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Old 08-10-2017, 07:05 PM   #5
piper Q
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Join Date: Feb 2014
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Default Re: Improvised wax for hemp on practice chanter

I've found that there are a few substitutes for Bees Wax. Some may work better than others and of course with various results.

Shoe polish, choose the color wisely.
Sex Wax, this is a real item used on surf boards.
Toilet Wax Ring, used for setting toilets to outlet plumbing, use new not used.
Paraffin Wax, as found in Craft stores for making candles and canning.

Though I haven't tried it yet, I suppose ear wax might be used as well.

But the concept is to help the hemp make a secure seal without permanently binding the joints. I do not use pipe thread tape as I have seen other pipers do. But the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union does have that in the supply boxes....
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