Orlik Billiard Stuck Stem Inner-Tube

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pipeman7

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Got a new Orlik, has the inner tube, stem is stuck tight as fuck. Tried the freezer trick, any suggestions really nice pipe

 

pipeman7

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This pipe is NEW as in never used, I'm sure the stem hasn't been removed ever, and it's a Lucite stem or plastic whatever

 

didimauw

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Sometimes after a good couple bowls back to back, my stems get loose. Only after drying completely do they tighten back up.

 

pipeman7

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I like to give a pipe that's been who knows where for 60 years a very thorough cleaning before putting it my mouth. More thorough than can be done without removing it. It also stuck with the stem at an angle now

 

pipeman7

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Yea.....
It seems the stem being stuck has to do with the inner tube. Does anyone have experience with a stuck aluminum tube pipe? Perhaps a Dunhill or Punto Oro or another Orlik?

 

pipeman7

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I could've have given it a surface cleaning and tried to smoke it to loosen it up but the stem is stuck cockeyed

 

pipeman7

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jp thank you for the suggestion. Is it safe for the briar? I always avoid getting briar to wet aside from the rain. What do you think the hot water will do? Any other methods besides the pencil which I don't think would do anything here

 

jpmcwjr

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Yes, water is completely safe for briar unless there's a crack or fissure. And of course, no soaking! Hopefully the heat and moisture will loosen the hold. Good luck!

 

aquadoc

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Organic substances will not, for the most part, dissolve in H2O. But they will dissolve in EtOH. Balsam, resins, saps, sugars, esters, etc. will readily dissolve in EtOH. A possible issue is that some sap/resin/oils leached out over time and are acting as a light glue, holding the tube and stem together with the shank. Maybe. Adding the grain may be enough to dissolve the "glue" enough to loosen its grip. My 2 nos Dublins have a tube and were stuck. Alcohol worked a charm but ymmv and it may be a waste of time. Is there a possible downside to adding the alcohol?