Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
First find out what the plastic is. It will be molded into the plastic somewhere on the tank, near or in the recycling triangle symbol. I THINK it is ABS, but check to see for sure. If it is ABS, patching will be pretty easy. You can buy a small can of pipe adhesive at Home Depot or such, get the one for ABS, NOT PVC. You can buy a small black ABS fitting or find a scrap of pipe at a plumbing dealer, cut a piece out, (flatten with a heat gun if necessary, and use the ABS adhesive to attach it over the slot.
ABS solvent bonds, meaning that the solvent in the adhesive actually desolves the surface of the plastics causing a good "weld" between them.
If the tank is PP or PPE, patching will be much harder, and should be plastic welded. You would have to find a plastics company locally to do this, it uses a special heat gun to melt the plastics and filler rod. If it is PP or PPE, patching it with an epoxy such as JB Weld will be risky, as the adhesive will only surface bond, and could very easily "spring a leak" later as the fuel seeps between the surfaces and de-bonds it. I would NOT recommend epoxy for the repair, either on ABS or PP/PPE. You need something that will fuse the surfaces together, not just "stick" them to one another with a surface bond.
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