How to Avoid Breaking or Cracking Your Glass Bong While Drilling or Cleaning It?


A glass bong is a great way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco, but it can also be a fragile and delicate piece of equipment. If you want to drill a hole in your glass bong to add a downstem and bowl, or if you want to clean your glass bong to remove any residue or dirt, you need to be careful and follow some tips to avoid breaking or cracking your glass bong. Here are some steps you can take to prevent any damage to your glass bong while drilling or cleaning it.

How to Drill a Hole in Your Glass Bong?

Drilling a hole in your glass bong can be tricky, but not impossible. You will need a few tools and materials to do it safely and successfully. Here are the things you will need:

  • A glass bottle with a long neck and a wide base. This will be the body of your glass bong.
  • A 3/4″ diamond drill bit. This is a special drill bit designed to cut through glass without shattering it. You can find it online or at some hardware stores.
  • A battery-powered drill. You will need a cordless drill because you will be using water to cool the glass while drilling.
  • A rubber grommet. This is a rubber ring that will seal the hole and hold the downstem in place. You will need a grommet with an outside diameter of 31/32″, an inner diameter of 1/2″, and a 3/4″ groove.
  • A 14mm glass downstem and bowl. These are the parts that will allow you to smoke from your glass bong. You can find them at local head shops or online.
  • A sharpie, duct tape, safety goggles, and a sink.

Once you have all the materials ready, you can follow these steps to drill a hole in your glass bong:

  1. Clean the bottle with warm water and remove any plastic labels or stickers.
  2. Mark a spot on the bottle where you want to drill the hole. It should be on the upper curve of the body, where the surface is relatively flat. Use the grommet as a guide and trace a circle with the sharpie.
  3. Attach the diamond drill bit to your drill and put on your safety goggles.
  4. Turn on the faucet and hold the bottle under a steady stream of water. The water will keep the glass cool and prevent it from cracking.
  5. Start drilling slowly at the marked spot. To get a steady drill, first angle the drill bit so it just touches the top of the spot. Slowly angle the drill bit until it’s going into the glass at a 90 degree angle, using the carved out edge as a pivot.
  6. Keep drilling until you break through the other side of the glass. Be careful not to push too hard or too fast, as this can cause the glass to crack or shatter.
  7. Grind away any sharp edges or debris from the hole with the drill bit. Rinse out the bottle with water and dry it off.
  8. Insert the grommet into the hole and make sure it fits snugly. Then insert the downstem through the grommet and attach the bowl to it.

Congratulations! You have successfully drilled a hole in your glass bong and added a downstem and bowl. You can now fill your glass bong with water and enjoy smoking from it.

How to Clean Your Glass Bong?

Cleaning your glass bong is important to maintain its functionality and appearance. If you don’t clean your glass bong regularly, it can get clogged with resin, tar, ash, and other impurities that can affect the taste and quality of your smoke. Cleaning your glass bong also prevents bacteria and mold from growing inside it, which can be harmful to your health. Here are some steps you can take to clean your glass bong:

  1. Remove the downstem and bowl from your glass bong and rinse them with hot water.
  2. Pour some coarse salt into your glass bong. The salt will act as an abrasive agent that will scrub away any residue from the inside of your glass bong.
  3. Pour some rubbing alcohol into your glass bong. The alcohol will act as a solvent that will dissolve any sticky or oily substances from the inside of your glass bong.
  4. Cover the hole of your glass bong with duct tape and shake it vigorously. The salt and alcohol mixture will swirl around and clean the inside of your glass bong.
  5. Repeat the shaking process until the liquid inside your glass bong is clear and free of any dirt or debris.
  6. Pour out the liquid and rinse your glass bong with hot water. Make sure to remove any traces of salt or alcohol from your glass bong.
  7. Clean the downstem and bowl with a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Remove any residue or ash from them.
  8. Rinse the downstem and bowl with hot water and dry them off.
  9. Reassemble your glass bong and enjoy smoking from it.

There you have it! You have successfully cleaned your glass bong and made it look and smell fresh. You can now enjoy smoking from your glass bong without any worries.