I recently built a second heat stick using these instructions
. I probably used 2 tsp acetone to thin out the jb weld to pour into the chrome drain pipe to seal off the electrical connections. After about 36 hours, I tested the heat stick and after about 20 minutes it started tripping the gfi breakers. I tried a second breaker and it tripped it immediately. I thought I had a leak, even thought I could not detect any after removing the cap.
Two days later I decided to cake on jb weld in and around the chrome slip reducer nut to seal every possible leak. After another 24 hours I tested this and again after 20 minutes the gfi breakers trip. As a side note I'm using another heatstick a bud made for me. No problems with this one.
My theory is the acetone/jbweld mix is "liquefying" in the hot water. Immediately after the gfi tripped I moved the heat stick to a pot of 60 degree water. After sitting in cold water for 10 mins I put it back in hot water and powered it up. It lasted about 10 mins before tripping again. I moved the heatstick back to the cold water for about 10 mins before moving it back to the hot water. Same thing, lasts about 10 mins and trips.
Is it possible the acetone/jbweld mix is the cause for this? Will this mix eventually harden to the point where it will not be an issue? I'm thinking at this point I may need to scrap what I can and build a new heatstick.
Thanks ahead of time for any assistance.