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Old 11-10-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Anyway to patch a leak while it's leaking?


I have a plastic hose barb thats drilled into a plastic bucket and sealed with silicone calking. The silicone failed and there is now a very slow leak (5 or so drops a minute). Problem is, anything I try to patch it (RTV silicone, plumbers putty, electric tape) just gets pushed out by the water, or doesn't bold because it's wet.

Is there anything I can stick on it that will either set instantly or be so thick it will plug the leak? Like maybe roofing tar? Or some kind of super-silicone?

Thought about using hot-glue -- problem is there aren't maybe things that bond to smooth plastic and silicone. TBH, I only know of one thing that does - silicone, and apparently not very well.

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Have you seen that rubber spray stuff seen on tv? Supposively works on wet stuff? Also found at big box stores.

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Old 11-10-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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What is this bucket for?
You need what's called a bulk head fitting, just threading into thin plactic as you found out is never going to work.
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What is this bucket for?
You need what's called a bulk head fitting, just threading into thin plactic as you found out is never going to work.
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It works with silicone, it's just finicky - if you drill a bad hole or get a bad silicone ring you basically need to start over with a new bucket and hose, because you can't pull the hose off the barb without cutting it.

BH valves are going to be better of course, but there way more expensive. 2 hose barbs, a bucket, and 8in of vinyl tubing is like 6 bucks if you buy the tubing in 50 foot sections.
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It's a fitting not a valve.
My mistake I thought you wanted to no how to fix it right and not have to ever mess with it again.
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It's a fitting not a valve.
My mistake I thought you wanted to no how to fix it right and not have to ever mess with it again.
Nope, just want to make my floor less wet until I can take it apart and actually fix it. Hoped they'd be some old redneck trick, maybe there isn't :/
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Nope, just want to make my floor less wet until I can take it apart and actually fix it. Hoped they'd be some old redneck trick, maybe there isn't :/
Nope, there ain't....

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Nope, just want to make my floor less wet until I can take it apart and actually fix it. Hoped they'd be some old redneck trick, maybe there isn't :/
The old red neck trick is to quit ruining a good bucket and siphon the water out the top. It's worked ever since gravity was invented . To stop or regulate the flow put a stopper in the discharge end of the siphon hose. In my desert region I often water plants using the drip irrigation siphon method .

You can still use that bucket with the hole by removing all that stuff and put a piece of duct tape over the hole on the inside after cleaning that area .

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