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Technical Non Bike Question: Repairing Plastic LEAK

Way off Bike topic, but I felt with all of the collective knowledge, someone would know how to fix this problem without replacing the whole pump. Got back from a 1,500 mile trip to find the pool pump plastic housing with a PIN HOLE LEAK. It is made of a very hard plastic and the leak is so small that I can easily stop it with finger pressure. Are there any new magic products that will stop it? I can probably replace the housing but thought I'd try to fix it first.

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Have you tried using a hot soldering iron to melt the hole closed?

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Way off Bike topic, but I felt with all of the collective knowledge, someone would know how to fix this problem without replacing the whole pump. Got back from a 1,500 mile trip to find the pool pump plastic housing with a PIN HOLE LEAK. It is made of a very hard plastic and the leak is so small that I can easily stop it with finger pressure. Are there any new magic products that will stop it? I can probably replace the housing but thought I'd try to fix it first.
I have successfully fixed leaks in water pipes using epoxy plumber paste. It is found in the plumbing section of "Home Depot" (or similar) stores. It is moldable and cures to a consistency that you can file it to dress it up if necessary. Following is a quick link to show you what I'm talking about. The link is just an example, not a testimonial for this particular brand, although I think this is the stuff i used.

http://www.wmharvey.com/prod/cat4/pep/epoxy.php

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What about putting a self tapping screw into it, with some nutlock or silicon on it.
Plumbers paste is a good idea too.

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I thought about the hot soldering iron and checked with local Pinch a Penny dealer who said best solution is to use a plastic 2 part epoxy from Ace. I'll give epoxy a try if the hot iron doesn't work. Its in an area where it would be hard to drill and tap with a screw.

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I thought about the hot soldering iron and checked with local Pinch a Penny dealer who said best solution is to use a plastic 2 part epoxy from Ace. I'll give epoxy a try if the hot iron doesn't work. Its in an area where it would be hard to drill and tap with a screw.
Yesterday I used the Ace product and so far it seems to be working. The leak has stopped with the pump under pressure. Unfortunately my guess is that there will be other leaks in the general area of the pump so best start thinking of replacing the area in question. Next leak will be when I'm out of town and I'll come home to an empty pool.

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Marine-tex expoxy,found in the Boat/sporting goods at Wal-Mart. It will stop leaks in boats while still in the water.
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