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Old 11-06-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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What have you guys found as the best long term method to seal/pot the heat stick so it doesn't leak? I used JB weld on the outside of the screw on connection and it failed after one yr.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
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I saw one of these in action this past weekend at my new homebrew club, he used RTV and poured it down the inside of the pipe. I'm very intrigued by these... and being able to brew all electric in the basement some day.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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I connected the cord to the element, wrapped some tape around the outside of the base of the element. This allowed me to pour J-B Weld over the terminals without getting it all over the place. (see this-> http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/heat...ml#post1839989) After it fully cured I used plumbers putty to seal the nut, element, & pipe. Has worked for 2 years no leak.

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that sounds like a good method. Did you still connect the ground wire to the chrome drain pipe.

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The link above an an early post of my heatstick. Here's a writeup of what i did: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/my-...tstick-220198/

I've used it for a couple years now and no problems. I'm not particularly easy on it either.

If you read through the thread i think someone else had a good/better idea on how to connect the ground wire.

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that sounds like a good method. Did you still connect the ground wire to the chrome drain pipe.
Yes, I wedged it between the nut & the pipe. I think a better method would be to strip the outer jacket long & run the ground wire to the top of the pipe; secure with terminal, small bolt & lock nut.
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