Small hole in 2 cycle gas tank

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by z_clark, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have a very small hole in my stick edger's gas tank. Tried fixing it w/ "Goop" I got from Home Depot, but the gas acts like a thinner, and it wears off.

    How do I fix this? Thank you!
  2. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get a new gas tank from your dealer.
  3. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let tank dry out, then use soldering gun to fuse plastic together.
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  4. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    We do this in our shop and it works quit well. You can even use a bit of trimmer line as a filler is needed. Good luck.
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  5. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the help! I will try this out as soon as I have a day to let that tank dry out....this weekend. Good tip about using the trimmer line as filler too....may need a bit. Thank y'all!
  6. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    This is one reason I love this site. It's little tidbits of info like this that can save you lots of time and expense. Good tip Riches139.
  7. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    z clark, You also may want to try a product called "Quicksteel" It works excellent, and is very strong..And way easier to work with than JB weld..
  8. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I take it you guys are talking about one of the butane soldering guns, and not an iron, since it almost seems that an iron would only cause a larger hole, whereas a gun would almost allow you to be able to take a little plastic patch and place it over the hole, and then just melt it together.
  9. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    butane!!!! NO,NO,NO.
    No open flame unless you want get blown up. Use a ELECTRIC iron. Below is the one I use at work. 120 VAC , 40 Watts with a 1/4" flat tip. A 25 watt will melt plastic. A flat tip works best.

  10. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    NO butane (flame). . .the gas vapors left in an empty fuel tank are often more combustible than the fuel itself!

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