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Old January 21st, 2008, 12:38 AM
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Default I need some help with airtightness

So I was smoking yesterday and at first everything was fine. I decided I wanted to pack a new bowl so I did. Once I started smoking this new bowl I was not able to get good smoke at all.(By the way I tried putting on more coals and that didnt help). I let it go for awhile thinking it would be better later but it didnt so I disassembled my hookah and saw that there wasnt really an airtight seal with the vase and the stem and that the rubber fitting on the bottom of the stem was sliding off and covering the holes which the smoke would be going through. Basically I was wondering how I can fix this and make it airtight againand how I can prevent the rubber fitting from sliding off in the future?

o and by the way at the point I was doing this I had already had a few drinks so i wasnt really being as careful as I should have been.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 12:43 AM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Get some duct tape and put it around the part where the stem and the vase touch.

Or, just get a more thick vase grommet that fits perfectly for your hookah
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Old January 21st, 2008, 01:18 AM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Try what Jilly said. Also, what brand/type of hookah is it? Are you sure you have the right sized grommet on there? Seems like maybe the one you have on there is the incorrect size.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 03:13 PM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Thanks guys I tried the tape and that worked really well. It stays on pretty good and doesnt slip anymore.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 05:29 PM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Don;t leave the Duct Tape on the metal for too long cause the adhesive comes off of the tape and sticks to the object you have the duct tape on. It makes a sticky, kinda smelly, gooey kind of greasy mess. Same with Electric Tape.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 11:06 PM
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Actually I used masking tape which isnít as gooey as duct tape or electric tape so I think itíll be ok. It works pretty good and the grommet or whatever you want to call it stays on perfectly and doesnít slip off anymore.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 11:07 PM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Thats a good idea... masking tape is better and less sticky/gooey. Good choice...
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 09:52 AM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

I prefer to use "friction tape" around the grommets on my hookahs. It is non-adhesive, there is no glue at all on the tape. You just cut a short length, usually less than one inch, and wrap it around the grommets. It makes an air-tight exclusive seal, and leaves no residue on the grommet, nor the glass. I found it at a hardware store.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 10:26 AM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Or you could try a piece of fabric - PYH gave me the tip. I wrapped a piece of dampened flanne (form cut to fit the stem seat) around the base of the stem and jammed it on the base jar. Gave a great seal! Works much better than my papertowel/foil fix.

Another "temp" seal would be the plumber's tape - no adeshive residue to clean up.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 05:28 PM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

teflon tape ftw!

haha well i also used cardboard when in a pinch, i onetime destroyed most all of one of my exotica boxes because i didnt have any grommets.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 03:18 PM
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Default Re: I need some help with airtightness

Good choice with the masking tape. I used to be a server at a hookah cafe and that is what we used when we were short on grommets. You wouldn't think it would give a good tight seal but it gave a perfect fit every time. Not to mention easy clean up.
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