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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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mine is stuck in my purge valve any ideas on how to get it unstuck guys. it makes me mad that i cant purge
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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:21 PM
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maybe try a pipe cleaner to push it out, running some warm water over it might also break up some of the gunk that's making it stick.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:21 PM
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unscrew your prge valve and tinker til it comes loose... then replace it with a plastic bb. there is some sort of oil you can use to keep it from mucking up, but i forget which.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:23 PM
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the purge valve doesnt come unscrewed except for the top part hmm. thanks for the tips guys i'll have to try that out next time i wash it.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:57 PM
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If you had a type of compressed air like my woodshop I would tell you to shoot come air into the hole at the bottom of the stem where the smoke is suppose to get into the release valve. Bu I'm guessing you don't have an air compressor so I guess try unraveling a paperclip and put it up hard enough (that's what she said) to get that ball bearing out?
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Old March 30th, 2009, 10:16 PM
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Mine is stuck too but I dont mind
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Old March 30th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Default Re: ball barings?

i use system jo lube on some plastic bb's. it works like a charm.

as for getting it out, if its really really stuck, and you cant force it out via air pressure or even pushing a pipecleaner out..... you might have to consider some wd40 and then do some heavy cleaning afterwards.

remember to wash your purge valve too when you wash the hookah.
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As for bb's, are the airsoft kind appropriate?
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Old March 31st, 2009, 01:06 AM
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As for bb's, are the airsoft kind appropriate?
that's what I'm using in my KM. Found a few stray ones in my yard from the neighbor kids.
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that's what I'm using in my KM. Found a few stray ones in my yard from the neighbor kids.
hahaha niceee. i'll give all these ideas a try. now i dont have an air compressor but my pop does so if all else fails i'll give that one a shot & just plan on picking up a new bb during my next purchase!
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wash it. lol my hookahs purges all work. hrmm... but yes i would try the pipe cleaner... i havent had to use plastic bb's... mine are still all metal.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 02:51 AM
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My metal BB wasn't getting stuck, but it was almost too heavy to get a decent purge. Now I can clear the base easily with the plastic one.
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must have been a cannon ball bb or you got some weak lungs lol
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Default Re: ball barings?

well, my hookah has seen several years of heavy use, I guess I just never thought about cleaning the purge valve, it was kinda stuck when I bought it.

It is practically welded shut lol, only thing I can think of would be maybe PB Blaster but that stuff lubricates and doesnt wash with water, and is VERY TOXIC. Not a good idea to smoke it lol.

It's just one of the things on my list that will eventually get me to buy a new hookah.
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must have been a cannon ball bb or you got some weak lungs lol
Meh, I dunno about that. I took the cap of the purge and blew, the metal BB barely moved. If I blew any harder I would have given the bowl a bath via the stem!
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I have replaced my metal bb with a plastic airsoft bb and I have never had a problem with it. The reason the metal ones get "stuck" is because everytime you blow out when it gets harsh you blow out the condensation which leads to leaving residue on the metal bb. So when the residue dries then it sticks in the port. I have had no problems witht the plastic bb's.
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