Can a Rain Forest reservoir be repaired?

jwk1(zone 4a)September 12, 2013

I have four Rain Forest units that have been in storage for about five years in my basement. Unfortunately, family members decided to just pile stuff on top of them and three out of the four reservoirs have split sides.

Does anyone know if there is a way to repair these? Replacing will cost at least $75 a piece. Thanks for any info.

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nekbet(6)

try JB Weld to patch them up

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 10:37PM
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cole_robbie(6)

Isn't it just a common three gallon bucket and lid?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 6:33PM
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jwk1(zone 4a)

No, the reservoir holds 17 gallons.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 2:23PM
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cole_robbie(6)

ohhhh, I see now that they changed it. I put a link below to what they used to look like.

The new one looks built to break. I like jb-weld, too. Silicon sealant also works well. You can buy aquarium sealant if you like. Fiberglass drywall tape can be used to patch over large holes. And whatever glue you use, rough up the plastic first with a little sandpaper or some sort of abrasion to make it bond better.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 2:20AM
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PupillaCharites(FL 9a)

Without knowing any better, any epoxy ought to work, so no need to go to the auto department for JB which is just half epoxy and half fine iron and limestone for high temperature performance.

High temperature is not necessary for this, just the most waterproof regular epoxy ought to do better and be less to think about adding to the rainforest, stable as it likely may be.

If it were mine, I would check what plastic it was (looks like polystyrene?) If it happened to be polyethylene which can be problematic even for epoxies, I would just melt strips cut from a milk carton or a HDPE plastic bottle (vitamins, protein powders and many foods) with a heat gun over the injury and really weld it with its matching material.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 3:23AM
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