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Old August 1st, 2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Got a leak in a seam on a PVC pipe for bathroom sink drain, problem is, it's between floors, I have to cut drywall to get to it from the first floor ceiling.

Can I goop the crap out of it with something and get it to hold?
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Old August 1st, 2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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I had a leak in pvc on my travel trailer drain.
I roughed up the surface with sandpaper, slathered silicone all over it and wrapped it up with electrical tape to keep the silicone in place.
Kinda redneck repair, but it works!!!!!!
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If it's just a drain and doesn't have any kind of pressure or standing water in it you should be fine to rig something up. Silicone should do the trick if you allow it time to cure
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Most hardware stores have an emergency leak repair take that would probably hold up well on a drain.
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Got a leak in a seam on a PVC pipe for bathroom sink drain, problem is, it's between floors, I have to cut drywall to get to it from the first floor ceiling.

Can I goop the crap out of it with something and get it to hold?
How can you reach it to put a band aid on it but not fix it right?
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How can you reach it to put a band aid on it but not fix it right?
OP is lazy duh. GTFO with your common sense.
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I can reach it through the light fixture opening directly below it, 5" hole maybe, if I do it right, I'd have to cut an opening in the drywall and then patch it back up. Thanks for the lazy comments though, I would expect nothing less from the Pub

If you can replace a 90 degree PVC bend through a 5" opening you'd be my hero
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Obviously, cutting out and replacing the leaking fitting is the proper repair. But, there is plastic epoxy available at places like the home depot that is made for plastic. It's even white in color. Mix two parts together and apply. It's in a thick liquid form and comes in a type of syringe that squeezes out the proper amount of each. Just make sure the plastic is clean and dry. It works great.
Slathering pvc glue outside the joint almost never works, and silicone is a little better but looks horrible and usually leaks over time. (Kinda like how bathtub caulk gets moldy)
Are you sure it's even glued? Maybe the plumber missed that joint? The first thing I'd probably do is try to pry it apart if there is room.
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Thanks Rob the Plumber, I'll look for the two part epoxy. I can't get to it to yank on it, best I can do is get a hand up there to smear some epoxy or glue without cutting a hole, which I am trying to avoid at this point.
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Your not having much luck.
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i tried this once and it worked.......with a hack saw or rough file, make a small pile of pvc pipe shavings. then mix it with the pvc glue and make a slurry which is then smeared onto the crack and worked in as the glue dries.
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If you have to cut the drywall it's not the end of the world since it's easily repaired, but painting ceilings is a pain in the ass.
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No, it's not the end of the world, I can do it all myself without a plumber or painter, but I would rather be spending my time with my 3 month old son and also in the middle of a lightning strike insurance claim so pretty busy right now.
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No, it's not the end of the world, I can do it all myself without a plumber or painter, but I would rather be spending my time with my 3 month old son and also in the middle of a lightning strike insurance claim so pretty busy right now.
I totally understand, but after 7 years of maintaining a 1930s built house i've realized temporary fixes only last so long, and after you figure in the TOTAL time, money, and effort, i'm almost always ahead by just fixing it "right" the first time.
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The epoxy will absolutely work as a permanent repair on pvc. It's not like it's galvanized pipe that will continue to rot away.
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The epoxy will absolutely work as a permanent repair on pvc. It's not like it's galvanized pipe that will continue to rot away.
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I totally understand, but after 7 years of maintaining a 1930s built house i've realized temporary fixes only last so long, and after you figure in the TOTAL time, money, and effort, i'm almost always ahead by just fixing it "right" the first time.
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Until the repair does leak... and the water sits on top of the drywall and molds everything.
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Until the repair does leak... and the water sits on top of the drywall and molds everything.
It'll drip through the light fixture. How do you think he found the leak in the first place?
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