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Had a similar situation back in 1976. Cleaned off the affected leak area (a
"dry" joint not enough solvent cement) sanded it lightly and dried thoroughly.
Applied 1" fiberglass tape and epoxy 2 part mix for several inches on both
sides of the fault with about four layers IIRC, and let it cure solid.
Resulting repair probably solider than a solvent joint. Absolutely no leaks at
all since then. Time invested, maybe an hour, since it was handy to get at in
the basement. Any boat shop will have the right resins, and polyesters will
probably work as well as epoxies and are cheaper, too. HTH