Leaking water butt

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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby JohnN » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:53 pm

Have you tried an electric soldering iron on the crack? I've repaired several plastic items - pots, watering cans etc - by melting the edges of the crack until they seal up.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:27 pm

The weight in a water butt when full is close to half a ton, I'm not sure there's way to patch that, if it's cracked there's a chance there's another weak point in it somewhere. If it's on a seam, that could unzip and if it's failed because the plastic has gone brittle, it could go elsewhere.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:46 am

I've noted all your suggestions and will test them out when the weather picks up then I'll probably end up getting a new one.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby rowbow » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:00 am

Have you tried plumbers plastic solder, the solvent for joining pipes, put it on the inside and outside :D
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Tony Hague » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:43 pm

I would not hold out much hope. It is probably polythene, HDPE. For our purposes, effectively not soluble in anything. The solvent weld cements used for plumbing rely on at least softening the surface of the parts to be bonded. I think you'll need to replace it.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby robo » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:15 pm

I don't think I would bother trying you spend money on all types of repair gadgets none work then you have to replace it might as well just replace it in the first instance
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby jeff64 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:27 pm

sound advice robo!
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:54 am

My son told me to throw it away too but it seems a waste of all that plastic so I'll have a go after Christmas and let you know if anything works. I might have to wait until my partner is at home in case I get stuck trying to seal it on the inside. It might make an amusing video!!!
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:24 pm

I can imagine it now, Plumpudding....a pair of legs running around, with a water butt on top..... :)
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Pa Snip » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:48 pm

I can hear it now, as we look at the video, PP's dulcet voice asking her viewers









"Does my butt look big in this"
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby robo » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:33 pm

2 butts together
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