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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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PVC temporary fix..hot glue?

I just build my first PVC system, and I guess I didn't seat one of my joints tight enough so it has a small leak. I won't be able to get any more PVC till tomorrow so for a temporary fix I sanded the joint, dabbed a bit of PCV cement, wiped off the excess, then used hot glued around the whole joint. Anyone ever try this?

As for a real fix, I guess I have to cut off above the joint and redo everything?
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For the temp fix - sounds like it will do the job, but have never done it.

For real fix - yep, sounds right, cut it off and redo.

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The answer would totally depend on where the PVC is located....

Is it inside your tank or OUTSIDE?

If it sits INSIDE, it has to be NON-toxic & has to say it on the packaging.

If it's PVC for your filtration system & it's located outside, then it doesn't matter.

You could also use teflon tape instead.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

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For the temp fix - sounds like it will do the job, but have never done it.

For real fix - yep, sounds right, cut it off and redo.
OK thanks, guess I'll pick up extra stuff too just in case.


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Is it inside your tank or OUTSIDE?

If it sits INSIDE, it has to be NON-toxic & has to say it on the packaging.

If it's PVC for your filtration system & it's located outside, then it doesn't matter.

You could also use teflon tape instead.
Yup its for my filtration and its on the outside. Anything inside the tank I didn't even bother to glue.
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Is it inside your tank or OUTSIDE?

If it sits INSIDE, it has to be NON-toxic & has to say it on the packaging.

If it's PVC for your filtration system & it's located outside, then it doesn't matter.

You could also use teflon tape instead.


This doesn't make sense. If it's contact with the water, it wouldn't make any difference if the toxic chemical is in contact with the water while it's in the tank or about to be in the tank.

Maybe I don't understand what you meant, but it's a bit misleading.
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pvc cement is non toxic when cured. has to be as its used for drinking water plumbing

i've stuck in an emergency a glued pvc pipe in for filtration 30 minuts after cementing with no issues on livestock
I would not reccommend that as a daily occurence but for emergency, it worked.
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