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    sand filter tank leaking

    i just noticed that i developed a leak on my sand filter housing. i have a 26" eco kleer filter. the leak is where they attached the drain fitting to the tank. is there a way to repair this?

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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    Welcome to the forum. A pic would help. Is the drain fitting threaded?
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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    The drain fitting should be a bulkhead type fitting. If it's leaking at the seal against the vessel you'll have to remove all the sand in order to repair or replace it.

    If it's the cap seal that's leaking, you can shut the pump off and remove the cap and replace or clean and lube the o-ring and get it to seal without losing any sand.
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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    Sorry, I should have looked that one up. That part is molded into the vessel. There's no way to fix it. You'll have to replace the filter. You might be able to find a vessel but they tend to be as expensive as a whole filter.
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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    that's what i was afraid of. i may try using a soldering iron and some epoxy glue. can't hurt that's for sure.

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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    Those operate under quite a bit of pressure... careful when you "do work" on a pressure vessel! It can certainly hurt someone if you compromise the integrity of the shell.

    Just me, but I would replace the thing. Safety is more important than saving a few hundred dollars to me.
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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    Wish me luck, i've cleaned out the crack and drilled two small holes at the beginning and end of it to stop it from spreading (not completely thru). applied a generous layer of jb weld, and is currently drying. will try it tomorrow.

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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    If you don't return, we'll know why! You've been advised by knowledgeable people not to proceed. I hope that no one gets hurt being in n around the pool if it doesn't hold.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    well, so far so good. patch is holding and running.

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    Re: sand filter tank leaking

    Were I to risk a repair, I think I would probably do a fiberglass repair, to give the flaw some strength in tension. but hey, if it works yay! If it fails I would grind off the JB and go back with some fiberglass and resin and then paint the whole shebang to protect against UV degradation.

    Might be a good idea to paint what you have there to prolong it under the UV.
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