Patching plastic tube


Old 12-25-13, 12:59 PM
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Patching plastic tube

Merry Christmas ! We purchased our house about three weeks ago. The pool's water level has been dropping quit a bit. Today I found that one of the solar water heating pads on the roof is leaking. The pad is about 3 X 5 perhaps 3/4" thick. It is a single form poured piece of plastic, the four borders are perhaps 1 1/2" in diameter and that is where my problem is. There is an 1/8" hole in the tube where the pipe was rubbing against a brick.

I can't wrap anything AROUND the hole. I think my only cheap solution is to patch it like a pool float or a bicycle tire.

What do you guys think ? Maybe I could insert something into the whole which would open like an umbrella and seal the hole from the inside ?
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Old 12-25-13, 03:20 PM
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A two part epoxy would probably do the job but you'd have to temporarily drain the water out of the tube.
Old 12-26-13, 06:16 AM
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I've used two part epoxy on pool equipment before but then it was on the inside of a seam. I was worried that the pressure would just blow the epoxy away if applied on the outside of the plastic tube - but I guess it is worth a shot.
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Posting a picture so we can see what you can see would be a big help.
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