Any suggestion for an inexpensive rubber stopper such as these (see pic) for Fafco solar panels?

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On Mon, 28 May 2012 13:19:18 -0700, Evan wrote:

Yes.
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On Mon, 28 May 2012 12:47:17 -0700, Oren wrote:

Pool is far from the house on a hill. Panels are below the pool on the hillside facing the sun.
I know ... most people have the panels on the house which is behind the pool and facing the sun.
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They're too ugly to be on the roof. The HOA told them they'd have to bury them. ;-)
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On Mon, 28 May 2012 16:26:46 -0500, gonjah wrote:

I think it was me who didn't have the facts straight. I mis-remembered the length of the warranty but in the end, it didn't matter because the warranty didn't transfer, even during the warranty period of 10 years.
At the moment, I've plugged six more holes and have a few more to go (had a party so I had to stop when guests arrived).
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On 5/28/2012 11:58 PM, Arklin K. wrote:

I think it's probably a waste of time and effort unless you can get it to get the pool started. Sounds like it was improperly maintained. Froze?
I'm surprised the panels cost so much. Do they look like this?:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41dW%2B1jiSTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
And have you seen this?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuUYETXE31s

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On Mon, 28 May 2012 09:04:01 -0700, Oren wrote:

Funny you mention that. I 'thought' of just buying lots and lots of cheap irrigation tubing and hooking it to the ends.
I'll take a picture of the tubes (having a party today so gotta run ... will write back later with details).
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On Mon, 28 May 2012 12:38:31 -0700, Bob F wrote:

Wow. That's a GREAT idea!
If it works, it would be sheer genius.
I'll try it on one tube ... (but I have to buy the right size tubing first).
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On Mon, 28 May 2012 15:17:42 -0700, Bob F wrote:

I bought fifty drip system hole plugs from Lowes, part number 646050 as shown in this photo below with the Fafco solar heating panel rubber plug measurements.
The potential issue is the shape and material is all different as can be seen in this comparison photo:

Given the Fafco solar heating rubber plug (stopper) measurements: - Width 1/4" tapered to a smidge over 1/8"; length barely over 7/8"
Here is the original picture of the plug kit:

I think these 50 cent plugs just might work (free shipping over $40): http://www.widgetco.com/000000-rubber-stoppers-plugs
The measurements are: - Widgetco Part Number: 7-R000000-EPDM-RS - Top Diameter: 1/4" | .250" | 6mm - Bottom Diameter: 1/8" | .125" | 3mm - Length: 3/4" | .750" | 19mm - Durometer: 55 - Material: EPDM
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On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:45:59 +0000, Arklin K. wrote:

