How to replace an atomizer ball & hose

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How to replace an atomizer ball & hose
Two examples of ball-and-hose atomiser perfume bottles. (perfume bottles image by L. Shat from

Part of the charm of antique perfume bottles lies in their extreme age, a factor which also directly contributes to their malfunction. Many antique perfume bottles have atomiser nozzles with a ball and hose, and you can't use an antique atomiser perfume bottle if either part has failed. If you find yourself with a beautiful but completely useless atomiser perfume bottle, you can easily replace the ball and hose and bring it back to working order.

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Things you need

  • Atomiser perfume bottle
  • Micrometer
  • Replacement ball and hose

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  1. 1

    Remove the broken ball and hose by unscrewing the hose where it attaches to the atomiser nozzle.

  2. 2

    Measure the diameter of the threaded hose attachment nozzle with a micrometer. This is a device that uses a calibrated screw that is used to make precise measurements of small objects.

  3. 3

    Purchase a replacement ball and hose with screw-on end that is the same diameter as the bottle's threaded hose attachment nozzle. If possible, purchase a ball and hose from the same manufacturer to maintain the integrity of the antique.

  4. 4

    Attach the replacement ball and hose by screwing the threaded end of the hose onto the bottle's threaded hose attachment nozzle.

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