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Old November 15th, 2009, 01:03 AM
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Default Re: Getting new base, how do I size?

Originally Posted by faeriekitsune View Post
(I've never bought parts separately except bowls, so I'm a little nervous about getting it right. I don't exactly have cash to spare.)
Yeah, I understand that.

So basically, I just match the numbers? What do I do if it gets here and it too big/small for the grommet? Is there a way to size the grommet as well?
Well, it depends how big a difference it is. If it's a little too small, you can sand down your grommet some. If it's too big, you could put some electrical tape under the grommet to make it a tad bigger. But my experience has been that if you're close, it will work.

Also, does it matter how much space you have between the bottom of the downstem and the bottom of the vase? Following the match the numbers, there are a couple that would seem to fit, but one has like 2 inches to spare and the other has 1 inch to spare below the downstem. Will that affect the smoking quality or anything?
I really don't think it's going to matter. I suppose ideally you'd want it high enough above the bottom so that you can still add a decent amount of water without affecting your draw. But not so high you have to add a ton of water and thus cut into your smoke reservoir. An inch or two sounds fine to me. One of my hookahs only has about an inch of space at the bottom and it smokes great.

This stem is what used to be a 36" KM with the old base. I'm also nervous the base won't be sturdy enough for the weight and height and it will tip over.
Yeah, that's always a concern. If I were you I'd look for something with a large footprint. The best you can usually do with the egyptian stuff is the classic vase. If you wanted to get creative and look for a different, but useable base elsewhere, you could probably find something with a nice big footprint, that will still work. SaharaSmoke has some cool bases that I've seen work on KM stems. (Although for the record, I would never recommend one of their hookahs, they rust).

I hope I haven't erred in any of these answers! If you're still anxious about it, you could contact **********. I'm sure he'd be happy to help you make sure you got the right base.
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