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John SD

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Well, I had a dumba$$ attack today and drove a bit too close to my '7 round steel stock tank with the duals on the truck! :shock: Pulled the side of the tank away from the bottom. My idea to try and fix it is clean it up with a wire brush, then silicone caulk the heck out of it and hammer it back together as close as possible. I don't care if it's pretty or not!

I've kinda ruled out JB Weld and other brittle fix-it kind of stuff because I figure there just has to be some give to the repair. Another idea I had is a product called Goop that my neighbor recommends. I think is kind of like a glorified thick superglue.

Anyone have any success or failure stories on a case like this? The tank is only a few years old and not rusted at all.
 

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Goop is GREAT for just about anything I've found out. I've fixed water tanks with it before....holds great!! Will fix water tanks, leaky boots, etc.
 

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I have had great success with silicone calk - - -get it clean first - - - my wife says I will give my cattle cancer having their water in contact with silicone but I have used it for several years and feel she is just over cautious.
 

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Red Robin said:
John can you not braze it? Was it brazed originally?

RR, the tank is a Behlen tank. It's not brazed originally. Looks like it's crimped in place by a machine and sealed with some kind of stuff that might have silicone in it, but with a heavier consistency.

I've used the 100% silicone 50 year rated caulk with good success on underwater applications in tire tanks. I do know the paintable stuff with latex in it won't last underwater!

I'll report back after I caulk it with the 100% silicone pro or con. :D
 

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John SD said:
Red Robin said:
John can you not braze it? Was it brazed originally?

RR, the tank is a Behlen tank. It's not brazed originally. Looks like it's crimped in place by a machine and sealed with some kind of stuff that might have silicone in it, but with a heavier consistency.

I've used the 100% silicone 50 year rated caulk with good success on underwater applications in tire tanks. I do know the paintable stuff with latex in it won't last underwater!

I'll report back after I caulk it with the 100% silicone pro or con. :D
John, If I could get the bead back together but not leak proof I would braze it then caulk it. If it is galvanized and I am sure it is breath some air from a different location while you braze. :wink: That galvanized coating burning is not very good for you. If you can braze some of the bead back I think your caulk will at least have less hole to fill.
 

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Beat it back as tight as you can silicon it and then shovel some dirt into the area it will plug up the little seaps when I was a kid my Dad had 2 tanks that leaked we just shoveled some clay type soil in it and good as new.
 

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If you can get some 3M 5200, it should do the trick. I have used it for alot of things and it has done a great job....

The seal is extremely strong, retains its strength above or below water line. Stays flexible too - allows for structural movement. Has excellent resistance to weathering and salt water.
 

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