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Old 11-25-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Can an igloo cooler be fixed?

I apologize if this is the wrong forum but I wasn't sure where else to put this question.

I took apart the bulkhead on my 10 gal igloo cooler and noticed a small crack radiating from the circular hole where the bulkhead goes through. It's only on the white interior plastic but I expect it will leak when filled because it reaches past the o-ring contact patch. Is there any way to fix the crack and seal it back up to where it is food safe and can stand the heat?

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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DAP is said to be food grade safe. At 150-170F though I don't know.

Totally redneck food grade version answer.

- Use it as a MLT let the sticky syrup of the mash fill the crack and don't scrub it out.

Somebody will give a much better answer.

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:30 AM   #3
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Food grade silicone should do the trick, call the folks @ Wasserstrom on Monday. If they don't have it they should be able to point you in the right direction.

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:04 AM   #4
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Thanks Dan and bad67z. I wasn't sure if there was such a thing as food grade silicone. I'll start the search Monday. Meanwhile I'll drill a tiny hole at the end of the crack to keep it from spreading.

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:09 AM   #5
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Meanwhile I'll drill a tiny hole at the end of the crack to keep it from spreading.
That's a great idea! Best of luck and please keep this thread going with updates on the outcome. Many of us use plastic coolers and we'd be fools if we didn't consider the same issue coming up.

Thanks in advance!

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I am just waiting for the day when mine cracks...

gonna do this when it does:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/my-new-mash-tun-268370/

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+1 to drilling a hole at the end to help keep it from spreading.

+1 to DAP clear silicon. It doesn't blatantly say that it's food grade or temp safe on the front of the tube. Check the back and it will tell you whether you've for the right kind.

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Get a wood burner and some plastic welding rod!

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DAP in combination with a food safe silicone washer would help ease some of the stress on the fracture and provide an additional layer of sealing.

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I'm not sure how much heat it can take but you can pick up a taupe of aquarium silicon at a pet store.

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