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Old 07-29-2003, 05:45 PM   #1
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help anyone?????

sump leaking at fitting for return:drained main tank to below overflow...unplugged pump emptied the section of the sump that the fitting is on have the darn thing loosened now need to get the silicone off hopefully without cutting myself or using any chemicals that would hurt the fish any advice appreciated thanks lor
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oh yea armed with razor blade screwdriver and vinegar what is my best bet thanks
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Old 07-29-2003, 05:51 PM   #3
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Is it a bulkhead? Does it have a rubber gasket? I personally have never been fond of using silicone to make a seal for bulkheads, that is what the gasket is for. I would use the blade and remove all the silicone from the hole, and clean the area with FW and replace the bulkhear and the gasket. If you can get all the silicone off the bulkhead, you could simply replace the gasket.
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yppers has a rubber gasket that much i do know so i need a new rubber gasket and do not use the silicone that is the way he had it set up hum you think the silicone ruined the gasket?
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Was the silicone on the gasket? If so, then yes, the gasket needs to be replaced.
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ok hubby is home and took over the razor work (my hero again) gasket is fine would it be over kill to have a gasket on inside and out? and thank you kindly for your very fast response
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would it be over kill to have a gasket on inside and out?
IMO yes, and it may cause it to leak. The gasket should not be on the "nut" side of the bulkhead, it could get wrinkled makeing it impossible to seal properly.
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ok wonderful...25 kudos for your trouble and a load of thanks.
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make sure you don't overtighten the nut and crack the acrylic.
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I always go 'finger tight' on my bulkhead nut. But then again you might want to use a wrench and go 1/4 turn past finger tight.
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