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Patching Hole In D.W. Tub?


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#1 AlexM

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:29 PM

Dishwasher with hole in tub. A knife or utensil went throught the silverware basket, touched the heating element and melted a hole in the bottom/side of the tub, has anyone successfully patched a D.W. tub? If so, how?

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:01 PM

What brand and model number???
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:04 PM


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:11 PM

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:11 PM

I used 3M 5200 Marine epoxy on a shattered plastic washer tank about 5 yrs ago ... still going strong. Also used it below the waterline a number of times on my boat and it's still floating. Not sure how it would do with the heating and cooling in a DW, but seems to be OK with the hot water in a washer, so I suppose it should last. If the hole is really big, tape a piece of plastic or something to the underside and then apply from the top. That will give it something solid to set up on. Allow to cure for 5 days ... 7 is better (experience speaking here. lol.)
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:23 PM

If the hole is not to big, It can be welded. I have used a soldering iron to weld cracks in plastic. There is plastic welding kits with filler rods. It takes a little practice but can do fine job. Good luck.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:08 PM

Both are excellent suggestions...how hot does a heating element get in a D.W. anyway?

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:14 PM

The water usually reaches somewhere between 120 and 140 deg. After that the element will be cut out by a thermister or thermostat. There are some 'sani' cycles that attempt to get hotter, but I've seen few that got much over 150. There is a water buffer between the element and the tank, so I think the water temp is more important thing to know.
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