Help! Need help with a bad leak.

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  1. ZaxXx

    ZaxXx

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    Hi
    I've got a really stubborn leak from my over flow outlet... Tried silicone enough times but it hasn't helped (dried the area before applying).
    What can I use to stop the leak from the bottom of the tank fitting? Something that can work even if the area is wet , won't harm the water and will be strong enough to take the pressure??

    PLEASE help!
     
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  3. rakabos

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    Its probably a better idea to drain it and fix it properly, but maybe try pratleys putty quickset
     
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    Mo_G MASA Contributor

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    the only underwater silicone in S.A. that I know of is ORCA available at Exotic Aqua a sponsor. they supply a few store, give them a call 011 892 4785
     
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    ZaxXx Thread Starter

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    I would have but I can't get to the inside of the overflow at all now... The reason it keeps leaking is because the genius that drilled that hole made it the wrong size so I had some play around it.
     
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    i have used a product called aquamend i even use it to secure my corals
    it feels like prestick push it over th leak and it hardens in 10 mins

    you can pick it up in builders wharehouse or a hyper market
     
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    I agree. Try pratley or the underwater silicone. if that doesn't help. stop, drain fix and start.

    Its a shlep, but at least you know that its fixed and you wont have any problems in the future
     
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    ZaxXx Thread Starter

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    Thanks!:thumbup:
    Who makes aquamend??
     
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    Its an Alcohlin product - You can use the Prately Putty Standard Setting - The Standard putty smooths better with water and you can use a bit of water to smooth it over the fitting to seal the gap. You might have to do it twice depending on how bad the leak is.
     
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    ZaxXx Thread Starter

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    And will both products seal 100% against the glass also?
     
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    Mo_G MASA Contributor

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    Is there no way of getting another piece of glass +- 10cm bigger the hole size and have the correct size hole drilled.
     
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    Butyl (not sure abbout spelling) tape
     
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    Mo_G MASA Contributor

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    some info

    "AQUAMEND® Epoxy Putty Stick is a fast-setting, fibreglass reinforced polymer compound that mixes in just one minute to enable fast permanent repairs to many surfaces including fibreglass, concrete, glass, metals, wood, and many plastics"

    Aquamend | Epoxy Adhesives | DIY Products | Alcolin

    not sure if this will work on pressure
     
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    ZaxXx Thread Starter

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    Awesome info there mo! Thanks man...
    Its actually not a lot of pressure, just some dropping force and about 20cm water pressure.
     
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    Okay wait let me explain exactly what's going on here... I wanted a 50mm outlet hole but the guy at AGI made it about 5mm small so I had to go for the 40mm... That's where the problem is. If it was possible to bore that hole to a 50mm I'd be over joyed!

    Is that possible?? Also take in to consideration that this on the base piece of the tank.
     
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    Mo_G MASA Contributor

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    It will be possible to drill the hole to 50mm but not without the risks.
    I have done this before but not without the extra heart beat.
    I hope I can explain it so that you can understand.

    You have to 1st drill a 50mm on another piece of glass. (Will help keep the blade stable)
    2nd clamp the glass (50mm glass) onto the incorrect size. This is because it is very difficult to drill a 5mm difference and cause more damage.
    3rd drill very slow and don’t forget to use water while drilling.
     
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    Sheeeeeoooww!!!thats gonna be hectic

    Where can i get aquamend from??
     
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    Good idea but you can also just drill a 50mm piece of wood to put over the 40mm hole. This will guide the 50mm drill bit and should work
     
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    If its leaking cause the hole is too big....cant you just drill the correct size hole in another piece of glass and stick that over the exsisting hole thus making the hole the right size for your current plumbing?
     
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    ZaxXx Thread Starter

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    I dont have much space under the tank because my base board in the way. . .
    But i could cut away at that board tho but my issue is still that i cant get to the inside of that over flow to put in the tank fitting.
    isnt? Hmmm
     
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