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Old August 6th, 2009, 10:18 PM
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Default How do you replace ball bearings?

My hookah is missing a ball bearing. How can I replace this? Use a bb?
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Old August 6th, 2009, 10:22 PM
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

I think a bb might work, and if its a plastic one you won't have to worry about rust. But if you don't have one I think you can just make a little ball out of foil.
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Old August 6th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

Airsoft bb from walmart should work. Plus if they get dirty you just toss it and put a new one in.
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Old August 6th, 2009, 10:52 PM
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Airsoft bb from walmart should work. Plus if they get dirty you just toss it and put a new one in.
Airsoft BB all the way, they never rust.
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Old August 6th, 2009, 11:12 PM
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Airsoft BB all the way, they never rust.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 12:34 AM
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

Airsoft BBs are also lighter and ease the purge on a difficult hookah.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 12:44 AM
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

Just make sure you grease the BB or something. I replaced the rusted ball bearing in my KM and forgot to grease the plastic BB I put in, and sometimes it'll get stuck and I have to pop the valve and loosen it.
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

Airsoft BBs are the best! .. or you can make a perfect ball out of aluminum foil if you are in a jam

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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

I used an airsoft BB to replace the bearing in mine. Works great. Still have the bearing here some where too.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 08:57 AM
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

the hard ware store will have SS bbs if you want to go that route or wally world will have airsoft bbs, just dont get the biodegradable (they will break down) ones and dont by the really really cheap ones (not round and have seams so they wont seal)

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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

I was in your situation not to long ago, all I did was made a small ball out of tin foil, works perfectly.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 01:33 PM
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Sambooka actually suggest an airsoft round in one of his videos. If you are really worried about it, I think Hookah-Shisha.com has replacement bearings for .25 cents each.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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I've gone to my local hardware store a few times, and it's generally $0.25 there as well, but no shipping IIRC, it's the 1/4" ball bearing, but you could either measure your purge valve or buy a selection of sizes to be sure. Any local hardware store will have them.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:22 PM
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

i use .28g airsoft BB's in my KM's they work great. The high quality ones are perfect spheres and are lighter than a steel bb. Easyer to purge, never rust, never had one stick.
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

FYI the weight of the bb (.28g) does not change the size. Airsoft bb come in 2 sizes 6 mm the common one you see at walmart and a rare 8mm in some select guns. Not that the weight would matter but just a little info for you guys I used to play for years so I guess it came in handy LOL
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airsoft bb bro
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Old August 8th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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you can buy some new ball bearings at some shops, but i find airsoft bb's fit nicely
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Default Re: How do you replace ball bearings?

to be honest, airsoft bb's are great but don't always work, I have 2 hookahs that require something smaller, but for the most part airsoft. otherwise take your stem into a homedepot/lowes/ace and figure out what you need
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bb's all the way
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