How to Repair a Broken Bong Percolator
Introduction: How to Repair a Broken Bong Percolator
Note: This tutorial will work on tobacco waterpipes (bongs) with 4mm glass. It is easier to do than it looks. You just might have to practice with the glass cutter. If you like your bong a lot or if it was expensive, it is definetely worth it. Besides, once you have all the materials you can fix many bongs in future, too. Also, it is a fun project.
You will need:
– A simple glass cutter, for example this one: Amazon.com link*
– Two component epoxy glue without solvents (you also can get food
grade epoxy if you want), DON’T use glass glue unless it is food grade and water resistant. Normal glue will not work! For example this one: Amazon.com link*
Advantage of epoxy: once dried out it is very hard, not toxic and the one I
have is also resistant to acid and bases (good for dishwasher tabs when
– A jetflame lighter or candle (for thicker/ thinner glass)
– Not to forget: A broken bong (whole percolator broken off or if an arm of the perc broke off)
* = These links are all amazon.com affiliate links
Step 1: Using the Glass Cutter
– wash your bong from the inside and outside with dishwasher tabs and hot water (that yellow thingy is the rest of a tab that didnt dissolve properly)
– then dry it off well on the outside
– find a stable and easily turnable position to (ideally) cut a perfect ring around the neck of your bong
– apply a little oil to the small cutting wheel of the glass cutter
– mark the place where you want to cut (in my case at the bottom so I can
get at the bottom of the percolator when glueing it back on later)
– place the glass cutter straight onto the glass
– gently apply force on it so you get a deeper cut while slowly turning it
– (practice on a normal glass before if you want to)
– don’t panic – the glass cutter doesn’t really cut the glass deep at all, more looks like a scratch
Step 2: Open Up the Bong
– Now carefully heat the small cut the glass cutter made. Use a jetflame
lighter (thicker glass) or a candle (thinner glass) for around 20-30
– try to only heat the small cut
– then immediately cool the glass off with cold water
– the glass will crack after this. If it doesn’t, try heating the cut longer or
you have a bong made of heat resistable glass.
– do this over and over again bit by bit until you have a nice crack going through and all the way around the glass
– you might have to re-cut some places
– after you have a crack around it it will either easily come apart or you have to gently knock it on an edge (of a wooden table)
– once apart, wash the inside out with hot water and dry the perc and the other two parts well with a hairdryer
Step 3: Fixing Your Percolator
– Firstly, take the epoxy and make an equally long line of each the epoxy and the hardener and mix it up well (you don’t need very much)
– apply it to whatever you want to stick back together
– hold it in place for 5 minutes
– (if just one of the arms broke off you can either put it back on or block
the hole with epoxy and throw away the one arm)
– wait 10 minutes and apply another layer around the outside just to go sure it won’t leak any water (only if your whole percolator broke off like in the pictures)
Step 4: Putting Everything Back Together
– Now, mix some more epoxy
– Find the exact position where the two parts were together before
– Apply it to both sides (not too much or it will flow out on the sides when
put together -> not so nice)
– push from the top so everything goes together tightly without air bubbles
– stabilize the position otherwise it moves slightly while drying and then you have edges
– it will be smokeable in 18-48 hours
– CONGRATS! You will have fixed your bong!
I fixed two bongs this way. Didn’t find any tutorial with this method so I decided to share it with you!
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My Bowl Broke in My Downstem. What do I do?
October 15, 2020
Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of having one of our favorite bowls seal too tight in the downstem and break off. Luckily there are ways to deal with this issue. Below are some of the methods we’ve found have the best chance of success for retriveing the broken piece out of your downstem and keeping your bong intact.
Note: These methods can also be used for retrieving a broken downstem trapped in your bong as well.
1. Use a Potato: This is one of the safest methods f retrieving broken glass (this is also a great tip for dealing with broken lightbulbs). If there is enough of the glass showing out of the downstem then grab a potato and press it onto the broken glass until it stick and simply twist out. If the piece will not twist see Step 2.
2. Oil and Water: Soak the broken piece in oil or hot water to help loosen the glass so it is able to twist out. If using oil let it soak in for atleast 5 minutes before trying to remove. With water make sure it is hot water and is run over the area for atleast 5 minutes.
3. Coat Hanger: If you still ar unable to retrieve the damaged glass then bend a coat hanger straight while leaving the hook on the end to help pull the piece out of the downstem. This works best when combined with water or oil treatment as well.
4. Screwdriver/ Break It!: As a final result you can try to gently break the whole piece out, including the downstem, and then simply wash out the excess broken glass. Use a screwdriver or heavy metal tool and gently tap on the inside of the broken glass until shatter. This requires light tapping as opposed to agressive breaking. Once broken ensure all glass is safely removed from your bong. This is a final result and should only be used when all other options are exhausted in order to still save the bong.
How to Prevent This?: Now while this may not be helpful if your bowl or downstem are already stuck, there are some simple tricks you can use to avoid this issue in the future.
1. Keep it Clean: You see cannabis oils & concentrates tend to be on the sticky sides so it doesn’t take much for this residue to buildup between the joint and the glass downstem of your bong causing it to stick. We suggest using one of our bong cleaners regularly to avoid this issue. Clean glass is happy glass.
2. Keep it Dry: Many people are surprised that residual moisture can cause a tight seal when the cleaned downstem is wet. Keep your downstems and bowls nice and dry before inserting them back into the bong.
3. Use Lube: If you can’t keep your pieces perfectl dry then using a dab of olive oil, beeswax lip balm or our favorite joint wax on the bowl or downstem where they connect. Apply liberally to the entire male joint surface prior to connecting, twist the joints while inserting to coat both surfaces evenly to prevent glass grinding and then adjust the joints into the final position and you’re done.
4. Be careful!: One common mistake when dealing with glass is not handling your glass with care. To best disconnect your joints and bowls, simply rotate one side while pulling the joint apart. DO NOT pull the joints apart without rotating as damage to the glass may occur.
Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of having one of our favorite bowls seal too tight in the downstem and break off. Luckily there are ways to deal with this issue. Below are some of the methods we've found have the best chance of success for retriveing the broken piece out of your downstem and keeping your