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Sky Campbell
03-04-2014, 11:45 PM
Ok I have been using this swivel for the last year and I don't think you will ever find a better quality swivel then these. Both legs swivel so no more unwinding your blowhose. He also sells neon electrode boots. The 15-16 mm boot will fit nicely over the standard blowpipe. Snug fit easy on,off and super light weight. I noticed he is selling direct thru etsy so I thought I would post it here for easy shopping. I have nothing to gain if you buy one just feel it is a superior product that is worth owning. If you use a blowhose you will thank me. I use the 1/4" swivel.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/180192838/blowhose-swivel-stainless-steel-90?ref=listing-shop-header-2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/180227321/silicone-adapter-boots-for-14-or-38-inch?ref=listing-shop-header-1

If there is an option to say you will be using these for off hand work or where you heard about them please do. I would like to encourage him to explore our market. I'm going to guess there are as many off hand glass workers as scientific workers these days.

Pete VanderLaan
03-05-2014, 08:22 AM
Thanks Sky. I made that thread sticky.

Andrew Boatman
03-06-2014, 09:58 AM
With both ends swiveling it makes a huge difference.
A little graphite on the swivel helps to keep it moving well too.
Everyone I have seen wears their blow hose differently.
I have a name badge holder with the pull out string. I clip it on the right side of my shirt with the blow end about six inches out. I run the hose behind my neck and use a black binder clip on my left shoulder to hold the hose in place. The left side is free and pretty easy to control. I keep it in my back pocket when it is not plugged into the pipe.
What do you do?

Dave Hilty
03-19-2014, 08:06 PM
Sky,

I have been using this rig which I ordered after your post the other day. It is really very nice and way less leakage from the get-go than the brass fittings that I have ordered in the past. The brass single swivel fittings have typically leaked a bit even when new. This stainless one has almost no leakage, ie. you get what you blow.

Thanks for the tip and I gave Seth a heads up on your referral to furnace workers on Craftweb.

Dave Hilty
03-19-2014, 08:07 PM
And the neoprene fitting over the Delrin mouthpiece is snug and very efficient.

Lawrence Duckworth
03-20-2014, 11:07 AM
Same here Sky…Thanks.

he gave me an extra boot free for Mentioning your name :)

Sky Campbell
03-20-2014, 04:04 PM
I never thought much about the quality of the swivel till I experienced the diference. I'm still back and forth on the neon boots. They always go on easy but sometimes I find myself wrestling them off. That's ok now and then but in production it can get tiring. I found 1" heater hose goes on the blowpipe easy on and off. Maybe a little sanding first to scuff up the rubber and a wrap of electrical tape outside to tighten it up as it wears. I have the swivel in a rubber stopper in the end of the 3" piece of heater hose.

I will try to describe what works for me. I have a braided necklace the hose attaches to. The necklace has a piece of stiff wire a few inches long running along the bottom of the loop. My blowhole attaches to the wire with a few wraps of tape. This keeps the hose from folding over and makes the mouthpiece easy acses always landing in the same spot on my chest. I do not wrap the hose around my neck or through my shirt it just hangs. When I'm not connected the swivel end goes in my front left pocket for easy reach. I know that may be hard to imagine and I'm sure it won't work for everyone but it works well for me.

Lawrence Duckworth
03-20-2014, 05:08 PM
I'm not so sure those boots he's selling aren't high performance spark plug boot :)

Sky Campbell
03-20-2014, 05:44 PM
I'm not so sure those boots he's selling aren't high performance spark plug boot :)

Those are produced by tecnolux for neon electrode covers. Not that uncommon to see in the scientific shops used the same way we use them.

You can buy them direct but they only sell them in quantity. Seth doesn't make much on the boots more of just a one stop service.