Drat. After all that research, I called Poco Solar just now at 3345 Keller Street Santa Clara (408-970-0680) and they charge 54 cents plus about 10% tax for the plugs.
I don't know how many pinholes there are, but, each pinhole takes at least two plugs (sometimes more). I'd guess there are about 50 holes, so that's about 100 plugs. They have the repair tool kit (comes with 20 plugs) for $45 + about $5 tax.
I really wish I could find a rubber string to fit. I'll have to check the McMaster Carr site again.
BTW, Poco Solar said the "Revolution" panels are $528 but those are the ones I have which have the 'whorl' pressed into them which creates thousands of weak points (all the leaks are at the whorl!).
So if I'm going to replace the 12 feet by 4 feet solar heating panels, I'll need the "Sunsaver" style. Luckily it's better and cheaper at $370 each. (It's amazing that people pay about 150 dollars more for the weaker, more troublesome Fafco solar heating panels.)
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face=Verdana>...</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>&gt; On Mon, 28 May 2012 15:17:42 -0700, Bob F wrote:<BR>&gt;&gt; Drip system hose is your best bet if it fits. <BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; I bought fifty drip system hole plugs from Lowes, part number 646050 as <BR>&gt; shown in this photo below with the Fafco solar heating panel rubber plug <BR>&gt; measurements.<BR>&gt; <BR>&gt; The potential issue is the shape and material is all different as can be <BR>&gt; seen in this comparison photo:<BR>&gt;&nbsp;</FONT><A href="
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</FONT></A><BR><FONT face=Verdana>&gt; <BR>&gt; I think these 50 cent plugs just might work =(free shipping over $40):<BR>&gt;&nbsp;</FONT><A href="http://www.widgetco.com/000000-rubber-stoppers-plugs "><FONT face=Verdana>http://www.widgetco.com/000000-rubber-stoppers-plugs </FONT></A><BR><FONT face=Verdana>&gt; <BR>&gt; The measurements are:<BR>&gt; - Widgetco Part Number: 7-R000000-EPDM-RS<BR>&gt; - Top Diameter: 1/4" | .250" | 6mm<BR>&gt; - =Bottom Diameter: 1/8" | .125" | 3mm<BR>&gt; - Length: 3/4" | .750" | 19mm<BR>&gt; - Durometer: 55<BR>&gt; - Material: EPDM<BR>&gt;&nbsp;<BR></FONT></DIV> <DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>A few years back I have attended seminar on solar panels, </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>it all sounded so nice but when I confronted OEM Representative </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>with how long it will take to recover initial investment he </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>tried to avoid the answer finally he admitted about 15 years</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>and that is not considering on any repairs that is when I said?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>&nbsp;"BUCK STOPS HERE" he did not appreciate my comment.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>Perhaps some southern States may have much more successes </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Verdana>then northern or some place in between sill it is a gamble.</FONT></DIV></DIV></BODY></HTML> ------=
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The suggested McMaster-Carr plugs were the best deal: http://www.mcmaster.com/#tapered-rubber-plugs/=idrxdo 1/4" x 1/8" x 3/4" PN: 6448K88, $8.46/100 plugs
That comes out to about 9 cents a plug, with shipping.
They're the same size and material as the Fafco solar panel plugs except for two things (which matter - but which can be worked around).
1. They shorter (3/4" versus 7/8") 2. They don't have the hole in the large end
Personally, I 'wish' I could find longer tapered plugs because the longer the taper, the easier they plug the tube - but the muuuch cheaper plugs do work. They're just harder to get inside the tube.
Likewise, I was easily able to create the hole in the large end of the plugs I bought simply by heating an allen wrench in a flame and using it to punch a hole in the end of the tapered plugs.
While that worked, it wasn't really necessary so I stopped melting the hole. The only reason for the hole is to keep the pressure at the center of the plug when installing so that it doesn't 'bunch up' and bend like an inchworm as it tries to go into the hole.
The workaround is to use a 1/8" round-tipped tool to push the plug into the tube hole. It takes more force than with the official Fafco plugs - but it works.
Here's a picture of the plugs being installed in a lousy Fafco solar panel:

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On Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:40:14 +0000, Arklin K. wrote:

Interestingly, the package from McMaster-Carr said it was from Rubber Dynamics (rubberdynamics.com) which has the plugs (in bulk) cheaper than McMaster-Carr https://www.appliederp.com/rubberdynamics/cart/items.aspx?cat 0
The problem with Rubber Dynamics is that you can only buy 10 packs of 100 each, whereas at McMaster Carr you can buy 1 pack at 100 each.

They're $5.00 for 100 at Rubber Dynamics (but you need to buy ten packs which is $50 for 1,000 plugs.
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On Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:18:18 +0000, Arklin K. wrote:

I forgot to list the Rubber Dynamics part number in case someone needs this in the future.
TPE0250-0750 100 PER PACK EPDM 45 DUROMETER A=0.125 (the small end is 1/8") B=0.25 (the large end is 1/4") C=0.75 (the length is 3/4") TPE-7
The only difference between this 5 cent plug and the 54 cent Fafco repair plug is that the Fafco plug is 7/8" long and it has a tiny hole in the large end for the Fafco allen wrench tool to fit inside.
The hole is easy to make with a heated allen wrench but I really wish I could find a plug that was 7/8 inch long.
Does ANYONE know where we can buy, in bulk, a standard stopper that is 7/8" long (and 1/4" at the large end, and about 1/8" or so at the small end)?
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