Leaky Developing Tank

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  1. newcan1

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    I have a couple of stainless steel small developing tanks (1x35mm) with the standard black plastic lids. I used one yesterday, and to my horror, it leaks like a sieve. It's almost like the chemicals panic and scale the stainless steel walls of the tank in a rush to get out, even when it's not inverted. It's almost scary.

    I only switched to using said tank because the stainless lid on my regular stainless tank broke - the light baffle fell off.

    Is there supposed to be an O ring or something inside the plastic lids? I assume they are designed for inversion agitation, so there must be something wrong somewhere. I really don't want to buy a new tank, and if there is an obvious fix, that would be great.
     
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    You may need to get some replacement lids they do not have o rings or gaskets, they are a compression fit..... I know that freestyle has some.
     
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    Are they a standard size so that I don't need to know the manufacturer etc?
     
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    Check to make sure you haven't accidentally switched the lids between the tanks.
     
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    Check the lid carefully I have had one crack and begin to leak. Replacement lids are readiy available and they come in a standard size to fit all SS tanks.