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Cleaning the tubes.

Discussion in 'Vapor Related Equipment' started by SpiralArchitect, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. SpiralArchitect

    SpiralArchitect ? & beyond

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    'Cleaning the tubes'
    :brow:

    So, it's been so been as long as I can remember cleaning my tubing. I normally would soak it in iso and evaporate the remains, but I never liked doing that. I fear it damages the tubing and the drying process can sometimes take a while, not to mention the taste of ISO sometimes lingers in the extract/tubing.

    Anyways,

    So, I tied a tiny piece of plastic shaped like a plunger from a pen to a piece of thin galvanized steel wire and pulled it through the whip. It was such the perfect size that it basically squeegeed it all out.

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    I thought it was so clever that I should pass the trick on. Maybe others have thought of it before, but whatever.... if anyone gives it a shot, let me know. :p I wrapped up the plunger thingie and put it away for safe keeping. :) Handy device.

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  2. Hennessy1414

    Hennessy1414 Terrorist

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  3. Beezleb

    Beezleb Well-Known Member

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    Sweet
     
  4. Clear_Dome

    Clear_Dome Vaporhead Glass Blower

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    the chunk look sweet LOL the taste of your vaporizer should be way better too !! it's alway better to use a clean vaporizer ,nice tip cause most of the time I just change it for a new one
     
  5. stickstones

    stickstones Wasted Staff Member

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    Good stuff, SA. Someone had posted an idea like that, but those pics really help! Can you get a pic of the plunger and wire without all the good lovin' on it? I'm having a hard time conceptualizing what it looks like with the goo attached.
     
  6. SpiralArchitect

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    Sure, I'll do that later today. :)

    edit///

    I thought I had to get batteries because they were dead. Found some.

    Here are the pics. It's coiled up because I keep it in a cupboard with all my other paraphernalia. I've been trying to think of a common household item that might be like this, but I couldn't think of one. This came from the end of a pen, it's the 'clicker' part that you push.

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    Fishing line would probably work just as well as the steel.
     
  7. Dr. Dope

    Dr. Dope Well-Known Member

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    i was wondering how you ran that though the tubes since your pictures from the first post weren't working yesterday, and i noticed you are using the silicone tubing which has more stretch to it
     
  8. stickstones

    stickstones Wasted Staff Member

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    Sweet, SA. Thanks for the pics!
     
  9. SpiralArchitect

    SpiralArchitect ? & beyond

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    No problem. Just keep your eyes peeled, something should show up and will work as the 'plunger'

    TBH, I think a walk through any hardware store and you could easily come up with something. Hell, maybe even a junk drawer in the garage....

    a serious tool for the serious vaporist. :2c:
     
  10. Zaireeka

    Zaireeka Well-Known Member

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    Wow, I REALLY need to do this.

    *looks for pen and thread*
     
  11. vaporcloud

    vaporcloud lurking kiwi

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    A screw or flathead nail should do the trick if the diameter of the head is slightly bigger than that of the tube.

    ^^^ Can't take credit for this comment tho ... Maxs idea I'm pretty sure. :uhoh:
     
  12. Hennessy1414

    Hennessy1414 Terrorist

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    I usually clean my tubes with a q-tip :o ....i like fresh greens/haven't saved up enough "hash" in the wand
     
  13. vaporcloud

    vaporcloud lurking kiwi

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    I've got a long turkey spiky thing that has a sharp edge and I simply scrap out the whiphash but want to try the other methods. The bowl I use is part of the ground glass setup for my vapordaddy and it has only straight edges and is real easy to scrap clean.
     
  14. Zaireeka

    Zaireeka Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I managed to get a screw through the whip last night to clean it for the first time, and I must say I was impressed with how clean it became afterwards. I had a bit of difficulty at first, because I didn't have anything that was string-like to tie the screw, so I ended up using a long piece of ribbon that was slightly longer than the tube. However, I couldn't get the ribbon to go through the tube without some help, so I had to straighten a coat hanger and use that to push the ribbon through. Overall it was much more trouble than it was worth (partly because you cannot make a hanger go completely straight). Next time I'm definitely going to make sure I use a string or something that would be much easier.
     
