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    Angry Platypus leak!

    Platypus leak!

    I have a few Platypus collapsible bottles and they have served me well.
    The other day I had one filled in my everyday bag and the next day it was half empty with my bag wet and what not. The leak point is very tiny, like a pinhole size on the side of the bottle.

    So, what’s a good fix for that?

    I was thinking a small dab of silicone?

    What do you think?

    SMSP

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    They have a lifetime warranty. Send it back to Platypus, they should replace it. Heard of others who received new bags.

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    That happened to me on a 2007 hike with a 100 oz bladder. I used a tent repair kit. Don't know the brand name, just some thing that's been in my pack forever; looks just like clear tape.

    Still using that same bladder today, not just on hikes but when I'm on the treadmill.

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    The pinhole is so small that I doubt silicone will even enter the bottle.
    Any reason why I shouldnt use silicone?

    SMSP

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    You can try the siclicone, but if it doesn't work..


    Like I said, not sure what I used, but I'd be willing to bet any of these would work http://www.tapebrothers.com/Tent-Repair-Tape-s/344.htm

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    Playpus makes a peel-off patch about one inch square.

    Works on some air mattresses as well.
    Skids

    Insanity: Asking about inseams over and over again and expecting different results.
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    I have had 3(three) leaks in 4 different 2.4L Platys over the past 5 yrs and nearly 14 K trail miles. When the seals near the cap or the seams spring a leak I just replace by buying a new one. This has happened twice with the 3 that I've had leak. Curiously, those seams delaminated just after I had cleaned out the Platys with straight H2O2(hydrogen peroxide). HUMM!!! Have to send Platy a question! Cascade Designs replaced one of the Platys with the delaminated seam free of charge. The one pin hole leak on the side of the Platy I receved came from a joshua tree. I patched it with some duct tape. When I got to town used some 2 part epoxy made for hard-to-bond plastics like polyethylene. In hindsight, while the duct tape patch and 2 part epoxy worked to fix the pinhole it cost me nearly half the price of a new 2.4L Platy.

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    Also, try a clear pastic no glue bicycle patch for pinhole patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john gault View Post
    That happened to me on a 2007 hike with a 100 oz bladder. I used a tent repair kit. Don't know the brand name, just some thing that's been in my pack forever; looks just like clear tape.

    Still using that same bladder today, not just on hikes but when I'm on the treadmill.
    I've been reorganizing my gear this weekend and I found this in my pack http://www.campingsurvival.com/keklk.html; that's the stuff I used to tape over the hole in my platypus -- KENYON Klear K-Tape.

    Very strong stuff, I've also used it on my rain pants and jacket.

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    I had the exact same thing happen and a piece of duct tape worked great. In fact, I used the same platypus with the duct tape on other hikes afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer View Post
    Playpus makes a peel-off patch about one inch square.
    I have used and loved Platy Patches for several years. I am down to my last patch. I cannot find anyone who sells them, and the Platypus web site no longer mentions them anywhere.

    Do you have a source? I'd be very happy if you did.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcranky View Post
    I have used and loved Platy Patches for several years. I am down to my last patch. I cannot find anyone who sells them, and the Platypus web site no longer mentions them anywhere.

    Do you have a source? I'd be very happy if you did.

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    Hmmm...it has been a while since I bought my patches-probably 3-4 years.

    I bought them at an outfitter in Greensboro, Raleigh, or Winston-Salem. I travel a lot and that's about the best I remember. I've only used three out of the pack(platy, sil-nylon stuff sack, and Big Agnes Clearview pad)so I haven't had to look for any lately.

    I do have an alternative if you can't find any.. Go to a swimming pool store that sells above-ground or in-ground vinyl liner pools and ask for an 'underwater peel-off patch kit'. For that matter, you could probably google that for an on-line source. Those will work as well as the Platy patches or better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer View Post
    I do have an alternative if you can't find any.. Go to a swimming pool store that sells above-ground or in-ground vinyl liner pools and ask for an 'underwater peel-off patch kit'. For that matter, you could probably google that for an on-line source. Those will work as well as the Platy patches or better.
    Perfect, thanks.
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    Duct Tape. Gone 2 years with the same piece on a small cut on mine.
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manwich View Post
    Duct Tape. Gone 2 years with the same piece on a small cut on mine.

    Yup..........

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