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Old April 29th, 2010, 11:46 PM
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Unhappy Problems with my new KM

So I just got my new KM silk butterfly today and I am running into some problems with my base grommet. I have a jumbo KM base and it fits really loosely in it, my stem wobbles when i put in my hose air leaks in. I dont even know if they make grommets any bigger. I was paranoid it was going to fall over the whole time...totally ruined my smoke. what should i do? I am so bummed that my first KM experience sucked!
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Old April 29th, 2010, 11:52 PM
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Default Re: Problems with my new KM

Try getting a wet paper towel and wrapping it around the grommet, that always works for me!
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Old April 29th, 2010, 11:53 PM
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Get some electrical tape and make it wide enough to get a snug fit, that'll do you for a good while in till you get a bigger grommet, although you won't really needa new one with the electrical tape, unless it really bothers you.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 12:36 AM
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electric tape is a temporary solution..i dont think its that great personally..i still had leaks when i used it..i guess i didnt put it on as well as i should have
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Old April 30th, 2010, 05:39 AM
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Default Re: Problems with my new KM

well, it's all about choosing the grommet that fits your particular stem, as quality control is not at highest level there. as far as they are hand made, all hookahs differ a bit. try contacting the shop to send you some grommets. it always works
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Old April 30th, 2010, 09:22 AM
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Electrical tape under the grommet.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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X2 on Sons post

Or make a grommet from silicon tape
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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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contact the vendor they should help you out
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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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why does everyone go straight to electrical tape? i would think teflon plumbing tape would do you right... it's specifically made for making pipe connections fit snugly. of course, you'd use probably end up using the whole roll because it's thin as shit, but a roll is like a buck, max.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 11:10 AM
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Default Re: Problems with my new KM

I would choose electrical tape over plumbers for two reasons:

1) The thickness (which you mentioned)

2) Plumbers tape is "generally" used for threaded connections and just fills in the gaps between the threads, similar to plumbers putty but with less of a mess. Since KM's are not threaded then there is nothing for the plumbers tape to grab on to and may slip off easier.

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Default Re: Problems with my new KM

Ugh with the KM base grommets. My best fit was with my jumbo bowl, but the rest of the vases that came with my KM are wicked tight. I have been using some spray on PAM on the grommet that helps it fit in, and does not affect the flavor. The white plumber's tape is only for connections with threads, so I too think electrical tape would work better. The vendor should take care of you via their customer service for a better grommet.
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so the electrical tape worked wonders...thanx for the input guys
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It is now 'custom fitted'.
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