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Old July 2nd, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Default My KM is leaning

My KM (36" Black Pearl KM from HookahComapny) has a dangerous lean. It's leaning towards the side where the hose attaches to. It seems the rubber part that seals the base isn't strong enough to support the weight of the hose. My funnel bowl is now leaning so much that the coals looks like they could just slip off. It's already fallen about 3 times in the past two days (I caught it each time). So what I did was get a piece of duct tape and kept wrapping it around so that i got a thick piece of duct tape and slipped in in the gap to prevent it from leaning. It looks hella stupid. So i was wondering, does anyone else have this problem? If so what should I do (because i definitely do not want that stupid piece of duct tape there all the time). Help me, please
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 04:21 PM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

take electric tape and put it around the gasket (if the gasket is loose in the vase) or around the stem (if the gasket is loose on the stem). that should fix it.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 04:47 PM
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try to change the grommet, the plastic part that seals, maybe it isn't the right one. Or try to use the electric tape good luck with that!
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:06 PM
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mm thanks i'll be trying all of those out
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:25 PM
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agree i had the same exact problem
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:50 PM
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sauce; if the KM's leaning towards the side where the hose goes into the hose grommet..a possible remedy is to tie one end of a string/rope to the part of the hose that goes into the hose grommet; and tie the other end of the string to the vase stem.

tighten the rope/string enough so that it provides a tight cable like effect...so that it'll help to correct the unbalanced tilt of the KM.

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:55 PM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

There's probably something wrong with the base grommet. Make sure the stem is pushed in all the way.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:59 PM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

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sauce; if the KM's leaning towards the side where the hose goes into the hose grommet..a possible remedy is to tie one end of a string/rope to the part of the hose that goes into the hose grommet; and tie the other end of the string to the vase stem.

tighten the rope/string enough so that it provides a tight cable like effect...so that it'll help to correct the unbalanced tilt of the KM.
That is exactly what I have to do with my 32" KM on the rocks. The hose is just real heavy for the hookah but the string makes it work. As long as your not pulling on the hose alot, the string definately helps.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:16 PM
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do you guys wet your grommet with water before you put it in the base? this will nsure that it will go in with ease and deeper. If you don't some stem almost don't even go in half way. Hope that helps.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:23 PM
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That is exactly what I have to do with my 32" KM on the rocks. The hose is just real heavy for the hookah but the string makes it work. As long as your not pulling on the hose alot, the string definately helps.
Can we see a photo of this setup? I'm envisioning this whole rube goldberg thing going on...
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 09:16 PM
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Yeah it sounds like that vase grommet is too small or something. I suggest getting some strong tape and taping the part where the vase and stem meet
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 10:29 PM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

i have the same problem with my Syrian i put wet paper towl to make a seal.. so it wouldnt lean.. i was out of electrical tape.. i jsut got me some tongiht.. so im gunna fix it.. the problem is the grommet its soo small probably.. soo just tape it so its a tighter seal on the base.
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

Coals just fell off about an hour ago

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 11:53 PM
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what happened to the original black gromet?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 12:03 AM
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white grommet? All my KMs have a black grommet and that one isn't even seating correctly.
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

Looks like your grommet is a little thin. Add some electrical tape around it
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 12:28 AM
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hmm now i need to find electrical tape.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 12:58 AM
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Man the welds on that hookah look awful.

I'm really surprised that it even seals properly the way it's leaning.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 01:48 AM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

what are the welds? I'm surprised nothing has broken the way its leaning =( my hookah might need to be sent back? will hookahcompany replace it or naw?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 08:42 AM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

Well, KM stems are handmade and can have a lean .. just do a search for "Eileen" and you will see my beautiful leaning tower of shisha! But I love her, so I don't care if she leans a little. BUT my stem sits FLAT on my vase, and yours isn't. So we need to fix that ..

I am using this stem grommet and it works really well! It goes in really easy and comes out really easy. All while providing a GREAT seal! I would recommend giving this a try sauce ... it only costs $1.75 and you can pick up some cheap hoses ($3) and other stuff to make up for the shipping.

http://saharasmoke.com/store/catalog...t-p-16836.html
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:21 AM
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That white grommet doesn't look like the original black grommet that comes with a KM hookah. SOME hookahs MAY come with a grommet of a different color...but not KMs; and not ones from HookahCompany or any other reputable vendor either (******* Hookah, SaharaSmoke, etc.).

And not only is the grommet not the original black grommet; but it's also not the original size.

More than likely HookahCompany won't take the hookah back...you've already used it. People might say..."sometimes you don't know something's not right until you actually use it"...this may be true; but that's the nature of hookahs/shisha..they're not ALL uniform where they're going to be cranked out the exact same from a ALPHA clone that's PERFECT.

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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:42 AM
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yeah the grommet is definitely at fault here....its hard to tell from the pic what you would need to do though, but that thing is leaning BAD
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:17 PM
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yeah this is the grommet hookahcompany sent to me. so im going to have to replace the grommet. at this point it's too dangerous to use. this definitely sucks.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

In the meantime, you can use some wet paper towels. Or soak some thin cardboard in water until it is soggy and use that as a grommet (wrap it around the stem base until it is wide enough to seal in the base.

Personal preference: I like the silicon grommet I listed above, from sahara smoke. Works well, and is easy to use.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 10:54 PM
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Default Re: My KM is leaning

I FIXED IT! i guess all the grommet needed was to be super wet. I first used a soaked tissue to wet the grommet and it works. thanks everyone you saved my child haha
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