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Discussion in 'Cartridge Mods' started by KrisBKream, Oct 2, 2011.

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  1. k3vin

    k3vin Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    OK USA
    Yes I have been reading that saddle valves don't last long. Go with the deck screw. :)
     
  2. chadster214

    chadster214 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 9, 2011
    Left Coast!
    Take the tip out of the saddle valve and sharpen it. I use my rotary tool to sharpen it back. Then on with the punching.
     
  3. Scottinboca

    Scottinboca Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 14, 2011
    Planet Vapton
    Another saddle valve user here. I don't know what type of peoples saddle valves are dulling easily. I got mine at Lowes in the plumbing section for $7 I think. It has punch at least 30 cartos and still going strong. I don't have a fancy dremel tool or have money to buy a descent one. It doesn't even matter though, the saddle valve takes 2 seconds and works perfect.
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 18, 2011
    Texas
    I like the saddle valve idea. From other threads I read about concerns about filings as well as snagging some of the filler material which will impact wicking of juice.
     
  5. Maxedout

    Maxedout ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 8, 2012
    Arizona
    After reading this thread I'll be buying a saddle valve I've been using drywall screws but it's not that easy (didn't think of the tape either)
    I watched a video on YouTube using a hack saw, not a good idea it'll leak bad.
     
  6. \/aporAddikt

    \/aporAddikt Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 22, 2012
    Oklahoma
    Cloud of Vapor sells a carto punch. Should last longer than a saddle valve since it's made for punching metal.
     
  7. kickitback

    kickitback Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Nov 28, 2009
    NC
    Only problem with the saddle valve is that its only good for about 40 punches, it will lose its edge after that.
     
  8. Provangelist

    Provangelist Full Member

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    I've punched up to 3 holes in cartos before, and had them work beautifully. It just depends on the VG content, really.

    As for methods, I have a saddle valve that I've been using, but it likes to slide down the side of the carto a lot of the time. It worked great like the first three or four times, but now it's just a hassle to use. Last night, I slotted one with my Dremel. It worked quite well, but now I have a metallic taste to my vape, which is not so good. It could just bee the carto though, I've had that before. Phiniac sells a sweet punch on their site. I think I'm about to order one myself.
     
  9. salemgold

    salemgold ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 5, 2010
    South Carolina
    Carolina Vapes has one that works well and has a 15% off code for Fathers Day. Should be right at $30 shipped. DAD2012 is the code http://www.carolinavapes.com/Tiny-Mite-Carto-Punch-V-2_p_158.html

    I have used an Awl and hammer for a very long time. It never gets dull and the carto will not dent like it will with a nail or softer metal.
     
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