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Xorplex Mini Beakers AKA Racing Slugs
       
     
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Removable Downstem Instructions
       
     
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Xorplex Mini Beakers AKA Racing Slugs
       
     
Xorplex Mini Beakers AKA Racing Slugs

Versatile, compact, durable and easy to clean. These podlings have a removable downstem with a polished 10 mm female joint.  About 3.75" tall. No two exactly alike. Assorted colors.

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Removable Downstem Instructions

Your Xorplex Mini Beaker has a removable downstem for easy cleaning. Wiggle and pull the downstem forward to remove; push back in to re-seal. The sealing grommet is self-fusing silicone, which should last through many cleanings if you are a little careful when you reinsert. Eventually you will need to replace the grommet; a spare piece of silicone is included, and later you can buy more.

 

The grommet material is clear, self-fusing silicone tape, 1/2” wide. It is available at most hardware stores and even Wal-mart, or you can find it online. Common brand names include Rescue Tape, and Loctite Go-2 wrap. If you can’t find 1/2” wide tape, you can cut  the 1” wide version. The tape has no adhesive but sticks to itself, so handle carefully to avoid folding or twisting it.

To create a new grommet, use a section of tape about 3-1/4” long, removed from the plastic backing. Wrap the tape around the the upper joint section of the downstem, starting at the point that will face downward when the downstem is in place. (It doesn’t really matter where you start; the seam just is less visible this way.) Hold the end of the tape in place and stretch slightly as you wrap around, so that the tape is snug and the end of the tape lines up approximately with the edge that was laid down first. The downstem is now ready to use!