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How often to replace tubing
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RE: How often to replace tubing
If you have small pets, ie cats, I would recommend you get a hose cover from any of the suppliers on the list. The cover protects the hose from their claws and little toofers. I had a hose for almost 3 years until our youngest one sunk her teeth into it.

My general advice to anyone on CPAP is to have a spare for everything, even a machine if possible. With my insurance it is harder not to get something than to get something. I am at the point, I have more than enough masks, 6' tubes, humidifier tanks, and filters that if my DME tanks, I can survive for a long, long time. With my insurance, you send a flag if you don't order anything.
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#12
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We have three cats, and not one has expressed any interest in my machine or it's hose. My machine is well over three years old, and I'm still using the heated hose that came with it. Same goes for my water reservoir. 

I'm swimming in spare parts. I have numerous pieces of whatever I might need. I just got a message today and that another in en-route.  Oh-jeez
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BigGuy, if it was legal (but we know it isn't), we could probably go into business together and open up our own spare parts depot.  Too-funny Like you, I just got notice I have more on the way. I'll have to find a new place to store them. Our DME does the same thing with my wife's stuff as well. Won't take no for answer.
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I purchased a second (Resmed brand) hose 6 years ago. I alternate them weekly to allow plenty of time for them to dry between cleaning. Both hoses are capable of giving a 0 (zero) leak reading. In fact so far this month I have had 5 zero leak days. 

I have not had to replace either hose in 6 years. I only use the Resmed brand hose.
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I purchased a second Aircurve 10 Vauto out of pocket last year and the extra supplies help to keep it going. I usually leave the other machine at a summer cottage we have so I don't have to carry my home unit back and forth. Extra supplies help. My older Vauto provided by insurance is over 19000 hours and due for replacement.
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(01-28-2022, 12:23 AM)Homerec130 Wrote: BigGuy, if it was legal (but we know it isn't), we could probably go into business together and open up our own spare parts depot.  Too-funny  Like you, I just got notice I have more on the way. I'll have to find a new place to store them. Our DME does the same thing with my wife's stuff as well. Won't take no for answer.

I'm gonna need a bigger boat.........err, umm, uhh, I mean another storage tub. I have two already that are full.  Oh-jeez
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I think there is a limit to the amount of supplies we can conscionably hoard. I don't know where that limit is, but it definitely includes reselling. Getting as much as you can, because you can seems unethical, and just raises insurance costs.
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(01-28-2022, 07:11 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: I think there is a limit to the amount of supplies we can conscionably hoard. I don't know where that limit is, but it definitely includes reselling.  Getting as much as you can, because you can seems unethical, and just raises insurance costs.

I can and do understand your sentiment. I'm not sure what my cut-off point will be. I'm not at all convinced though, that refusing the delivery of new supplies would reduce or stabilize insurance costs one bit. 

That just doesn't happen in the real world.  Eat-popcorn
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I understand I'm sometimes idealistic and naive, but this from the guy considering quitting CPAP? We either live by our standards and beliefs of right and wrong, or fall into the abyss that has become increasingly acceptable to get as much as you can regardless of the consequences. It's dystopian.
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(01-28-2022, 08:52 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: I understand I'm sometimes idealistic and naive, but this from the guy considering quitting CPAP?  We either live by our standards and beliefs of right and wrong, or fall into the abyss that has become increasingly acceptable to get as much as you can regardless of the consequences.  It's dystopian.

Once I do actually quit Sleep Apnea Therapy, that will be that. No more supplies. I'm trying to stay in the game, and it hasn't been easy. It can be a roller coaster of sorts. 

To say that I've been disappointed in it would be an under-statement. If it hadn't been for this very forum and it's very fine members, I would have called it quits long ago.
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