Ideas to find slow puncture in 8ft diameter tube?
It’s a tube that runs around the perimeter of a small temporary pool which holds the sides up and therefore the water contained by floating on the water.
Currently I’m having to pump the damn thing up every day with one of those crappy foot pumps you usually get for an air mattress. I have purpose made vinyl repair kit for it, I just need to work out how to find the leak.
Submerging it in water isn’t an option unless I want 1500 litres spilling out! I’ve toyed with the idea of putting some Stans sealant but I can’t rotate it and the pressure must be pretty low so I doubt it would make it’s way round several feet.
Any bodges or techniques used elsewhere?Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
wipe it over with a sponge and water with a fair proportion of washing up liquid in. You’ll get bubbles where there’s a leak.
Or there’s that fluid that plumber use that does the same job you could spray on.
 maybe you should see if you can get 96″ wheels and tyres to match – the trails would really come alive.Posted 4 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
soapy water option but I thought it might not be the best for water that stays put for 3-4 months
did we misunderstand ?
if the tube is already in contact with the water, then surely you should be able to see the leak if it’s under the waterline (no idea how you’d fix it in situ though). If above, as seems more likely, just wet it and see what you can see (as theflatboy suggests)
(have you checked the valve ?)Posted 4 years ago
Cheers everyone, this is what it looks like.
Just splashing it with water isn’t working, and hopefully you can see now how soap would end up in the water – I don’t really know if this is an issue with the chlorine and pump potentially able to clear it. I seem to remember that there’s a surprising amount of water in it, so I think I’ll work out how much it costs me to fill it.
Filling the ring with water would seem to be the surest way, but obviously the whole thing would collapse unless I emptied it first. My final idea is smoke of some kind.Posted 4 years agoperthmtbMember
After floppy ring syndrome with one of those easyset pools, I bought the one with a metal frame instead, and three years on its still going strong.
Not much help for your puncture I know. For that I’d go the soapy water route – my kids put much worse in my pool and the chlorine tabs and filter are none the worse for it.Posted 4 years ago
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