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Leaking water butt

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:17 am

Do any of you practical people know an easy way to make a strong seal on a split water butt. I've tried glue and gorilla tape but they don't last long if at all.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby peter » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:00 am

Assuming you're talking plastic, i wouldn't bother, I'd get a rlacement.
The pressure of the water will push the split apart, so unless you resort to a patch rivited and glued onto both sides it will come apart as the butt flexes.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:05 pm

But isn't it funny, if you don't want something to block, it magically does.... :)
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Pa Snip » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:34 pm

Empty butt to below the split.
Allow to dry thoroughly inside and outside of the butt.
Roughen surface around split with either medium ( M2) sandpaper or wet and dry paper.
Repair inside and out with Davids P38 or Isopon available from Halfords & other similar motoring shops.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby tigerburnie » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:24 pm

http://www.wilko.com/water-butts+access ... vt/0313387
Out of stock at the moment, but I have 2 and can recommend them.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:56 pm

Thanks all for your suggestions. My son said throw them away and get new ones as I've had them ages and already tried to mend them. I'll give them one last chance and try the P38 or Isopon. It might prove challenging getting to do the inside though. I'll have a look at the Wilco ones too just in case.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Colin2016 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:10 pm

Check out Gumtree or preloved for used ones hopefully without splits.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby sally wright » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:30 pm

Dear Plum,
if it is an easy split ie flat surface, no awkward corners etc. Then polytunnel repair tape may hold it for a few seasons. This stuff is sellotape on steroids and is waterproof and UV stable which gaffer tape is not. Most garden centres have it but if yours doesn't then it can be mail ordered from all sorts of places. Use the tape over the split in one piece to make it waterproof and then add cross pieces for strength. Do both sides if you can reach. You will need scissors or a sharp knife to cut it with.
I use it on plastic pots, watering cans, gutters and it is good for taping together compost sacks for emergency glass or roof repairs. The truth is I wouldn't be without a reel or two in the toolbox.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Westi » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:58 pm

Thanks for the link Tiger.

I have a very old butt that never fills, can't find any crack & never have a flood around it so a bit of a mystery. It is not connected to guttering just lid off to catch the rain as half way down the plot. I suspect it is something at the bottom where it sits on the stand. Whatever it has to go as it is a useful spot being 1/2 way down so not lugging cans all the way down from the shed gutter fed one at the back. I've had it years & pretty sure it cost more than that Wilko one!

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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby lez » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:46 am

Hi Ya, If you do decide to replace your water butt go to your local council web site as they may have some offers on good quality ones. I have looked on our local site and they have good ones buy one get one half price.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby sally wright » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:44 pm

Dear Westi,
don't throw out that leaky water butt I have thought of a use for it. Put it in the middle of a circle of courgette plants next year and it will make an excellent slow release watering system.
Further to my earlier post; buckets can also be repaired with p/t tape and make sure that all surfaces to be taped are as clean and dry as possible.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby peter » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:30 pm

Upside down it becomes a rhubarb forcer. :D
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Pa Snip » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:46 pm

or, just to add yet another expert use

if the split does not seal cut the barrel in half around its middle circumference. Drill drain holes in bottom. Fill with MP Compost
You then have two leek tubs.


Oh hang on ....................... it was a leak that kicked the whole thing off.
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby robo » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:58 pm

I was going to ask if there was rust anywhere
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Re: Leaking water butt

Postby Westi » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:24 pm

Sally not going to bin it but use it for something else, just replace it for it's original purpose. Thinking sawing it in half and containing those pesky courgettes.
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