downstem stuck in bong

Downstem stuck in bong

Edited by InTheFlesh714 (04/05/07 04:06 AM)

Edited by InTheFlesh714 (04/05/07 04:06 AM)

There SHOULD be a rubber seal around the stem, between the stem and the bong wall. If not, then the glass may have jammed together, and that shit can stick really tight when jammed.

It’s a pain in the ass sometimes to get the stem back in with the rubber piece on it, so your friend (or someone) probably didn’t know any better and just jammed it in.

At least that how my JBDs work.

Gumby said:
Try soaking the entire thing in alcohol over night. Cover it at least to the top of the joint. That should dissolve all the resin in there. Wiggle the joint occasionally.

we had it upside down soaking in 71% isopropyl but nothing, should we go for it again using 91% or what, i was thinking of boiling water, the bong weighs like 5 pounds its a heavy piece so i think it can take it

“There was a dirty rainbow coming out of the fucking toilet” – 40 Oz.

try hooking two wires onto the inside and pulling? lol i dunno.

I did like the “because it’s *bold*Glass on Glass*endbold* response.

Twist that sucker and slowly tug on it little by little. Probably would be easier if you poured hot water on it or got it warm before you tried it so the resin will loosen up. I can’t imagine it being that hard though.

edit- That is if the down stem is fully intact, you should have something to grip onto unless the stem is broken inside, in which case I have no clue. Thinking about it more I guess that’s what you meant. Still, getting it warm is a good start.

I was able to get my downstem unstuck (which was stuck to the base for over a year) with ease, and I’ll tell you how. First of all this happened because there was water between the two glass tubes, not because of resin. When there is water between glass, it acts as a glue. Water has higher adhesive forces (between water and glass) than cohesive forces (between water molecules) which causes capillary action and creates that meniscus in test tubes. In the bong, water between the downstem and the base pulls both pieces closer together and with great force. Thats why it gets stuck.

To remove fused glass, here is what you should do:

1) crush ice and fill the bong with it (a third of the way up the shaft)
2) fill the downstem with ice as well (not too tightly packed but not really lose either)
3) now place the bong in a pot of really hot water and keep it there for about 1 or 2 minutes
4) while holding the bong in hot water, gently tap the downstem with another piece of glass (any glass item works. Wine glass is a bad idea because its really thin and might break)
5) after about 2 to 3 minutes, shake and twist the downstem. It should come off easily.

The mechanism behind this is like so: the ice on the inside is in contact with the downstem and the cold temperature makes it contract. The hot water on the outside expands the glass base. This creates space between the two glass pieces, making it ridiculously easy to separate them.

as the title shows, my friends downstem is stuck to his bong, we’ve cleaned it with salt and 91% isopropyl and still nothing. what trick will get this downstem out??