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10/02/2017, 12:46 PM
I have a self drilled tank with a 1/2 inch bulkhead being used as my return. I ran a schedule 40 elbow from the bulkhead and pvc cemented them together.

My problem is there is a tiny leak at the elbow and bulkhead joint. Now that I have cemented them together how can I plug that leak?

The tank is currently up and running.

10/02/2017, 12:55 PM
For the return line I wouldn't try to patch any leaks, since it is pressurized. I would pull the bulkhead and redo it.

If it was the drain line, I would say sure throw some JB Water weld or something on it and call it a day.

That's just IMO though.

10/02/2017, 01:01 PM
What James said.

You're going to have to cut the elbow, take the bulkhead out and replace both.

10/02/2017, 01:46 PM
Depends on how bad the leak is. Often they will self seal if truly tiny; though perhaps a bit less likely on a pressure line. You could also try turning off the pump, draining the line and dabbing some solvent over the leak. Absent those, cut 'n replace.

10/02/2017, 05:00 PM
well that is what I was afraid of.

10/02/2017, 05:20 PM
If it were mine, I'd have a do-over. Even a little salt creep bugs me and looks terrible IMO.