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 for a carburetor or a different stem, or if you want to clean your glass bong from the tar and resin buildup, you need to be careful and follow some simple steps to avoid breaking or cracking your glass bong. Here are some tips on how to do it safely and effectively.

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, such as:

  • A glass bottle with a long neck and a wide base
  • A 3/4″ diamond drill bit
  • A battery powered drill
  • A rubber grommet with an outside diameter of 31/32″, an inner diameter of 1/2″, and a 3/4″ groove
  • A 14mm glass bowl and downstem
  • Safety goggles and gloves

Once you have everything ready, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the bottle and remove any plastic labels or stickers.
  2. Mark a spot on the bottle where the surface is relatively flat, somewhere on the upper curve of the body. Use the grommet as a guide and trace a circle with a sharpie.
  3. Attach the diamond drill bit to your drill and put on your safety goggles and gloves.
  4. Turn on the faucet and get a steady stream of water over the drill spot. This will keep the glass cool and prevent it from breaking.
  5. Start drilling slowly at an angle until you make a small notch in the glass. Then, gradually straighten the drill until it’s perpendicular to the glass. Keep drilling until you make a hole through the glass.
  6. Grind away any sharp edges and clean out the glass shavings with water.
  7. Put in the grommet, stem, and bowl. Make sure they fit snugly and securely.
  8. Congratulations, you have just drilled a hole in your glass bong!

Sources: How to Make a Glass Water Bong – wikiHow, How to drill a hole in a GLASS bottle – Bong Tutorial – YouTube

How to Clean Your Glass Bong?

Cleaning your glass bong is essential for maintaining its quality and performance. You should change the water in your bong after every smoke session, and deep clean your bong roughly once a week. To clean your glass bong, you will need:

  • Isopropyl alcohol (70% or 90%)
  • Coarse salt
  • A resealable plastic bag or a food storage tub
  • A bong brush or a sponge
  • Dish soap and warm water

Once you have everything ready, follow these steps:

  1. Detach the smaller parts from the bong, such as the bowl, the slide, and the stem. Rinse them with hot water to loosen any debris.
  2. Place the parts in a plastic bag or a tub with isopropyl alcohol and salt. Shake the bag gently for a few minutes, then let it soak for 4-5 hours.
  3. Pour out the water from the bong and fill it halfway with isopropyl alcohol. Add 4 tbsp of salt and shake the bong over the sink for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Scrub the inside of the bong with a bong brush or a sponge to remove any remaining residue.
  5. Pour out the alcohol/salt mixture from the bong and rinse it with warm water and dish soap.
  6. Rinse the smaller parts with warm water and dish soap as well.
  7. Let everything air dry for about an hour or until there is no smell of alcohol.
  8. Congratulations, you have just cleaned your glass bong!

Sources: How to Clean a Glass Bong – wikiHow, How to Clean Glass Bongs & Pipes | Leafly