Originally Posted by dyeforlyf
I didn't consider that. You could have a leak somewhere in the pipe if it's a cheap one. That will make it impossible for you to have a good smoke no matter how you set it up or what you set it up with.
Hadn't thought of that either. A cheap pipe could definitely have leaks. A single little leak probably wouldn't matter, but a few little leaks together will kill your smoke and flavor. But as long as it seals, even a cheap pipe will deliver flavor and smoke. The mechanics are all the same. You can get good smoke and flavor out of a home made hookah.
Check to make sure the hookah is sealing. Without anything in your bowl. Hold your hand over the top of the bowl so no air can pass. Then, pull on your hose. If you can't pull at all, it's sealing properly. If you are able to pull, there's a leak somewhere. Start removing components one by one, and test again each time to figure out where the leak is.
Sometimes bad grommets and hoses are to blame. On a really cheap pipe, could simply be poor welding.