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If I drilled holes on Rubbermaid drum...

what shall I use to fill it back up? Will silicone stick to the wall of a Rubbermaid drum?
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Yeah, it should. But depending on what size holes you're talking about, for something like 3/8" or bigger, I'd probably try to cut some larger squares out of some other plastic material, cover one side with silicone, then press them over the holes kinda like a patch, smearing any excess silicone down on both sides.


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Install a bulkhead and cap it?
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Silicone doesn't stick well to plastic and often tends to delaminate/peel-off after time. I'm not quite sure how you're intending to use it, but if you need a reliable seal then I'd suggest you find a glue specifically intended for such plastics. Epoxy might be a better bet, but I'd research it yourself first to see if that is the best option or if there are others which are better.
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I'm with Divine Winds, if you can use a bulkhead, do it. Then you still have the holes if you need them again.


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What kind of application are we talking about here? Is it just going to be a tub that holds water and no matter how it looks? Or a more sensitive application, possible dealing with some pressure or strong circulation?


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I think the intended use and the size of the holes matters quite a bit.

If they are small, then you could probably just make a plug from silicone.

If they are larger, it might be easiest to do the bulkhead, or try to make a patch/gasket sorta thing on the inside, relying on the pressure of the water to push the patch/gasket against the bucket.

I've used barge contact cement for a variety of things, and it seems to be pretty good at adhering to stuff that is difficult to glue, but I doubt it's aquarium safe...
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It will depend some on how the container is used as well as the other points mentioned. Plastic has a lot of movement when it heats and cools. It also flexs a lot when you fill and empty things. Those two make make it real tough for any type adhesive to stick long term. I would look at a bulkhead type patch for the mechanical strength. Something with a flexible rubber type seal held in place with mechanical fasteners.
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Thank you all for the response! What I plan to do is to hard plumb a water pump in the Rubbermaid drum. I cannot find a good way to attach the PVC pipe to the inside wall. So maybe drill some 1/8 holes and use cable ties to hole the pipe? Or I'm better off installing a bulkhead near the bottom and run the pipe outside? How a 3/4 inch bulkhead will hold on a curved wall like the Rubbermaid drum?

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Can you run the plumbing up out of the top?
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If this is a round Rubbermaid Brute, Google: Uniseals

Otherwise, try what Diana suggested, and leave the drum open-topped.

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http://alliedaqua.com/uniseals-affordable-bulkhead-alternative.html?gclid=CLuLhffz8MICFfPm7AoduloAjQ

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Or I'm better off installing a bulkhead near the bottom and run the pipe outside? How a 3/4 inch bulkhead will hold on a curved wall like the Rubbermaid drum?
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IMHO you would be better off installing a bulkhead near the bottom and run the pipe on the outside. The 3/4 inch bulkhead will work fine on the rubbermaid drum. I've got a couple set up like this to hold my RO water and have never had a problem. Just be sure that you install the rubber gasket on the inside of the drum. Being that I need to heat my storage tank water I place the heater on the very bottom of the tub and drill the bulkhead hole a couple inches up so that the heater is never completely out of the water even if I drain the tub down to the bulkhead.



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