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    Gluing PVC to acrylic

    my skimmer is leaking where the gate valve joins the acrylic bottom of the skimmer, basicly there is a round hole at the base for the skimmer and the gate valve fits into the hole and it is leaking there....... does anyone know what glue i can use to fix this leak.......... thanks in advance

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    Looks like weldon 16 is one of the ways to go.
    Rob

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    i tried 16 and it still leaked, i'm wondering if 40 would be better

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    Are you running a new bead around the entire base of the valve? I did my skimmer mod with Weldon 16 and it worked very well. I applied about a 1/16 inch DIA bead to the whole seam.
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    it might also help if you scrubbed the surface with any residue from the old glue first. then scratch the area with a smooth sandpaper to get some pores open.. then give it a nice thick layer.. works for me.

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    If the gap is "big" so that the solvent won't properly fuse the parts, I suggest that you grind some acrylic to a fine powder and have it dissolved in a similar amount of the Weldon solvent. Then put the weldon/disolved powder in the gap. The disolved stuff would fill the gap as the solvent evaporates. Just an idea.

    Where can one get some Weldon in the west Island?

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