1. If this is your first time loading the TADDTM containment system ensure that the gasket (part # 2) is properly seated in the membrane holder (part # 4) and that the membrane (part #3) does not have any obvious folds or creases. The gasket should lay flat and be pressure fit into the top of the membrane holder and should not fall out when inverted or shaken.
2. If this is NOT your first time loading the TADDTM, visually inspect your TADDTM to ensure that it hasn't been damaged during use.
3. Fill a clear bowl or large liquid volume measuring cup of clean water (tap or bottled).
4. Slowly submerge the TADDTM in the water (membrane side facing the ceiling) and watch the inside of the jar to see if any water is entering the jar. Keep going until the TADDTM is fully submerged and wait for a few minutes.
5. If no water entered the TADDTM, congrats! You're ready for your first operational water hides!
6. If water entered the TADDTM, immediately remove the TADDTM from the bowl, all the training aid to dry out, reseal the TADDTM paying special attention to the gasket/membrane and threading of the membrane holder onto the jar, and try again.
When placing a hide in depths of 9 feet (2.75 meters) or less, place the TADDTM membrane up towards the sky.
When placing a hide in depths of 9 feet (2.75 meters) or greater, place the TADDTM membrane down towards the floor.
To weigh down the TADDTM, keep it in a certain orientation, and assist in recovery, many people have used a suet cage.
If possible, submerge and resurface the TADDTM slowly to allow for equilibration time
Allow the TADDTM an air gap, that is, do not place the TADDTM face down at the bottom of a muddy pond. You may want to use a mesh screen or stainless steel scent can to protect the membrane from getting clogged by environmental debris.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AFTER A WATER HIDE?
1. Inspect the TADDTM for any damage from the elements.
2. Clean the TADDTM.
3. Let the membrane dry before replacing the white cap and putting away for storage.
We do not know how long the TADDTM can be submerged for and under what conditions. The longest reported submersion time that we know of was 7 days in a pond in the United Kingdom.
We do not know how deep the TADDTM can be submerged without failing. The deepest reported submersion that we know of was 20 feet (~ 6 meters) in a lake in the Northern United States.
We do not know all the various water conditions that could affect the integrity of the TADDTM System components. Hydrostatic pressure, temperature, salinity, pH, and all of the microbial species that inhabit the water make for an extremely complex environment. We have not been made aware of any issues, however, we are always curious to hear what the limitations of the TADDTM are and see if we can find a way to address them scientifically or operationally.