might work, might not. Will only work if it's a thermoset plastic.
I would be concerned that the glue would not actually stick to the gas
tank and you'd end up with a leak between the tank and the glue.
Teflon tape is not a sealer; it's used on pipe threads as a lubricant
to allow the pipe fittings to be tightened more securely for a better
seal. It does not provide any sealing itself. Probably plain old
electrical tape would work better, although again, I'd be concerned
about the gasoline dissolving the adhesive and starting another leak.
How about cutting the nipple off entirely, finding an appropriately
sized brass fitting, and threading it into the tank with some Permatex
No. 2 or similar to seal the threads? Or if the cut into the plastic
nipple is not deep, just cover the nipple with a thin coat of Permatex
and reinstall the hose? (obviously this will permanently glue the hose
to the tank, making future disassembly problematic.)
Forgot to mention, if you don't feel like messing with it, have you
tried to get a price on a replacement gas tank? It might be
surprisingly inexpensive. I was pleasantly surprised the other day
when I priced out some replacement parts for some Andersen windows,
under $60 for a casement window actuator, and a counterbalance and
latch for a double-hung.
On 21 Nov 2006 20:37:45 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
No. You'll just get a bigger hole.
I very much doubt it. Won't stick.
I'm sure. I cam accoss plastic epoxy in a double syringe, at ACE
hardware. Haven't used it yet. Should be great.
PC-11 specifically says it doesn't stick to polyethylene, if that's
what you have, but PC-7 doesn't say that.
I would try JB-weld because Steve recommended it, but if it doesn't
work well you can scrape it off later. It wil come off in one piece.
I would have said the same thing about 5-minute epoxy, like from
Devcon, but others have said they won't stick. Hmmm. It didn't stick
to my motorcycle coil which is covered in some sort of plastic.
You might also try GE silicone. Available in 2 oz tubes at autoparts
stores, in black. Again if it doesn't work you can srape it off.
Also available in caulking gun size tubes for far less money per
ounce, and probably won't dry out for months (or years?) if you seal
it well. Mine came with a cap but I used plastic electric tape wound
tight to go over the nozzle and cap.
PC-7 is worth buying even if you think you are only going to use it
this once. in the two 2 or 4 oz. cans. People have raved here for
quite a while about JB-welld, so I bougth some and tried it. And
although it wasn't enough for one particular job, that probably was
not its fault. It has the advantgage of being very creamy and I'm
sure dries with a nice appearance (although in my case, the glue was
hidden from view.
PC-7 is thick and comparitively hard to work ith, but that is all
overcome by wetting one's finger and smoothing things out.
PC-7 is FANTASTIC. IT STICKS TO GLASS, FOR GOSH SAKE.
You can APPLY IT UNDERWATER, OR TO A LEAKING DRAIN WITH A LEAKING
FAUCET ABOVE IT, AND it will be waterproof when it dries.
stick something like a woooden match or a stick in the "spigot?" for
he gas, and then work in the pc-7, making sure it doesn't get too big
for the tube that goes on it. That it's all or mostly within the
Smooth it with a spit-wet finger, but use each of your fingers, and
only once. That's why God gave us 10 (the thumbs don't seem to work
well of rhtis.. Or at least don't put your glue-dirty finger in your
mouth. In the last 4 months I've learned to pour my spit on it
without touching my finger to my mouth. I doubt if the stuff I used
to taste on rare occasions would kill me, but it couldn't do me any
pc-7 takes a full 24 hours to dry, set, completely. That's if you mix
it well. If you don't, I don't think it ever sets. I use ttwo
screwdrivers, one for each can, then mix it with one of them. Before
it sets, it wipes off the screwdrivers with a paper towell, and will
wash off with plain water too. Although I don't do that in a sink
because I don't want it to go down the drain.
Even when smoo
I contacted the local lawn mower repair shop & they have a replacement
spigot just for this situation. You cut off the old plastic spigot,
drill a hole & insert a replacement spigot that screws tight to the
In our case we were able to just push the new gas line up tight to the
bottom of the tank and use two clamps to hold it in place. No leaks!!!
Yes there is a glue (sealant) that is made for such fixes. It will stick to
plastic or what ever and will not dissolve with gas. I have used in plenty
of times on leaky gas tanks. Metal and plastic. This spring I sealed a
Briggs and Stratton mower, plastic gas tank that was leaking badly at a
join. I used this mower all summer with no leaks. The stuff is called "Seal
All" and can be bought at hardware stores or automotive parts stores.
Several thin coats are better than one thick one. Allow to dry between
Hmm, so you fix this cheap little tank and park the lawnmower in your garage
and it leaks, catches fire ,the house burns down, the kids are killed and
you saved what 10-20 dollars? Replace the tank!
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