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My gourd Calabash bowl is loose, any advice?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by user2725, Nov 12, 2012.

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  1. user2725

    user2725 Active Member

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    I have a Butz Choquin Gourd Calabash that I bought new, after the few smokes the bowl started to get loose, it has a natural cork ring that holds the bowl by a friction fit, it seems to have shrunk, anyone has any experience with this and is there a way to "plump up" the cork again?
     
  2. WyoBob

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    How about smearing some clear silicone on the gasket with your finger? Mask off areas so only the gasket gets coated. After drying, if it isn't tight enough, apply another layer.
     
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    Ok..... I gotta post it here too..

     
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  5. MikeInMaine

    MikeInMaine Well-Known Member

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    Don't be afraid to soak a cork BriarBoy.:ohyh:
     
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  7. FlatbushPaul

    FlatbushPaul Cellar is in an undisclosed Bunker

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    Does it tighten up when it warms up?
     
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    Hahahahahaha God damn goat, you are my new idol. Oooohhhhh God, I just had the biggest laugh of my life with that video.
     
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    Go to a local auto parts store and look over their sheets of cork gaskets. Find a thin one that you can cut a shim and glue to your existing gasket in the bowl. Or, one thicker and make a new bowl gasket.
     
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  10. user2725

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    No, I am getting just enough seal to smoke but it is quite loose for all practical puposes, I will try steaming it to expand it, it doesn't need much, I refuse to soak it Goat.
     
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  11. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    When it comes to calabash care: If you have to ask how, ask a cow! Where's Mr Moo? I'll bet he knows.
     
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  12. FlatbushPaul

    FlatbushPaul Cellar is in an undisclosed Bunker

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    I have a very old Calabash that had the bowl and gasket replaced just as I purchased it. The seal was poor but improved with smoking and ewarming up through smoking it. Steam should swell it up but might be only temporary as it dries out. I can' see how it would harm it if done gently. I am interested in what Mr. Moo has to say.
     
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  13. citrine

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    Try beeswax. works for me.
     
  14. dhintonca

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    Cork grease is what I use, but as a clarinet player I always have lots around! Your local music store probably stocks it for a couple of bucks. I don't recommend silicon grease, as it a) will creep to everywhere else, and b) makes things more slippery, not less! If you've an instrument repair shop in range, they should be able to replace the cork easily for you - if it's too thick it's easy to sand down!
     
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