test successful. Next up pressure test drop (with gopro on the outside this time) Test drop x 2, #1 for a “no leak” confirmation and #2 A get camera eye on the depth guage to get a solid read on actual depth tested to. > 30′ yay!
Next up, a real dive!