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Old March 17th, 2010, 03:40 PM
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Default AF Grommet Issues

I got an AF Large Solid last week and I love it. When I got the pipe, the grommet was coated with something and it slid in and out of the base just with minimal force. After the first cleaning, it's nearly impossible to get in and even more channeling to get out.

I have a handful of grommets of various sizes. None seem to fit properly. Or even close. There's even one that I had shaved way down for another hookah. It didn't do much better either.

I tried shaving down the grommet it came with but made virtually no headway at all. I even tried coating it with some rubber lubricant we had. It worked fairly well when getting it in. But today when I tried to remove the stem, the lubricant had apparently become something more like glue. I had to employ some methods I'm not so comfortable with to get the stem out.

It seems that the part of the stem that the grommet goes on is not a standard size. The large ones that fit over the stem just right don't even come close to fitting in the base and the small ones that fit in the base don't even come close to fitting around the stem, although they can be forced to do so.

Wetting the grommet with water hasn't helped much either.

I'm wondering if anyone has any tricks, aside from wetting the grommet or shaving it down, that might make things easier to do.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 04:02 PM
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use electrical tape as a gromet. i had to do it on one of my KMs cuz i messed the gromet up and it works really well
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Old March 17th, 2010, 04:35 PM
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Default Re: AF Grommet Issues

I had the same problem with mine when it was new. Very difficult to get in or out of the base. The only thing I found was to lubricate the grommet with olive oil ( I'm sure any vegetable oil will suffice) every 2 or 3 uses. It's about six months old now and the grommet is still pretty snug, but not maddeningly tight like it was. Good luck.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 06:11 PM
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man this must be gromet week or something.

I suggust the MYA silicone gasket, super stretchable, very thin yet it has good strong seal.

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Old March 17th, 2010, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: AF Grommet Issues

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man this must be gromet week or something.

I suggust the MYA silicone gasket, super stretchable, very thin yet it has good strong seal.
That's the kind of gasket that two of my AFs came with. They were fine when new, but later on I had to build them up with electrical tape to make 'em seal.
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