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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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the ball bearing in my purge valve got stuck in the brass setting . . .I tried to poke it with a stem cleaning brush which i rammed through the bottom hole of teh purge system . . .and i think it went thru the pipe. I know that because I saw smoke venting thru the decorative outer skin of the stem. For now I just wrapped some tape around the leak in the stem.

What I want you guys to help me with is . . .how can I restore my purge function? How can I fix the inner metal tube that I ruptured?
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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what kind of hookah?
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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standard egyptian pattern . . .no name . . Functionally identical to a KM.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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if you post pics, i'm sure it would help
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:42 PM
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you punched thru a hookah stem with a cleaning brush?! i would suggest a magnet for the purge or is it's really stuck some solvent to remove the gunk. As for the stem... if you are skilled enough I'd drop some sodder into the crack and seal it
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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I drew a schematic . . in paint. . .the red line is the wire i punched thru the pipe with . . .the blue one is the route the smoke uses 2 escape. its a cross section of the base of the stem btw.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:54 PM
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you can cut a straw to the length of the purge tube, and using a food grade sealant, seal it in place in the chamber and it will replace the broken purge tube.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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i would try to sodder it shut (if you can get in there) or put some rubber gasket former on a q-tip and close off the hole. The problem is that if the smoke is excaping into the stem, you'll lose the seal going both ways and your draw should be affected too...
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you can cut a straw to the length of the purge tube, and using a food grade sealant, seal it in place in the chamber and it will replace the broken purge tube.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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that was what I was considering. . . thanks dudes!
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Let this be a lesson! "Always take the ball bearing out before washing your hookah" I have a separate container for my purge valve bearing and purge valve cover.
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Default Re: Think I broke it

lol i have a purge ball in my hookah stem too.



should not affect ur hookah. Just makes a ...beed sound bouncing around.

What i did was:



put a hookah hose mouth tip in there stuffed it w/ a napkin. whenever i wanna purge i pull out, purge, put it back in.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 01:09 AM
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hehe lol. . . My bead is just lodged in there. . .cant get it out. . .oh well . .I'll live. Better reason 2 manage my heat better.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 01:26 AM
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Mine was stuck on my standard Egyptian, I just used a small screw driver and popped it out of there.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 01:30 AM
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did it actually fall in? I'd just buy another ball bearing. If you aren't near a hookah shop, go to a bike store, the bearings for bike wheels are pretty close to a purge valve one.
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Default Re: Think I broke it

the thing is you don't realize that the purge has a tube not made of metal.
there's no way you can poke through metal with a brush.
that's just not possible.
however damaging the decorative skin IS possible but rare.
do what big poppa said and then somehow seal the outer part of the pipe?
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 05:00 PM
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I'd get a similar gauged piece of food safe tubing and then snake it through there thus avoiding the need to repair.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 05:02 PM
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I used an airsoft pellet, works out pretty nicely.
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