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Old 11-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #15
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Wow- 1st coat dried semi-gloss smooth completely covering and hiding the plastic screening. The patch looks like someone 'molded' it onto my tank. Brushed it again - cleaned it with more solvent- put on another coat....

Just might work
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #16
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Put a third coat on last night- crawled under there this morning to take your basic crummy cell phone pic: But (Duh....) can't seem to somehow past-in or insert a marked-up PDF photo ....

Anyway, the repair is smooth, molded to the tank, and looks like a pro did it... (not because anything I really did... )
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:56 PM   #17
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I am glad it worked out for you. I Had used some epoxy on a drain ant is seems to be good - I will try this next time.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:19 PM   #18
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Thanks- the proof in the 'pudding' will be when my better half comes down early next week and takes a shower while I watch (the tank) from below...
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:58 PM   #19
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Thanks- the proof in the 'pudding' will be when my better half comes down early next week and takes a shower while I watch (the tank) from below...
Sounds kinky. I think the real test will be driving a bumpy road with a tankful of liquid.

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BFlinn181- Yeah that's what happens when living away- alone... But seriously, you are correct. The tank is mounted somehow not 'strapped-in' (tank suppliers have noted to me that it SHOULD be - but not req'd- and most manufacturers do not). So if successful with the leak repair, I believe I need to look at some kinda strapping or support. I still believe this was a 'fatigue' type crack due to flexing over the years.
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Seriously, I'd suggest not moving it loaded with much weight. Putting strapping or supports under it now might put new stress on it and crack your repair or create a new leak.

One idea might be to carry an inexpensive pump (like a $4 electric drill pump that hooks to garden hose.) to transfer gray water into black tank for transit if you can't empty it. Problem with that is, unless you've got separate drains for each tank, it would be a plumbing challenge to hook it up that way. The tanks are designed for draining, not transfer.
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BFlinn- Good Advice. I will have to 'feel' this one out- after the shower test of course.

Have a good feeling already about the repair. The Plasti-mend seems to be of very similar material to the original ABS plastic of the tank. I built-up at least two layers of reinforced gooey stuff- and then a final layer- all integral and apparently seemless. The saga will continue next week.
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Tank passed the 'Shower Test' - filled it and let it sat with no leaks. Hmmm... The view from below was good... the full tank had a normal looking 'sag' to it which seems to indicate it needs better support.
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Great. There is always satisfacation is getting something done. Good Job.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:47 PM   #25
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THANKS mwells;


The biggest challenge was just trying to figure out where to start. This forum was DEFINITELY of help and many thanks to all the contributors.


Now I'm looking at the gas portion hot water heating situation- The gas burner DID work prior to this issue (over 2 months ago?). I took my first shower in 2 months on only electric this morning (and the hot ran out fast).

Isn't always something?
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I have been working on my hot water heater. The PO let it freeze and burst. Had the tank repaired then the thermocouple/pilot (safety shutoff) quit. Ordered new one and it worked great for a little while. Then the thernostat went out. I will order that and everything should be good - I hope
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