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Subject: Pipes Digest #65 - September 14, 1991
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		Pipes Digest #65 - September 14, 1991

From: ???????????????????????????? (Norm Carpenter)
Subject: Stem repair from the Golden State

I had the fortunate experience to be within a hundred miles of our
dedicated moderator Steve recently when I was called to NY City rather
briskly on business.  With a suit bag in hand,  ready for the drive to
the airport, I decided to sit down at the system and drop a quick email
note for Steve letting him know that I was going to be on the East
Coast.  I suggested a possible meeting, signed off, and headed East.

Later,  when I had been working at the trouble spot for a day,  I
arrived at my hotel room to find a message from Steve.  I quickly
called him and we agreed to meet for dinner the next day.  Elias was
supposed to join us but he had a prior obligation somewhere else.

During our discussion at dinner the topic of loose stems came up.  I
had told Steve that the tobacco shop owner where I first bought my pipe
had taught me a quick fix for a loose stem.  Steve suggested that I
send this out over the mailgroup.  Not a bad suggestion, so here it

I have a problem of having the stems on my pipe becomming loose over
time.  I think this happens because I get a lot of moisture in my
pipe.  (No, I don't remove the stem while the pipe is hot!)  Anyhow,
when I was a beginner I took my first pipe back to the shop and showed
the guy my problem.  I expected a repair job, but he smiled at me and
said, "I'll show you this once, after that you're on your own."

For those of you who don't know or don't care about the names of pipe parts,
here is a picture:  (please disregard the lousy Ansii art)

                    _________    /   _________/
                   (         )  /   /     ^------------Stem
                   (         ) /\  /         _____          _______
    Bowl --------> (         )/  \/         {     |        |       }
                    (        /   /          { -----      ---       }
                     (__________/ ^         { ----- <    ---       }
                                  |         {_____| |   ^  |_______}  
                                  |                 |   |
                      Shank ------+      Mortise ---+   +--- Tenon

He took my pipe and removed the stem.  He grabbed the thickest pipe cleaner
he had and inserted it into the mouth end of the pipe until it just appeared
at the other end.  Then he lit a match and held it under the stem for a few
seconds (maybe five or so).  The flame never touched the tenon on the stem,
but it did melt the rubber.  After this he quickly pushed the stem against the
counter being careful to hold the stem so that the tenon was as perpendicular
to the counter as possible.  This caused the tenon to bulge a little.

After waiting a few minutes to allow the stem to cool, he grabbed a piece of
sandpaper and started to bring the tenon back down to a size that would fit
the mortise.  When he got close he kept testing the tenon by inserting it
into the mortise.  He cautioned "Never try to force the tenon in,  let it
fit snug, but easy to insert.  Otherwise you'll only end up with a cracked
shank."  (I didn't listen very well because after a year I did crack the
shank on one of my favorite pipes,  but it was repairable with a metel band.)

Once he got the tenon to fit snug, he removed it from the shank and rubbed 
the entire tenon surface with a pencil.  This provided a lubricant (graphite)
and allowed the snug tenon/mortise to fit together nicely.  His last comment
was,  "This 'quick fix' is good for about three times,  after that you are
going to need a new stem."

I would'nt try this method for the first time on your most favorite pipe, but
it does beat sending them in to get repaired.  

[ Thanks for the words from "This Old Pipe", Norm! -S. ]

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From: Steve Masticola (???????????????????????)
Re: Article reprint from Utne Reader

For those who don't know of it, "The Utne Reader" is sort of a liberal
(or progressive, if you're afraid to use The L Word) version of
"Reader's Digest". I'll post the following short article, which
appeared under the "Civil Liberties" section of the May issue, without
further comment.

		Is The Anti-Smoking Movement Elitist?

In the last few years, as the evidence has mounted on the dangers of
smoking and passive smoke, it has begun to seem that even smokers
themselves were against the nasty habit. (For a particularly agonized
smoker's apologia, see "The Sun" [Feb. 1991].)

But now a new smokers' champion has appeared in (where else?) the
libertarian journal "Reason" (Feb. 1991). While not denying the health
dangers of smoking, author Jacob Sullum suggests that the anti-smoking
movement is "profoundly paternalistic. It does not trust people to
make their own choices about smoking - neither whether to do it nor
whether to tolerate it."

By banning cigarette advertising under the guise of calling it
commercial speech, we are compromising all freedom of speech, he
argues, since with enough effort we could classify almost anything as
commercial speech. Also, Sullum points out, it smacks of elitism for
certain groups (i.e., smug, educated, white upper-middle-class types)
to object to the cigarette niche marketing aimed at other, supposedly
more vulnerable groups such as young working-class women and blacks.
By doing so, Sullum argues, one group is essentially proclaiming
itself as superior to other groups that it has deemed incapable -
unlike itself - of standing up to advertising pitches.

Finally, and perhaps most controversially, he questions the supposed
irrefutable dangers of passive smoking, pointing out that most studies
on secondary smoke (and there have been relatively few) relate to
long-term exposure in the home, yet these studies are used to justify
jaws banning smoking in public places and businesses.

					- Lynette Lamb

Don't know about you, but it kind of makes me want to vote Libertarian
next time :-) Perhaps, unlike the Republicrats, they have some
interest in letting us,

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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