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itsnotuitsme

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I recently got into a discussion about how to properly screw on and off a mouthpiece. Until now, I always screwed it in clockwise and screwed it off counterclockwise, just like i would a screw, because it feels natural to me, as all the mini grooves on the tenon would be roughly the same diagonal direction. The argument from the other side was, to always turn it right, as that's the way the drill turned originally and that's supposed to minimise the chance to break the shank...

What's your philosophy about it and why?

By the way, if there's already a thread regarding this, I'd appreciate a pointer, i couldn't find anything.
 
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paulfg

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I read somewhere,always clockwise.Thats what I do
The reason given ,that is the direction of the drill.As you stated.
No idea if it makes a different but seemed sensible to me
 
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PiperCalvinist

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Title edited.

I recently got into a discussion about how to properly screw on and off a mouthpiece. Until now, I always screwed it in clockwise and screwed it off counterclockwise, just like i would a screw, because it feels natural to me, as all the mini grooves on the tenon would be roughly the same diagonal direction. The argument from the other side was, to always turn it right, as that's the way the drill turned originally and that's supposed to minimise the chance to break the shank...

What's your philosophy about it and why?

By the way, if there's already a thread regarding this, I'd appreciate a pointer, i couldn't find anything.
Title edited.

I recently got into a discussion about how to properly screw on and off a mouthpiece. Until now, I always screwed it in clockwise and screwed it off counterclockwise, just like i would a screw, because it feels natural to me, as all the mini grooves on the tenon would be roughly the same diagonal direction. The argument from the other side was, to always turn it right, as that's the way the drill turned originally and that's supposed to minimise the chance to break the shank...

What's your philosophy about it and why?

By the way, if there's already a thread regarding this, I'd appreciate a pointer, i couldn't find anything.
I had the same question and thought when I started smoking, but only had it because I saw guys spin their stems out a specific way. I come from the mechanical engineering field, so when I saw it I thought ? I think folks do it mainly because somebody told them they should, and/or it just makes them feel better about the treatment of their pipes - not because it’s necessary. To each his own. From an engineering standpoint the stem is turned on a machine and then sanded/polished, therefore making any kind of grove direction very negligible. If the pipe is well made it shouldn’t make any difference. The most important thing is that you remove it carefully, not careless or hurriedly.
 

itsnotuitsme

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I had the same question and thought when I started smoking, but only had it because I saw guys spin their stems out a specific way. I come from the mechanical engineering field, so when I saw it I thought ? I think folks do it mainly because somebody told them they should, and/or it just makes them feel better about the treatment of their pipes - not because it’s necessary. To each his own. From an engineering standpoint the stem is turned on a machine and then sanded/polished, therefore making any kind of grove direction very negligible. If the pipe is well made it shouldn’t make any difference. The most important thing is that you remove it carefully, not careless or hurriedly.
I meant those little groves/scratches, that will inevitably accumulate on the outside of the tenon and having those roughly align with each other versus them criss-crossing. Sorry if I expressed that poorly.
 

FLDRD

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Somewhere along the way, I was told or read clockwise in, counter-clockwise out.
I've used that and it works fine.
So does the other direction......
I've also found some that practically beg to simply be rotated ever so slightly both directions as it's being inserted - and that works best - for that particular pipe.
I try to find what the pipe likes best, based on the least amount of friction felt and pressure used - and then maintain consistency with it.
<This is where wisdom arrived and I self-edited an analogy>
 
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ItsKarl

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I'm new to this, but as there are no threads, I can't see that it matters. I go back and forth. Sometimes it's pretty tight, sometimes it's smooth sailing, and sometimes it's a bit like this

 
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Sig

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I do not believe ive ever heard that before, and I sure do not follow it.:)
I go whichever way is easiest, its never failed me yet.
I have heard to always remove the stem when the pipe is cool.
I have heard guys say they have loose stems after removing while the pipe is warm.
 

bullet08

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Counterclockwise, both on and off. Except on a full moon. I usually add a good howling with the twist. Then there is the eclipse. Definitely yank it right off the pipe and hope for the best.
 
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