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Old February 25th, 2009, 02:23 AM
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I do have one need of hookah assistance. Does anyone repair hookahs? I have a broken rotator hookah that I bought a while back the weld has come undone on the hose connector.




Can anyone help me with this?
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Old February 25th, 2009, 03:13 AM
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This happened to a purge valve on one of my hookahs. I just superglued it in. I think hot glue would be better though.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 04:54 AM
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JB weld...
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:49 AM
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bring it to a local weld shop or plumber.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:05 AM
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that sucks sorry about that
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:10 AM
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Where did you get it from as i think most online vendors woul be happy to repair it, ifyou didnt buy it to long ago
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:12 AM
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JB weld...
+1, that's all ya need.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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its not welded, it soldered in with the crapy plumbers style of solder. you need to flux it if you are going to try to repair it with solder.

jb weld would be ok, super glue and hot glue no, super glue has only tensile strength and not torque strength (the reason the crazy glue add has the guy hanging by the helmet above him).

supposedly there is a new 3m product that is out (been used in industry for a while) that will glue any 2 metals together (assuming they are solid metals) so that is one option too, along with any epoxy that would be food safe when dry (just needs to fully off gas)

i had that happen to me, H-S told me to send it back (i had just send it another one that wasnt fixed right, so i asked if i could fix it my self, they said ya, i tried following their instructions exactly and it failed miserably so i sent it in, not to impressed with their repair guys)

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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:56 AM
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All you need to go back with it stock is to find a buddy with a propane torch and some flux core solder and solder it back up...then polish it out with some metal polish or a roto tool and some rouge.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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How old is that hookah? It looks like corrosion on all the welds. You might want to think of getting a new one if a local welder cant help, i believe its AL so you might be out of luck since You have to great at welding to do AL. But good luck hope someone can help
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Old February 25th, 2009, 12:18 PM
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How old is that hookah? It looks like corrosion on all the welds. You might want to think of getting a new one if a local welder cant help, i believe its AL so you might be out of luck since You have to great at welding to do AL. But good luck hope someone can help
the rotators are made from cheap steel and *** metal so they corrode really fast and the hub is steel but the port piece that is stuck in is really junky *** metal so it all needs to be plumbers solder

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Ive tried JB weld and super glue, neither held for more than a day. I do have some heavy duty epoxy I may try out. What is the name of that 3M stuff that bonds metals?
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:04 PM
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you need to follow all instructions to the T with JB weld and it should treat you fine. If you really want it to be secure you can use a two part epoxy putty. Get the steel reinforced kind.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 06:01 PM
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Mighty Putty, i know it sounds crazy but it does work. Repaired a hookah with it worked great till i broke it my self. That stuff works on everything, had a hole in my muffler patched it up with that stuff never had a problem.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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had a downstem break off before, I took it to Home Depot, I bought the stuff and one of the guys that worked there fixed it for me right on the store floor.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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Ive tried JB weld and super glue, neither held for more than a day. I do have some heavy duty epoxy I may try out. What is the name of that 3M stuff that bonds metals?
i know not, my friend just told me about it when we were working on stuff in the metal studio

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Old February 25th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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A Rotator....trash it.
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Ive tried JB weld and super glue, neither held for more than a day. I do have some heavy duty epoxy I may try out. What is the name of that 3M stuff that bonds metals?
The 3M stuff you are thinking of is called panel bond, I forget what the part number is. What it is is a two part epoxy reinforced with glass beads.This stuff takes 24hours to fully cure and is about $40 a package.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:17 PM
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just needs to be Soddered, or super/hot glued, dont need to go crazy over it
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The 3M stuff is pretty good,but I would still consider bringing it to a welding shop,or plumber,sheet metal shop,or a machine shop,they may not charge very much and you may get to educate them on hookah and who knows after educating them they may not charge at all.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:17 PM
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i've said this many many times... Tape is mans best friend.

lol on a more serious note I've heard that JB weld works wonders
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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:21 PM
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The 3M stuff you are thinking of is called panel bond, I forget what the part number is. What it is is a two part epoxy reinforced with glass beads.This stuff takes 24hours to fully cure and is about $40 a package.
that sounds right, i was told its used in the automotive industry now instead of welding for some of the panels because it is cheaper and stronger

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The 3M stuff is pretty good,but I would still consider bringing it to a welding shop,or plumber,sheet metal shop,or a machine shop,they may not charge very much and you may get to educate them on hookah and who knows after educating them they may not charge at all.
honestly if you took it to any one that knows what they are looking at (from a metal stand point) they will probably laugh (at least if its like mine was), welding it is impossible, they will tell you to solder it your self, soldering is easy just use a small torch and if the metal gets red hot you have gone way to far (with plumbing solder which is the only thing that will work).

get lead free plumbing solder, get a small tub of flux, clean every thing off well so there is no dirt and try to remove old solder, make sure the fit is a tight as possible, wipe the flux over every thing, heat and add in a bit of solder, you only need a tiny bit and you will see it flow all the way around (a nice silver shiny line). only plumbing solder will work for this not jewelry solder (you wont find it at a hard ware store any way and it is technically brazing) but even the lowest temp jewelers solder melts above the temp for the *** metal there

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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:27 PM
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that sounds right, i was told its used in the automotive industry now instead of welding for some of the panels because it is cheaper and stronger


honestly if you took it to any one that knows what they are looking at (from a metal stand point) they will probably laugh (at least if its like mine was), welding it is impossible, they will tell you to solder it your self, soldering is easy just use a small torch and if the metal gets red hot you have gone way to far (with plumbing solder which is the only thing that will work).

get lead free plumbing solder, get a small tub of flux, clean every thing off well so there is no dirt and try to remove old solder, make sure the fit is a tight as possible, wipe the flux over every thing, heat and add in a bit of solder, you only need a tiny bit and you will see it flow all the way around (a nice silver shiny line). only plumbing solder will work for this not jewelry solder (you wont find it at a hard ware store any way and it is technically brazing) but even the lowest temp jewelers solder melts above the temp for the *** metal there

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well thanks for the help guys maybe ill give the solder a try soon
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