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Old 08-09-2017, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default Improvised wax for hemp on practice chanter

My practice chanter is in need of rehemping. I had no hemp nor wax to use on it.
In lieu of beeswax I used some of my mustache wax as a substitute to last me until I can get to the terminal (I'm a trucker) to pick up my hemp kit from the mail room here in a couple of days.
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Improvised wax for hemp on practice chanter.

Classy, friend. Nicely done.
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:43 PM   #3
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Better hurry....or you might have to shave the chanter next....
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Improvised wax for hemp on practice chanter.

Dental floss works well for the facial hair challenged.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:05 PM   #5
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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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