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Old January 21st, 2010, 10:57 AM
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Default First KM, question!

So I finally got my first KM in last night from Alvin at hookahstore.com.

It's awesome! However, I have one question: the stem doesn't fit all the way down onto the base like i'm used to with my Maya QT or acrylic. I don't think there's a leak where the stem meets the base, but i can wiggle it around which kind of scares me.

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Old January 21st, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Try wetting the grommet before fitting it onto the base, that should help
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Old January 21st, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Hmm, I'll try that this afternoon. So the stem should essentially be flush with the base, with the grommet in between of course? Maybe it's the type of grommet.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:10 PM
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Try wetting the grommet or sanding it down lightly or vegetable oil
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: First KM, question!

if you mean that the stem doesnt go flush with the vase its because the stem is rounded and the rubber gasket is square. this really bothered me so i took a razor to it and rounded it out
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:30 PM
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Default Re: First KM, question!

I think thats just how KM's are made. Heres a pic of how mine looks. It doesnt wiggle bad or anything. Its on there tight.

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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:32 PM
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see mine was the other way the gasket was flush against the glass and not the stem. yours looks like its the opposite. if you can see where its rubbing an exacto works wonders.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:38 PM
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see mine was the other way the gasket was flush against the glass and not the stem. yours looks like its the opposite. if you can see where its rubbing an exacto works wonders.
Im about to clean it and put water on it to see if I can get it flush on both sides. If I stick the grommet in the base before sticking the stem in, it will sit flush on the base. If the grommet is stuck to the stem and I put it in the base, it will be flush to the stem.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:40 PM
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I think thats just how KM's are made. Heres a pic of how mine looks. It doesnt wiggle bad or anything. Its on there tight.

ya i'm pretty sure all or most KM's look like this, both of mine do this too.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:44 PM
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Thanks guys! That's exactly the issue. The little grommet "flap" between the stem and hose wasn't pushing all the way down. If that's normal then I'm not worried at all.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 05:08 PM
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my Km Kafae has the same thing, its just the design. smokes great
(especially for 30 quid brand new) :P
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Old January 21st, 2010, 05:12 PM
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Default Re: First KM, question!

I just cleaned my hookah. When I was done I put the grommet in the base then inserted the stem and it fits flush now against both. But it was smoking great before so its no big deal either way.

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