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    Cracked Patterson Tank

    I was recently developing some 35mm in my 3 reel tank, and I accidentaly cracked the side of the tank by tapping it on the side of my sink. I accidentaly hit the side on the edge of my sink and a small hairline crack appeared. I isn't even really visible until you see liquid beading out of it. Before I toss it, I thought I'd check to see if anyone has had any luck glueing or resealing cracked Paterson tanks. My thought is that any fix, say silicone sealant, would have to be done on the outside of the tank, and it probably wouldn't work anyway. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Ruby
    I was recently developing some 35mm in my 3 reel tank, and I accidentaly cracked the side of the tank by tapping it on the side of my sink. I accidentaly hit the side on the edge of my sink and a small hairline crack appeared. I isn't even really visible until you see liquid beading out of it. Before I toss it, I thought I'd check to see if anyone has had any luck glueing or resealing cracked Paterson tanks. My thought is that any fix, say silicone sealant, would have to be done on the outside of the tank, and it probably wouldn't work anyway. Thanks.
    I tried hard PVC glue. It worked for some time. But after a while the tank began to leak again. So hard PVC glue is not what you are looking for.
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    Try thin superglue - it may be drawn into the crack by capillary action - if you are lucky.

    Cheers, Bob.

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    It's a goner unless you want to save it for a holding tank or clearing tank. I had the same happen to me. Another photographer told me to wrap duct tap around the tank for better grip and as a bumper for dropping. It seems to work.
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    I used a cracked Paterson tank as a film washer for a number of years. The water flows over the top and out the bottom at the same time doing away with the need to occasionally dump the tank.

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    Cracked Patterson tank

    It won't be pretty but you can take an electric soldering iron to the crack on the outside of the tank - a little melting should seal the crack; follow with a wrap of duct tape.
    Cheers! Happy processing.
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    I have an old Paterson tank that has had more than it's fair share of hard knocks. It used to leak from the side and the bottom, until I slathered JB Weld all over the leaky points. Been leak free for over three years now.

    I have other tanks, but this is the only one I have in this size, and the first Paterson I bought, many years ago. I just couldn't toss it out. Still use it most every day.

    You can get JB Weld at most any hardware and auto parts stores. 'Bout 5 bux. Clean the tank well with soapy water and rinse. Let it dry, then follow the instructions on the JB package.
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    I repaired one with ABS pipe cement. Clean first with the purple stuff. It still works.
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    Good Evening, David,

    I have exactly the same tank and, back in the seventies, did exactly the same thing to mine. The crack was relatively small, and I managed to hold the tank together to prevent leakage and complete the processing. Fortunately there wasn't even any film fogging.

    For the repair, I used Testors model cement, which, I suppose, is basically acetone. It was just as simple as putting two model airplane parts together. I applied it liberally on both sides and, to the extent possible, between the sides of the crack, clamped with a couple of strong rubber bands, and let it harden. I subsequently used the tank without problems.

    As I recall, this incident was one of the factors which prodded me in the direction of stainless steel developing equipment, a step which I have never regretted, but the Patterson still sits in the cabinet and would, I assume, work fine today--as long as some restraint is used when rapping it on the counter!

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    unless something has changed these tanks have a life time warranty Just get in touch with them and they will replace the item.
    I haven't had to do this in some time, but they were always very responsive when i did have an issue. The address i have on hand is Tiffen Group 31 Jet view Dr. Rochester ny. It has been several years since i talked with them so i am hesitate to give you a phone number.

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