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I have a pinhole leak in my pool filter. It is a SD80 tank. Can it be fixed or do i need a new tank?

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If it is only a pinhole it should be an easy fix. First dry the unit thoroughly, the drier the better. Then use superglue gel to patch the hole from both sides.You may wish to smooth the glue for aesthetics just make sure you leave enough so the glue can hold to the interior under pressure. The gel will dry overnight and is non-toxic. Larger holes or cracks would require a plastic welder or applying fiber glass.

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