  15. SpiralArchitect

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    Yeah, Zaireeka, a long piece of strong twine or string is essential to avoid headaches.

    Good call on the screw Vaporcloud (or if it is max influenced, please, chime in dude!).... on Marijuana.com a member was asking about how to clean his vaporizing tubingso I linked him here. Another member, troublemaker_42, apparently has been using the same method.

    Great minds think alike? :lol:
     
  16. jklasd

    jklasd Well-Known Member

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    hmm, mine didn't look like that, at least not that dark. what are the best options for this? obviously thats a rather dumb question, as i can think of saving it for hash and perhaps sprinkle some on top of a bowl, but id like some opinions on those who been vaping much longer then me and probably tested a few ways to see whats the best for it. thanks:)
     
  17. VapourFighter

    VapourFighter Well-Known Member

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    We have a small stick that fits in the tube and we wrap a paper around it. Put it in, rub it around and leave it there for a minute or two then take it out. Cleans it up really nice between sessions and they we use the paper and roll up a j. Works out great.

    For major cleanings, it just goes into some iso for not even 5 min and then clean it out with a cotton swab.
     
  18. The_Algebraist

    The_Algebraist Well-Known Member

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    Did you vape that? If so, how was it?

    :p


     
  19. Xero

    Xero Well-Known Member

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    I did this today and it worked out pretty well. The hardest part was getting the twine to go down the whole tube. I messed around with some twine and some silicon string in a clean tube. I got it to work with the silicon string but I noticed it was leaving little white specs behind in the tube. I was using a hanger that I had straightened out to push the string through. I would get the hanger all the way in through the whole tube then tie/hook the string on one end and pull the hanger back through.

    So I had the great idea to get some hemp twine. I would rather smoke hemp than silicon. I went to my local craft store and found some really cheap. One other thing that I came across was hanging wire. I figured this might be a little better than the hanger. I got the cheapest wire (20 lbs strength) 9 feet of this was like $2.

    When I got home I had some trouble getting the hanging wire to go through the tube. I ended up doubling the wire back on it self and this worked pretty good. I would think the heavier strength wire would work better. So got the hemp attached to a nice flat head screw and pulled it all clean. It was easy.

    My shopping list was:

    1) $2 - Hemp Twine you can find this at a place that sells beads check hobby shops
    2) $2 - Hanging Wire at least twice the size of the tube if you get the cheapest kind
    3) $0.40 - Flat head machine screw I got it a hardware store the package says
    Part # 82375
    1/4 - 20 X 3/4
    Phillips Flat Head Machine Screw

    As far as I can tell machine screws don't come to a point. Which is good it won't cause you to puncture your tube. One of the best things that I did was do a dry run on a clean tube. It allowed me to try and figure a technique for when I had my dirty tube. I am very happy I did this. Seeing all the little silicon left over in the tube really concerned me when I did it the first time. Thank god for hemp twine.


    Now if have a question. Most of the stuff I harvested didn't really look like resin. It was more of finely ground herb that was really really sticky. I haven't tried this stuff yet but I have 2 cleanings worth. Will this stuff still knock me out?
     
  20. foolie

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    Thanks OP, I was able to clean my stems at last!
     
  21. daddygreenjeans

    daddygreenjeans Med Card Holder

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    So guys, should we vape this whip leftovers (like pipe resin) or should we treat like wand hash and make hash etc outta it??????????? Anyone ????:D
     
  22. 2clicker

    2clicker up to my ears in clams Accessory Maker

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    im going to try this soon

    i would imagine the longer the nail/screw the straighter it will pull through...?

    ill try to get some pics up
     
  23. JustinOG

    JustinOG Zen Vapist

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    If it comes out of your vape it will knock you out. =]
    But pics in order to confirm it of course.
    Or because i just want to see it, either way. :D
     
  24. jambolaya

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    cleaning whip with vinegar? (merged)

    I've seen people try to clean their whips with iso on here and have had bad results. I am wondering if it would be a good idea to pour some vinegar through the whip and then rinse it with water to make it look and smell fresh.
     
  25. Nycdeisel

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    No.

    Just buy new tubing, I have tried cleaning the tubing, its not worth the time/effort.
     

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