Cracked Sump Help

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  1. CJT

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    Hi Guys

    I cracked the side panel of my sump.
    Anyone know who can help me as I can not get the whole sump out anyone do repairs on this.
    I just need the side pain replaced and a hole drilled in the glass for the skimmer pipe.
     
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    Sorry to hear.

    not sure on the design of your sump and where it has exactly cracked, but if its one off the end chambers, just move your return pump or redirect the inlet flow from your overflow to the next one chamber, allowing the cracked chamber to be bypassed. this may help to enable you to do a patch job.
     
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    My return pump sits outside the tank and so does the skimmer its the outside pane where there is a hole drilled in it for the skimmer inlet pipe, and the pane next to that does not go all the way down as the water flows in then under the second pane so I can not bypass it.
     
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    Replacing the pane isn't too hard to do DIY, drilling it is a tad more difficult and requires a special drill bit and a very steady hand.

    I see you are in the south of JHB, there is a shop on Rifle Range Rd. that builds their own tanks, they only do freshwater/cichlids if memory serves me right but they may be able to assist with replacing the pane and drilling.

    Otherwise one of the MASA sponsors may be able to assist.
     
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    do you know if they come out as I can not get the sump out as I need to turn thr=e stand to get it out and is a bit heavy with the full tank ontop
     
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    Not sure, best would be to give them a call.

    Doing it yourself isn't that hard you would just need to buy the glass, silicon and the bit. You can get everything at builders, they will cut the glass to your exact size just make sure the bit is a diamond glass bit and is the right dimension.

    Drilling the glass isn't that hard as long as you have a drill that has a very low speed (most 12/18v cordless drills have a really slow setting) , don't put to much pressure and keep the bit/glass wet to ensure everything is cool.
     
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    I will try builders
     
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    it can be fixed. preferrably replaced please post a pic and we will better be able to advise...
     
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    I am at work now so do not have a pic but its very badly cracked so that panel would need to be replaced its not a big panel probably about 50 wide and 45 high.
     
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