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Old 05-08-2017, 09:04 AM   #1
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Quick fix for leaking PVC.....??


My one inch PVC glued fitting has a pin hole leak. Maybe i cup/day.

I read somewhere that if I shut off the water and drain the line.....and have some glue (or primer) handy.....at some point I can apply some glue or primer.... and it will be sucked down into the leak and possibly be fixed.

Is this possible ? This would be an easy fix as there are a variety of glued, threaded fittings, clamps on flex line, etc.

Thanks...and what exactly is the proper procedure to do this ?
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The proper way to fix the leak is to cut out the fitting and reinstall a new fitting.
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As Joey said, the proper way is replace the fitting.

Now for an easier way.

Get a can of FLEX SEAL spray, shut off the water, spray the entire fitting, wait an hour ( not necessary), and turn on the water.

It'll be stopped.

I used to think that this stuff was just a TV gimmick, until I tried it.

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As Joey said, the proper way is replace the fitting.

Now for an easier way.

Get a can of FLEX SEAL spray, shut off the water, spray the entire fitting, wait an hour ( not necessary), and turn on the water.

It'll be stopped.

I used to think that this stuff was just a TV gimmick, until I tried it.

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Ed.... REALLY.... On a supply line.....what kind of pressure in your line...???
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I agree. Maybe patch a drain line, but not a supply line. Not worth the potential consequences
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OP did say that maybe a cupful is al it leaks per day.

Therefore the pressure is greatly reduced or not much, so that stuff should seal it, Did you both overlook the fact that I did say first that the way was to replace the fitting?

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I did not over look your initial advice. I think you agree the proper way to fix it is to replace the fitting.
In an emergency I would use the flex seal as a temp repair
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There is only one way the right way....replace the fitting...end of story....
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Thanks for the replies.....I found a blurb where someone shut off the water and used a shop vac to create suction and applied primer and then glue. Think I will try that first.

Secondly, if that no workee....I'll try either A&B epoxy or Pool Patch.
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Thanks for the replies.....I found a blurb where someone shut off the water and used a shop vac to create suction and applied primer and then glue. Think I will try that first.

Secondly, if that no workee....I'll try either A&B epoxy or Pool Patch.

Anything to avoid a real plumbing repair. How about a shark bite, no glue required.

I did see a FlexSeal commercial last night where they introduced a new tape patch. They repeatedly patched gushing leaks in pools, tanks, and pipes. It worked on TV, but I would still be hesitant to try it on a pressurized line.

I am not endorsing this product for this application

https://www.flextapeoffer.com/FLXTP/...169&otsid=3758

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Well.....this is the DO IT YOURSELF forum. You might remember that old TV ad about Asprin or Advil or something: "Mother...PLEASE !....I'd rather do it MYSELF"
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You do understand do it yourself doesn't mean do it wrong don't you? You ask for advice how to fix it. The way to fix it is to cut it apart and redo the piping properly (which obviously wasn't done the first time).

You will spend more time and effort trying to fix it incorrectly than it will take to fix it properly. If you are one that enjoys turning a simple repair into a life long conquest by all means keep doing what you are doing.
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Hi KC and others...a closer look revealed I could not remove the bibb via threaded riser; I had to cut it out. I see two tiny cracks in the riser and in the elbow. So...everyone is correct: I won't try and use the shop vac and primer/glue fix.

I'll buy needed fittings and try and use more threaded fittings...less glued parts.

I am retired and do enjoy trying new/interesting/stupid things...cuz I have lots of time on my hands.
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Quoted I am retired and do enjoy trying new/interesting/stupid things...cuz I have lots of time on my hands.


Yeah same here, but that don't mean I'm going to try Bungee Jumping, or Zip line.

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