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How to clean out hole in bowl?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by mecompco, Sep 22, 2012.

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  1. mecompco

    mecompco Active Member

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    Bought this Paul Viou briar off eBay for around 5 bucks, shipped.

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    It seems to be in nice shape, but the hole at the bottom of the bowl is totally clogged, no way a pipe cleaner or even Checz tool pick will go through. How should I clean it? A drill bit comes to mind, but thought I'd check with the experts first. Thanks!

    Regards,
    Michael
     


  2. Monkeyshine

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    I personally would use the little drill but thing that came with my senior pipe reamer so your drill bit idea isn't a bad one at all.
     
  3. Coda

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    I have a shank brush that I usually use for that such occasion, but I reckon if you have a wire hanger laying around, cut about a 6 inch straight section out, and use that to kind of poke your way through...
     
  4. Bradabelko4

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    Wouldn't a little alcohol& salt, not the normal length of time soften that right up?
     
  5. kb7get

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    I just picked up one of these and a few small drill bits. Cleaned/opened up a few briars and also a small meer that did not have an open enough draw for me. With the meer I not only opened up the bowl but also the push/pull bit between the stem and shank.

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  6. dhintonca

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    Yes, that's my method too. I do have some much smaller handles that I like better, though -- it's easier to feel what the drill bit is doing!
     
  7. mecompco

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    Thanks, guys, will try the drill, gently. Looking for a good deal on a Senior reamer, any place better than Amazon (around $19 with shipping for just the tool, not the big set w/drills and all)?

    Regards,
    Michael
     
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