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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:31 PM
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Question KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

Got my first KM this week from Hookahstore (thanks guys!), a radical tri-metal. With my Namoor (+ accompanying grommet) it seems to pull like pure perfection. The KM hose, however, will only fit into the stem without the grommet -- and as such it doesn't create as tight of a seal. I think I saw a youtube video a while back where someone documented this issue and had a fix for it but I can't seem to track it down Is there an easy remedy to it? Plummer tape? Paper towel? Duck tape? (heh)

It's not a big deal since I'd probably prefer my Namoor for the superior hose length, but I'd like to at least be aware what the experts do in such a situation.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:44 PM
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

There are thin grommets. Also paper towels will work
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Old May 13th, 2010, 12:22 AM
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

ive used mine without a grommet and never seemed to have a problem with it....
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Old May 13th, 2010, 04:09 AM
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

Use electrical tape. That should help create better seal
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

I took a file to mine and whittled it down some so that now it fits with the grommet.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:34 AM
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

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I took a file to mine and whittled it down some so that now it fits with the grommet.
+1, also use teflon tape to make an ultrathin gasket
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Old May 13th, 2010, 12:42 PM
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

I had similar problems when I first got my KM. Had to file and sand down certain areas for it to fit and seal properly. Electical and teflon tape are really great ideas for seals. KMs require a little love. But when you get all of the little quirks out, they smoke like a dream.
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

very carefully give it a light sanding.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 02:28 PM
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

how do you guys compare KM hoses w/ Namoor? I'm buying a new hookah (KM americana + KM hose). My other option is ZM Sirius + Namoor hose (with the same price.
any comments on that?
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Default Re: KM Stem + KM Hose = tricky seal?

The nammor hose is washable where the KM hose is not.

Regarding the hose and port issue try putting the grommet in the port lightly first and then pushing the hose in. All the other suggestions here are good as well but I would save modding the hose for last.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:52 PM
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It wouldn't hurt to get a nammor hose in addition to your KM leather hose. That way you can decide which one you like better.
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