Broken bong downstems aren't the end of the world. To begin, you must analyse the extent of the damage. Where is the damage, and how adversely has it affected your downstem? After you've finished your evaluation, you'll be able to decide how to continue with the repairs.
The first tip is to use duct tape.
If your downstem has clean cracks and/or the number of components to connect is fewer than three, duct tape may be used.
1. Clean and dry the edges well.
2.Reassemble the shattered components as securely and perfectly as feasible.
3.Wrap duct tape all the way around the assembly to secure it.
Keep in mind that this is just a temporary solution, especially if the fractured component is immersed in water. Duct tape may be used to thicken the downstem of your beaker bong. To accommodate the downstem, you may need to remove the grommet at the junction. However, don't expect the same airless, flawless connecting as before.
Tip #2: Make use of adhesives
Bonding materials like food-grade silicone or food-grade epoxy provide a temporary remedy for your broken downstem.
Utilization of food-grade silicone:
1. Thoroughly wash the components, taking care not to harm the fractures.
2.Following the manufacturer's directions, assemble your food-grade silicone.
3.Utilize silicone to seal the edges, giving special care to the cracks.
4.Assemble the pieces.
5.Allow the silicone to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Making use of food-grade epoxy:
1.Make certain that all of the edges are smooth and tidy. You may smooth off the rough edges using a triangle file. After you've smoothed the edges, sand them using fine-grit sandpaper.
2.Clean the components of the downstem.
3.Bond the pieces together by smearing epoxy along the borders.
4.Start using the pieces only when they have fully dried.
Additional bonding agents of industrial strength may also be used. However, use them with caution since they contain dangerous substances that may be damaging to your health.
Third tip: use a blowtorch.
A blowtorch is the most efficient and almost permanent means of fixing your downstem. Torching also allows for the attachment of tiny broken bits to the bong's downstem. However, given to the high temperatures and potential for fire, this is a task best left to specialists. If you decide to go forward with it, be sure you've taken all necessary precautions to prevent a fire.
1. Examine the edges of the broken-down stem. You must file the rough edges to create a clean connection.
2.Secure a piece of the downstem using a clamp. Use a set of strong tongs with a solid grip to grasp the second piece.
3.Torch the parts by directing the blue flame around the outside. Continue to heat the glass until it glows a vibrant crimson.
4.Assemble the pieces together, torching as you go, until they seem like they're merging. Incorporate a little broken piece, like in the previous stage.
5.Allow the pieces to cool naturally.
Make good use of a torch. A torch may be used to remove removable bowl stems. There is a chance that the intense heat may cause your bong's water chamber to crack.
It's vital to properly investigate the strategy you've selected when fixing your own downstem. You may hire a professional to do a cleaning repair, but expect to pay a premium. Depending on the amount of the damage, you may be better off obtaining a new bowl downstem.