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Need A Simple Way To Seal Holes

I built a set of DIY intake/output tubes for my CO2 reactor. I also realized after I set up my contraption that I drilled the holes too high in the intake and now need a way to plug the holes that are furthest up. It's very close to the water surface and I don't want this thing to burn out my pump sucking air. Any suggestions? It has to be able to be put into use relatively immediately, so simply siliconing the openings is out.


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i forget the name of the product. but there is a PVC type glue that actually melts the PVC and bids it, though i would just scrap it and start over.
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2 part epoxy, but i would just scrap it and do it again.
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what is the O.D. of the pipe? looks like 3/4. go get a 3/4" coupler cut it to the height you need to seal the hole(s) then cut it in half. glue(cement) it to the pipe in question where you need it. the bond will be permanent.


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It's in the tank, connected and running already. That's my issue (and I'm lazy). I'll search for a while longer, but redoing it seems like it'll have to be the way to go.

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2. Per [ pur; unstressed per ]: preposition -- for each; for every.
3. Gallon [ gal-uhn ]: noun -- a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts.
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Missed your post. That could work.

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what is the O.D. of the pipe? looks like 3/4. go get a 3/4" coupler cut it to the height you need to seal the hole(s) then cut it in half. glue(cement) it to the pipe in question where you need it. the bond will be permanent.

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1. Watt [ wot ]: noun -- the SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second and equal to the power in a circuit in which a current of one ampere flows across a potential difference of one volt.
2. Per [ pur; unstressed per ]: preposition -- for each; for every.
3. Gallon [ gal-uhn ]: noun -- a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts.
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For a temporary fix, just get black electrical tape and wrap a couple of layers around the tube to cover the holes. That should give you a couple of weeks to work on a replacement. Or, go to a hardware store with a small piece of that tube, and find some vinyl flexible tubing with an ID near that tube's OD. Cut an inch of that vinyl tube, split one side of it and snap it over the holes.

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A hot glue gun might be good
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Thanks for all of the suggestions guys. In the end I just redid the intake pipes and drilled 1.5 inches lower. I didn't test them out, so hopefully I got enough pipe dope on them to keep them from leaking out of the top.

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1. Watt [ wot ]: noun -- the SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second and equal to the power in a circuit in which a current of one ampere flows across a potential difference of one volt.
2. Per [ pur; unstressed per ]: preposition -- for each; for every.
3. Gallon [ gal-uhn ]: noun -- a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts.
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