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SUGRU — hack things better July 14, 2010

Posted by rik94566 in aquaponics, plumbing.
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SUGRU & parts used in the aquaponic hack

PROBLEM:

My tubing connection from filter to the fish tank came lose.  My tank holds 100 gallons of water and feeds my Aquatubes.  Should this connection break down I would lose all my water and my fish will die.  BIG PROBLEM !!!!  I tried going without the filter for about 3 weeks.  Ph shoot up to 7.85 and smaller fish started to die out.

SOLUTION:

I have been reading about sugru on the MAKE blog site for some time.  I was unemployed at the time of their first release that sold out in 6 hours and was unable to order any product at the time.  I knew at that point I needed this product.  One of my objectives in attending the MAKER FAIR in May held in San Mateo, CA was to purchase this product.  Up to this point I only wanted to use it on a mission critical project.  Then my filter tubing system started to come apart on my 100 gallon system —  MAJOR PROBLEM.   Called for a creative solution.

Connection problem - works lose over time

My solution was  —  SUGRU  —  I had been holding onto my supply for the right application.  Here it was.

SOLUTION - to problem

Close-up of solution:

Close-up of solution

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Comments»

1. Pete - July 14, 2010

What material are the plugs made out of? Reason I ask is that Sugru doesn’t bong well to things like Polypropylene and it could come off in theory. If this is the case, you might be able to get around it by completely encapsulating both halves of the plug so the Sugru can get a grip on a bearing surface.

Just a thought.


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