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Save time cleaning estate pipes

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by lifeon2, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. lifeon2

    lifeon2 Member

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    One of the things I like to do with my pipes is open the draft hole to 5/32 so when I get an estate rather than go crazy with pipe cleaners and shank brushes and such I start with a 3/32 and work up one size at a time until I get to 5/32 I usually cut a decent amount of gunk out and I have found that it is much quicker than scrubbing them in the traditional manner. It is reaming the draft hole rather than scrubbing it. If there is still gunk it usually comes out pretty quickly.
     
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  2. jdto

    jdto Active Member

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    I did that with one and the draft hole ended up nice and clean. Good technique!
     
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  4. Pipe Matt

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    If the original draft hole is drilled flush with the bottom of the bowl, how do you avoid creating a trough when you widen it?
     
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  5. lifeon2

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    Dont use a power drill just twist it by hand
     
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    You can't. If you have a pipe that needs widening (it gurgles) just go for it. Or try widening just up to the bowl (don't go all the way). And taper the stem/shank transition if you can (there are several threads on this) -- it's all about creating an unobstructed airway (with few transitions) from bowl to you.
     
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