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Old 05-08-2010, 10:49 AM   #1
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I have a tub with whirlpool jets which we seldom use. The house/tub is 17 y/o and I'm not the original owner and don't have any idea who the manufacturer is -

I discovered the leak by discoloration on a ceiling tile in the (finished) basement. Upon investigating, it appears to be coming from around the intake pipe going to the pump. The intake is actually a 90 degree with a nipple sticking off of the side of it. This nipple houses a clear plastic vertical tube which I assume may be to prevent water hammers?? In any case, the leak specifically seems to be coming from around the area where the nipple intersects the tubing. The nipple also swivels in the joint - whether it's supposed to or not - I'm not sure. I also can't see any way to get it detached to try and repair or replace it.

I've hopefully included a pic - maybe you can see what I'm talking about.

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Old 05-10-2010, 04:23 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:22 AM   #3
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I've made a little progress and am now searching for a different type of help. I've found the leak - it is a hairline crack in the small ell coming off of the big ell (the water intake for the pump). I found it by shining a light through the back side and looking through the intake on the tub side.

Now, since the tub is 17 y/o and replacement of this exact piece is questionable - is there an epoxy, or such, that I can use as a fix from the outside? Kinda the way the primer and glue work when installing/joining two plastic pipes?

Any ideas?

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Have you tried looking online for the part? Even though the tub is 17 years old many manufacturers use the same parts for years. If you can't find it you may get lucky if you pay tribute to Billy Mays....... Magic Putty
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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I haven't been able to look on line because I haven't been able to find out who made the tub. I have a model number (Comfort 53) and a serial number (104626) but no manufacturers information at all. I did search comfort 53 and had 46 million hits - a little more than I want to search through.

I'll take any suggestions as to how I might try to track down the manufacturer.
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