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Opening up the bit

Discussion in 'Stems & Stummels' started by holymolar, Dec 18, 2013.

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  1. holymolar

    holymolar Member

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    Does anyone else open up the bits when restoring estate pipes?

    I use a graduated set of mm drill bits in my dremel, on the slowest speed, to do this. I start with a small drill bit that goes in and work up to approximately .090 mm - which allows extra large fluffy pipe cleaners to easily pass. And a very easy airflow. The drill bits also clean out most of the crud in the stems which saves time, when I continue cleaning them out with alcohol and pipe cleaners.

    Before and after photos:
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    Here's another one where I only drilled a hole but didn't do the entire slot. It works just as well.
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  2. bubbagump

    bubbagump Well-Known Member

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    I have not, but that's a good idea.

    I have one pipe that has such a narrow bit that it can't even pass a standard pipe cleaner...much less one of those extra fluffy ones. I was toying with the idea of picking up some of those narrow Falcon pipe cleaners. We'll see...
     
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