Originally Posted by cemab4y
You should be able to find a welding shop who can advise you, and make the repairs. I am interested to find out what you decide. A well-made hookah appliance, should last indefinetly, with proper care.
i don't know about indefinitely. i know people who've taken care of their hookahs meticulously and they just crap out in 12 years (and they were very very solid full brass syrian hookahs).
stainless steel ones won't last nearly that long. galvanized steel will last a few years.