Difficult one for the DIY pros

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  1. FransSny

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    OK , in my infinite wisdom (and just being stingy), I re used most plumbing parts from previous tanks etc......this has resulted in a small leak at the bulkhead where my water change outlet is.....:banghead:

    Any idea on how to change this bulkhead WITHOUT draining the tank.....
     
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  3. jaquesdp08

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    DO it super quick hehe sorry i dont know
     
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    have u got a pic of the situation, need to see bulkhead etc in question
     
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    Well, if it's low enough you could use water pressure to hold a container of some sort against the glass, whatever water is trapped in the container will drain out, there may be a little bit of seepage coming in from the tank but it might give you enough time to get in there and change it, you'll have to loosen it on the inside first though. Otherwise just do what I do and put a cup under the leak and every day just gooi the water back in the tank.:p

    Got a pic of the location?
     
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    depending on where the leak is -there is a product sold at On-Tap that can seal pipes that are wet and under pressure (uses the water to set the adhesive). This might be an alternative.
     
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    as they say.
    a picture says a thousand words.
     
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    Cant you just stick your hand in the water and block the flow with a cork or something similar? Then change the leaky joint?
     
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    FransSny Thread Starter

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    as they say...in Afrikaans , "vir domgeid is daar nie pille nie", here is what I did.

    Did 50 L WC on shallow tank (was due anyway)
    Got all my containers and filled them to the brim....about 100 L
    Then .....used the mixing & top up tank standing next to the cube EMPTY !!! to drain the rest of the water

    Now I can refit the offending piece without getting my hands wet :p
     
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    ok, false alarm... problem solved... :)
    now you can have a few
    :peroni:
     
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    FransSny Thread Starter

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    LOL , true ...thanx to everyone , I will remember these ideas (touch wood!). To be quite honest......(and I am embarred to say this on a public forum) some "user error was also involved :blush:, the ball valve was way too big thus putting strain on the fittings every time it was opened / closed

    As its only a drain I am now changing it to flexi tube ....

    @RiaanP...yip I think its time for one , stress was killing me , can you imagine the non reefer coming home after a week away to a semi flooded house !
     
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    Thinking along the line of what Viper says.
     
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