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BlueCandy

Advice needed on a AF Medium Solid 2. gen

Hello Guys.

I recently bought an Al Fakher Medium Solid hookah second gen, which are pretty rare to find these days. The owner said it had minor air leaks but I solved that by using some JB weld and it is air tight now. I dont know if this an issue but I feel like the draw is super restricted and the hookah doesnt boble much whenever I take a pull. I dont know if it is normal but i have other hookahs, KM  and two Shikas and they boble alot whenever I take a pull unless I use a diffuser. This hookah seems almost like its on a diffuser yet not. The cloud output is like any of my other hookahs, huge clouds, depending on tobacco and pack method. My concern is, it feels like the hookah doesnt really take hold of the water whenever I take a pull. Almost like it takes hold from the bowl straight. Is this normal? I dont know if it is because the vase is much smaller and the gauge of the stem is smaller of course.

 

Anybody get my point or know what i am talking about. Any help is appreciated

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It sounds to me like you have a leak between the stem and the vase. If this hookah has a chamber where the hose ports lead to and such rather than being totally open then the leak could be in there. Pics would help a little. I had a crack in my downstem just above water level on my previous pipe and the symptoms were very similar. 

Alternatively it could just be a very tight draw pipe. Give individual parts a test and see what the source of the tight draw could be, usually it would be the hose port but you can't exclude other parts of the pipe really.

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Its a traditionel chamber so the heart is closed, ive tried doing the leak test method, nothing really indicates it leaking air, yet somewhere it must leak. I cant really figure where. Its freaking bothering. I like restricted hookah, but this is beyond restricted

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On 29/1/2016 at 1:02 AM, Bawhee said:

Is the hose restrictive on it's own?

Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I have been really busy with other stuff and haven't had time to properly smoke or inspect the hookah further. Its not the hose, I have tried with different hoses. I suspect the leak is somewhere in the hoseport. I just cant locate it.

Edited by BlueCandy

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Well, seal off the pipe and blow into it, that way you can figure out if there is a leak and listen for it's location.

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