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Kaywoodie help

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  1. BigJ

    BigJ Active Member

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    Ive got a pair of estate kaywoodies whose stems dont screw in straight. Any suggestions on how to fix them. I was thinking of just pitting a washer or two in between the stem and shank. Any help appreciated.
     
  2. mtsgsd

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    First off, they are made to be just a little to the left of full center to allow for wear (that's what I hear anyway. stupid idea). Most of mine look that way. That said, I have a Kaywoodie with a stem that looks like the correct stem for the pipe, but clearly is not because it's so dang far off.
    Point being that maybe they aren't the correct stems?
     
  3. Sasquatch

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    Washer. :th1:
     
  4. Arkie

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    I have successfully fixed some of my pipes with that problem but I would hesitate to recommend how I did it. I warmed the aluminum insert over a candle flame so it temporarily loosened in the stem and gently turned it with a pair of pliers until it aligned properly. As the insert cools it locks into place. If the process isn't done carefully and correctly it can really screw up the pipe. As Sas said, if the washer works.....
     
  5. BigJ

    BigJ Active Member

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    Brilliant! Didn't even need to heat em up. Thanks for the tip. It almost seemed too easy, i probably screwed em up in thelong run. Lol
     
  6. Hoshnasi

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    I have some experience in this, if you were able to move the stringer without heating it you might have hurt the pipe slightly. Warm it up as defined in Arkie's post and then let is cool (set). That should firm up the connection and will make it tight again.
     
  7. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Yup , get it to turn and problem solved . Sometimes they dont want to budge ... then I get the sledgehammer out [ lol ]
     
  8. Hoshnasi

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    HAHA, this reminds me of the time I left a 1950's era Flame Grain in a backpack for five minutes. <CRUSHED STEM>!!!!
     
  9. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    UG ! I cant even say how many I've put in my back pocket and sat on .. snap !
     
  10. mtsgsd

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    Awesome! I was contemplating doing that exact thing! Nice to hear that it can work.
     
  11. BigJ

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    Oops. Thanks for the heads up. I'll take care of that
     
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