Take one upstate NY winter, add a well-intentioned but inadequately insulated water tank fitting, freeze repeatedly, thaw, fill then wait for the fun.
What started as a slow drip turned into a repair that took weeks to get right. The cracked piece was actually part of the molded water tank, a collar of sorts that lived on the outside of the tank, with a small elbow piece in the center to connect to the water line. This orifice is the point of entry to fill the tank from the city water valve and also the exit point to the pump and into the Duck. So yeah, pretty important.
I tried a hose clamp around the collar (lame, I know), some Water Weld, some Water Weld with a hose clamp, and even a plastic weld (where you melt plastic rods with a soldering iron - fun but ineffective). None of it worked and the tank kept on laughing at me. It was at that point I knew I had to drill out that whole piece and start from scratch.
|After drilling out the old, cracked, leaky part|
I used a 1.25" hole saw to drill out the old piece then cleaned up the cut with sandpaper to make a nice smooth surface for the new seal.
|The new rubber seal, called a Slip Seal|
|New tubing and elbow|
|all together now|
At this point, we filled the tank to see if the new seal would hold as-is. Nope! So we waited a few days for the arrival of a tube of food grade silicon adhesive.
|That sealed 'er up tight!|
|Can you believe it? No leaks!|
And now for something completely different
Here's Ellen, our polydactyl kitty.
|How's about them toes?!|
|She's responsible for the Chupacabra footprints found in the sand here|