Rain barrel repair


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Old 08-28-22, 12:47 PM
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Rain barrel repair

I looked at various forums - sorry if it doesn't belong here. Several years ago my rain barrel cracked to due freezing water inside during an unexpected early freeze. A couple years ago I tried Flex Seal spray on the cracks, still leaked. I wonder if the Flex Seal brush on product may work? Probably not, but thought I'd ask in case anyone has done a similar repair. I should consider buying or making a new one. I could re-use the spigot.
 
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Old 08-28-22, 02:52 PM
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What is the rain barrel construction ?
 
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Old 08-28-22, 02:54 PM
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. I wonder if the Flex Seal brush on product may work? Probably not,
One of the biggest scams on TV.

There is simply no easy/sure way to repair plastics, we have a high tech plastic welder in our shop and it's iffy for any long lasting repair!

Knowing what the material is, is the biggest hurdle to a repair, maybe!
 
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Old 08-28-22, 03:33 PM
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My bad.. knowing the construction would help! It's plastic. The Flex Seal brush on product is about $35. The ratings are overall very good. I don't mind paying a premium for high quality, but I may be expecting too much. For that price I could make one.
 
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One of the biggest scams on TV.
Just saw this after my previous reply. If a plastic welder's results are questionable - then not worth the effort/cost.
 
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Old 08-28-22, 04:03 PM
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You can experiment. Since it's outside it's not critical if it's 100% watertight.
Really any patch from the inside of the barrel should be fairly effective.
Outside patching is a crapshoot.
 
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Old 08-28-22, 05:32 PM
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I should scratch the idea. It's sealed, made to look like a traditional barrel, so can't get to the inside. I'll see if I can retain the screen on top (to block bugs) and the spigot. Thanks for the input.
 
 

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