How to Identify if Your Waterpipe is Cracked or Damaged
How to Identify if Your Waterpipe is Cracked or Damaged
It seems inevitable that whenever you buy a new pipe or bong, somebody’s going to dropkick it the very first time you use it. Seriously, think about how often you’ve seen this happen or (worse yet) had it happen to you. I’m sure you’re familiar with the scene. You’ll be in a circle of friends, happy to be trying out the new smoking piece, and everything is going great until your best friend/big doofus cracks a joke and knocks over your cherished color-changing pipe. There’s a hush over the circle and then you hear that unmistakable sound of glass/ceramic hitting the stone floor.
You scramble to the fallen piece and quickly survey the damage. Is it a goner? Maybe it looks okay, but how can you tell if it might have been damaged? Has it been maimed beyond redemption? Can it be rescued? Is there anything you can do to repair it? That’s why it’s so important to be able to How to Identify if Your Waterpipe is Cracked or Damaged.
Here’s a quick little guide for anyone who finds that they need to do some quick bong/waterpipe triage and assessment.
It’s A Goner
If it sounds like a funhouse Hall of Mirrors has just crashed down, or that somebody’s been beating on a cymbal in a drum kit, I’ve got some bad news for you. If your glass bubbler is in a multi-shard pile, there’s no amount of epoxy/superglue/tape that’s gonna help. Even if you have the patience or a stained-glass artisan, it’s pretty unlikely you’re ever going to be able to fit the glass puzzle back together again and maintain the proper integrity for your smoking piece to function properly. You’re just going to have to contact your tobacco online store and get a new one. Your choice, of course! Maybe a beautiful new bong, maybe a mini bubbler, even a chillum. Whichever replacement piece you select, you’ll definitely want to snag one up immediately to lessen the pain you’ll be feeling. You might want to get a new best friend, too. Though you should probably wait a day or two before making that decision.
Well, It Looks Okay, But. . .
Depending on the fragility, it’s sometimes difficult to tell if there’s a miniscule crack or break in the pipe. If it looks okay to the naked eye, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in the clear. You should probably get a penlight or your smart phone’s flashlight and do a little further investigation. (You may want to kill the lights in your room prior to doing so.) For clear glass pipes, you should be able to discern any breaks easily enough. For ceramic bongs, it might be trickier to locate any break.
Is it Airtight? Is There a Seal?
If you have a break in your pipe that’s big enough to be a problem, you’ll know the next time you fire it up, even if you’re unable to physically see the crack. If it doesn’t draw correctly or seems impossible to light, then you’ve probably got some leakage. And if you notice miniscule drops of water forming on the outside of your smoking piece, I’m afraid you’re going to have to break down and do some serious repair work, pronto.
All is Not Lost!
There is reason for optimism, though. Look, if somebody can replace a cracked screen on your smart phone in this day and age, it’s pretty likely that there’s somebody out there who can fix a damaged waterpipe. Do a little quick Googling and check out your local “bong repair” in your area. Chances are, there’s some pipe-repairing wizard in your very postal district, and if not, there are always national centers that specialize in this sort of thing. Just be careful, if you have to UPS it, that you pack your mangled smoking pipe securely, with plenty of packing peanuts or newspaper. And yes, it may be a drag to have to shell out more bucks for the repair, but if it’s an expensive piece or one that holds a ton of sentimental value, it’s going to be worth it.
The DIY Handyman
Okay, so your smoked glass waterpipe has a crack or hole in it that isn’t necessarily life-threatening, but it does require some work. . . is this something you can do by yourself? Even if you failed shop in high school, the good news is that almost anyone can become an adequate DIY waterpipe repair guy (depending on the severity of the break, of course.) With a little guidance and the proper gear, an intrepid handyman can do the job by himself.
Duct Tape? Um. . . No.
It’s tempting to try to fix the break by grabbing that roll of duct tape that resides in every utility drawer, but you’re going to want to avoid doing so in most cases for one very specific reason: duct tape is not waterproof. If the hole or break is located in any area where the water will pass through, duct tape won’t be a permanent solution. Maybe, MAYBE if the hole is located in a non-water using area, it could work. But you’re better off looking towards a quality epoxy or some professional water-proofing product like Quick Seal. These products provide a much better solution without compromising the appearance of your bong or bubbler (I mean c’mon – duct tape is never a good look).
Listen to The Stars of YouTube!
With product in hand, then, go to YouTube and find a video that will show you the step-by-step process. Depending on your waterpipe, there’s probably a video available that will correspond to the very piece you want to fix. Most of the videos are relatively short—five minutes, tops—and the people walking you through it usually know their stuff. It might take a little surfing to find the video that’s most applicable for you, but these guides are surprisingly easy and useful to follow. And if it’s to save that cherished piece that you’re sentimentally attached to, the time spent will be more than worth it.
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