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jks1

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I recently plumbed a closed loop in my new 210g tank. After everything set and I fired it up I had a pin-hole leak in one of the juctions between a bulkhead and its corresponding pipe. Its one drip every 4-5 seconds. I havent put salt in the water yet so that might help it. Is there another way to fix it? I tried adding more PVC glue but the water drips and pushes the glue away before it can set. Any suggestions?
 

NaH2O

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jks1 - Gaaaa! I can't believe it! I don't have any suggestions for you, as you already know...I'm not very gifted in the art of plumbing. I just wanted to give you my support...
 

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They do make an epoyx that will cure wet but probably better if you can lower the water level enough to dry it off, they mix up a two parter & coat the entire surface area. Otherwise replace the BH and reglue using a coupling.
 

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HAHA ...its God telling you to drill that forth hole for the inputs, hehehelol

Go by a threaded plug to screw into the inside section of the BH, that will stop the water from going through the BH, from thier you can try to get lucky with pvc glue or maybe Scotts plan.

good luck


Mike
 

plumber_bob

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If you go to lowes in the plumbing section there is a product that is liquid, but it cures hard like pvc.

It is usually hanging on one of the end caps and it is like 5.99 for a little vile of it. It is all white and it comes in a suringe type container. I forget the name of it... Next time I'm at lowes I will get the name. This works way better then Rain-or-Shine, which most people use on pvc joints.
 

jks1

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hey guys- thanks for the great advice, looks like another trip to
Lowes in my future. I should have stock in that place..
 

Gordo

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Home Depot sells an epoxy that's made to repair hot tubs. It comes in a stick and has a putty consistency. It's made to be used under water. If I recall the tube is red.
 

DonW

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If you warm the pipe up with a heat gun or hair dryer. Then use pvc glue in a syringe, you can get some capilary suction to help it in. You have to have a dry pipe.

Don
 

acropora

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When you add salt to your water,the eventual salt creep might solve the problem.However,considering that there is no live stock in the tank;I woould cut out and re-do the connection. Always use PVC primer and plenty of PVC glue,and remember to turn the pipe to spread the glue evenly. It would be a real pain to deal with this when the tank is stocked.
 

jks1

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yeah, I drained it down, dried the pipe and re-glued. It is good to go now, much better to do it now. Thanks again
 
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