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Old 06-01-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
Steve Bliven
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Default Leaky bellows valve

Hello alló


I'm care-taking an Uilleann practice set for a friend. The intake valve on the bellows is leaking a bit. It's swinging into position properly but for some reason doesn't seal tightly. Would appreciate tips on getting it to seal better.


Thanks in advance and best wishes.


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Old 06-01-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Leaky bellows valve

I put mine on with the smooth side down. The back side of a spoon can aed getting a good fit by rubbing it over the surface. A little Vaseline applied to the edge surface may help it seal better. You may need to make a new flapper.
I'm still using leather. Old bagpipe bags work fine. For thicker leather, wet the valve for about 30 seconds and dry between two flat surfaces.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:15 PM   #3
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A little oil, Vaseline, etc, should work wonders. Sometimes a drop of water to soften it up a wee bit.
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:04 PM   #4
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I steam the leather valve and a spoon at the same time then use the hot spoon to press down on the valve into position.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:30 PM   #5
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Default Re: Leaky bellows valve

Thanks to all for the input. It seems the leather is rather dry so I'm working some oil and will try the steaming/spoon to improve the shape to better fit.


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Old 06-03-2018, 08:06 PM   #6
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Please let us know how you get on.
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