Repair Leak on a Budget

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a simple way for you to repair a leak when you can't afford a plumber

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Step 1: Get an Old Bike Tire

I have a bunch of bikes at my house. I seem to always pick them up for parts. they are good for all sorts of repair projects not to mention me and my kids are about to build a tree fort.
first off let's get the tire off. keep wheel on the bike it will make this easier. I used snips to cut tire off and got the inner tube out. Cut the tube into strip based on you leak

Step 2: Turn Off Water

really you don't need a pic or step. just go turn water off. Don't want that in your way when you do it

Step 3: Finishing Up

wrap the pipe in the strip of inner tube you have made. 3 or 4 times around should be good. put a pipe clamp around it and tighten. this can last for years just tighten a little more ever once and awhile.
As you can see in the 2nd pic I tried different things. the black is rubber coating lol. This is very effective and saves money not getting a plumber. A 5 year old could do it. Make sure and save the rest of tubes. never know when you might need it.
The rest of the bike keep as well. if you follow me I will be using it in future. Sry for darkness of pics. used the phone camera and was under a house. Any questions I'll answer in comments.

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    4 years ago

    Great temporary fix. From what I can see it made a muddy mess, It's easy to replace that section of pipe with new. Parts and glue I'm guessing around $10. If you would like I could help you on the "how to"

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    No I just replaced it all, dug down and made it all freeze resistant. Figured while I was doing it, I would make an instructable for people with no plumbing skills or tools. This isn't just for pipes though, it works on water hoses, air hoses, etc. I was just doing it in a practical setting I had available.


    4 years ago

    agreed. I'm a plumber. replacement PVC cleaner and glue will run you very little cash wise and its a permanent fix, considering you probably pay as much or more for the bike, unless you steal them (shame), just to get the inner tube. cost of the clamp alone is an unnecessary expense.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    agreed, but this is for any person that has no plumbing skills and can't hire a plumber. Now days everyone is with all the tech for kids, everyone is throwing bikes away. I have 6 bikes, there is 5 of us and didn't spend any money on them. :)