Gluing a Toilet Tank - A real life report

The folks in this forum were kind enough to give me advice as to how to do this so wanted to share my real life experience.
My friend was removing her toilet tank to replace the bolts and washers (slight leak) and managed to break off a huge chunk from one side of the tank -- about 8" long by 3" deep. Since it was a 3.5 gallon tank with no replacements available, choice was to glue it or replace the toilet. The break was above the water line (OK, I did lower the water in the tank a little to make that so) and on the side of the tank facing the sliding glass doors on the tub.
Taking the advice here, I used a clear waterproof exoxy, $2.98 worth of Devcon Two-Ton Epoxy. Mixed it in a plastic cup and applied it with a plastic knife. Wiped off the excess with a little acetone and I was done. We let the toilet sit overnight, did a final clean-up with acetone and the toilet is back in service. The repair is as strong as can be. I did increase the water-level in the toilet to see if the repair was waterproof -- it seems to be but I didn't tempt fate and lowered the level since the toilet flushed fine at the lower level.
So the cost of repair was $2.98 for the epoxy, a little Acetone (women who wear nail polish most likely have this in their bathrooms) and a plastic knife donated by Baja Fresh. As long as the break is fairly clean, this is a repair anyone can make.
I did use regular expoxy rather than 5-minute epoxy. The regular epoxy had a "work time" of 30-minutes so I didn't have to hurry in making final adjustments to the "fit" and in cleaning up the excess.
DJ in VA
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Congratulations. Thanks for the information. Nothing like fixing something for next to nothing, that you initially thought would be unfixable.

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Yeah, but what happens the next time you got one of those gut removing cases where the shit shoots out of your ass with 500 PSI and the gas is even more powerful. Will the toilet hold up to that force? Be sure to let us know. In fact, please do a test. Eat a 20oz can of sauerkraut, a 16 oz can of kidney beans, drink 64oz of prune juice, and a gallon of raw cider. Wait 5 minutes, and prepare for blastoff. After the explosion, please report back to this newsgroup with the results. OK....
PS. Be sure to extinguish all flames in your house before doing this. That includes all pilot lights too.
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