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Patching a large stem hole

Discussion in 'Stems & Stummels' started by holymolar, Sep 19, 2013.

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  1. DogTalker

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    Test
     


  2. Riff Raff

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    got it
     
  3. DogTalker

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    I bought some 5 min. epoxy. Two tubes that mix together. I will try that. It says hard in 5 min, must be different stuff. Wonder why the JB weld didn't work? What about black super glue with a pinch of stem dust instead? I'm thinking my repair crumbled because I had too much dust to not enough glue. Could try adjusting the ratio. Wondering if I should try that or the 5 min epoxy method? Hmmm.
     
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    Not sure about the 5 minute stuff--when I was into the knife-making thing, the wisdom was that the slower curing the epoxy, the stronger the bond would be. Of course in this case, we're not actually "bonding" anything, but using it as a filler.
     
  5. ArmedOctopus

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    Who bites that hard on a pipe stem? That's what I wanna know. Sheesh.
     
  6. holymolar

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    2 more large stem holes repaired with epoxy and superglue.
    Give this a try. It seems to be working.


    Original before sanding and smoothing the edges of the holes
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    Thick paper lightly coated with vaseline and pipe cleaners to hold it in place
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    After epoxy but before superglue
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    After superglue, sanding, and micromesh pads, but before final polishing
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    After polishing/buffing
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  7. DogTalker

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    Awesome job!
     
  8. DogTalker

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    Where do you get your epoxy?
     
  9. holymolar

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    I'm using the slow set black epoxy from Stewart-McDonald. The same place where I got the black superglue.

    I hope you do it on that stem you tried with superglue only. Let me know if it works.
     
  10. moosecop

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    Possibly a pipe smoking beaver. I have an eye tooth that marks my stems but never seen this.
     
  11. just5042

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    Wow Holymolar that is really something! there are a few pipes at a used store here but I was afraid to but them and then end up having to find or buy new stems. Now that I have seen this I may just pick em up!
     
  12. DogTalker

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    I used superglue with vulcanite dust.
    I will be ordering the epoxy from Stew-Mac!
     
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