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Old 06-30-2010, 12:59 PM   #1
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Grey tank leak

Hi All,

I have a grey water leak in my 2001 T2053. Its leaking around the drain pipe join to the tank. I figure I need to pull the pipe out, reseal, and put it back. I have completely sanitized and drained the tank.

I haven't done anything to it, yet. I'm wondering:
- Do I have to remove/clean out/dissolve the old sealant somehow? How do I do that?
- What should I use to seal it back up with? I have some PVC pipe "cement" would that work you think?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi All,

I have a grey water leak in my 2001 T2053. Its leaking around the drain pipe join to the tank. I figure I need to pull the pipe out, reseal, and put it back. I have completely sanitized and drained the tank.

I haven't done anything to it, yet. I'm wondering:
- Do I have to remove/clean out/dissolve the old sealant somehow? How do I do that?
- What should I use to seal it back up with? I have some PVC pipe "cement" would that work you think?

Thanks in advance.
There's not much chance of removing the old pipe cement, unless you want to try a Dremel tool...

To seal the fitting back up, you will need ABS pipe cement. PVC pipe cement will not work properly, on ABS pipe...

HERE is a thread of mine, when we repaired our black tank..
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Hi,

Thanks for the info. From looking at your black tank repair, it looks like there's some sort of rubber seal or the like in there. I'm going to take a closer look and see if I have the same.
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Hi,

Thanks for the info. From looking at your black tank repair, it looks like there's some sort of rubber seal or the like in there. I'm going to take a closer look and see if I have the same.

I thought it was rubber also, but found out differently. Mine was actually plastic and hard plastic, at that. Had it been rubber, I could have done things a bit different.

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply. I did some more research, including talking to a local RV tech, and it turns out that the pipe is *welded* to the tank! Supposedly, a substance called "Marine Tex" (techs?) will do the job.
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Yep, the connection to the tank is an ABS "Weld"

When I removed the fitting from our black tank, the tank itself cracked. When I made the new fitting and my "Weld" I made sure I dealt with the cracks as well.

If you take your time, you can do a great job and make the joint stronger than it was originally!
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