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    I have two bent pipes with tiny holes in the stems. I was thinking of sending them out for new stems.
    But today I found an old stem and hold it in a candle and when on fire I blow it out and put the rubber in the holes. Then I sandpapered and had them on the machine.
    You can still see the holes but no smoke is coming up. How long it will last time will show, but I have had my pleasure. But what a smell, I had to open doors and windows before the madam arrived home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Jensen View Post
    I have two bent pipes with tiny holes in the stems. I was thinking of sending them out for new stems.
    But today I found an old stem and hold it in a candle and when on fire I blow it out and put the rubber in the holes. Then I sandpapered and had them on the machine.
    You can still see the holes but no smoke is coming up. How long it will last time will show, but I have had my pleasure. But what a smell, I had to open doors and windows before the madam arrived home.
    It doesn't half stink Jorgen. I was messing about the other week with the stem from my Bewlay holding the tenon part over a candle. I successfully heated it up enough that it would fit inside the shank without falling out although it still wasn't tight enough for me. Gave it another go over the candle, overdid it a bit and the fumes started going up my nose. This time I expanded it too much and when I forced it in the shank of the Bewlay broke.

    Short time later the wife came in and remarked about the strange smell....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    It doesn't half stink Jorgen. I was messing about the other week with the stem from my Bewlay holding the tenon part over a candle. I successfully heated it up enough that it would fit inside the shank without falling out although it still wasn't tight enough for me. Gave it another go over the candle, overdid it a bit and the fumes started going up my nose. This time I expanded it too much and when I forced it in the shank of the Bewlay broke.

    Short time later the wife came in and remarked about the strange smell....
    Oh,no ! When I have one with a loose peg, I hold it over a candle and turn it round and round and are careful not to burn it. When I feel with a finger the peg is hot enough I put it under running water. If it is hard to get on place after it have cooled down I rub it in dry hand soap. Thats why I buy dry hand soap, the madam use bottle soap.

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    I shall remember that Jorgen. It wasn't a good Bewlay thank goodness. It was one of the last ones made when the quality wasn't up to much.

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