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    How to patch pinhole on hydration reservoir?

    I just got a brand new Hydrapak Selva and the reservoir had a pinhole in it. Got it from Jenson USA and they are sending me a replacement bladder at no charge and let me keep the defective one. Since the hole is pretty small I'm thinking of trying to patch it so I can have it as a reserve. Anybody done this before? The hole is big enough to cause a trickle but not that big that it's spewing water. It's literally a pinhole, can't even really see it that well except for the water droplets coming out.

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    I've never had any experience with this, but since it is only a pin size hole. I'm guessing just a dab of silicone glue would patch it up. Once its dried up its actually flexible. Though I don't how it will hold up with the plastic material that Hydrapak uses.

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    I never repaired one, but I would try a patch kit for an inner tube. Or maybe one that you would use to repair a raft or an air matress.

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    Water bed mattress patch.

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    Do you have a bike tube repair kit?
    There you go.

    I'd probably get some heavy duty clear tape, and cut a small circle out of it. Helicopter tape would be ideal. Clear packing tape should work. If it is a circular patch, it will be less likely to crinkle up at the edges.

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    Super glue plus duct tape.
    Hell, just super glue ought to work.

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    Throw it away.

    It is broken. Broken when you got it. Save the mouthpiece. I use Camelback bladders for about a year or two (4 days a week). then toss 'em. I Clean it once every 2 months or so. New ones are worth $25 you pay for them. TOSS IT

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    I would worry about chemicals leaking into the water you drink. I would use aquarium glue. If it's safe for fish, then it's safe for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    It is broken. Broken when you got it. Save the mouthpiece. I use Camelback bladders for about a year or two (4 days a week). then toss 'em. I Clean it once every 2 months or so. New ones are worth $25 you pay for them. TOSS IT
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    hold on to it, and send it to hydrapak for a replacement bladder a year later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    I would worry about chemicals leaking into the water you drink. I would use aquarium glue. If it's safe for fish, then it's safe for you.
    Ha,ha maybe for you but not me. I hold myself a little higher on the totem pole than a fish. No matter what glue or patch kit or silicone you use is it worth stressing out on, if the chemicals are being ingested through the water you drink. NOT for me I vote on the "toss it" suggestion.
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    A dab 'o Show Goo would do the trick, but the tire patch should work. Ditto on the water bed patch. With a pinhole sized leak, your exposure to chemicals would be negligible.
    Not saying you ought to abandon the old hydration bladder, but I really like the new CamelBack bladder. Several major improvements made it worth the $$ for me:
    Divided bladder; water does not slosh
    The cap is now very, very easy to tighten and equally easy to remove, which makes my arthritic hands very, very happy--no more titanic struggles to open it up. An easy quarter twist and you are done
    The drinking tube now detaches/reattaches easily to the bladder. Makes it so much easier to take the bladder out to fill up, without being tethered to the pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Ha,ha maybe for you but not me. I hold myself a little higher on the totem pole than a fish. No matter what glue or patch kit or silicone you use is it worth stressing out on, if the chemicals are being ingested through the water you drink. NOT for me I vote on the "toss it" suggestion.
    DJ i agree with the toss it suggestion as well- but as far as the aquarium glue goes...he had a good point. it would probably be the best choice, if you absolutely HAD to fix it.
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    I've never once cleaned out my camelbak... in 4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    I would worry about chemicals leaking into the water you drink. I would use aquarium glue. If it's safe for fish, then it's safe for you.
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    I've never once cleaned out my camelbak... in 4 years.
    That's kinda scary if you don't freeze it. I have never cleaned mine either but that's because after each ride I leave a small amount of water in it and throw it in the freezer
    This keeps any bacteria from forming.
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    Weld it with a dab of PE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
    Do you have a bike tube repair kit?
    There you go.

    I'd probably get some heavy duty clear tape, and cut a small circle out of it. Helicopter tape would be ideal. Clear packing tape should work. If it is a circular patch, it will be less likely to crinkle up at the edges.
    Are you suggesting to reinforce the bike patch with heavy duty clear tape or clear tape? Or are you saying to use the tape if I don't have a bike tube repair kit? I do have one. Thanks for the suggestions and especially about making the patch circular. I read about that too, that patches with corners will tend to lift up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by laztpn0i View Post
    I've never had any experience with this, but since it is only a pin size hole. I'm guessing just a dab of silicone glue would patch it up. Once its dried up its actually flexible. Though I don't how it will hold up with the plastic material that Hydrapak uses.
    Upon close inspection it wasn't actually literally a pin sized hole. Or maybe it was then it got a bit bigger because of the water flowing out of it. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion, I didn't know what silicone glue was. I will probably try a bike patch or a water bed vinyl patch first because of the size of the hole but I'm glad I heard of silicone glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    A dab 'o Show Goo would do the trick, but the tire patch should work. Ditto on the water bed patch. With a pinhole sized leak, your exposure to chemicals would be negligible.
    Not saying you ought to abandon the old hydration bladder, but I really like the new CamelBack bladder. Several major improvements made it worth the $$ for me:
    Divided bladder; water does not slosh
    The cap is now very, very easy to tighten and equally easy to remove, which makes my arthritic hands very, very happy--no more titanic struggles to open it up. An easy quarter twist and you are done
    The drinking tube now detaches/reattaches easily to the bladder. Makes it so much easier to take the bladder out to fill up, without being tethered to the pack.
    I actually have a Camelback Consigliere and I do love the bladder too. I actually bought the Consigliere and Hydrapak Selva at the same time because I could not decide which one I liked better. I liked the reversible, super easy to clean bladder of the Selva but the Consigliere is a better pack, in that it's bigger, looks nicer and more durable. The Selva though is more lightweight and seems to be waterproof or at least water resistant. I have another back pack that has a similar material and when it rains, the contents of my bag are kept dry (as long as the pack is on my back and the back panel is not exposed). Anyway, I gave the Selva to my sister because she's 12 and she was very amused about having a bag with a straw. LOL I can still take it away from her if I wanted to use it for a day hahaha.

    Anyway, JensonUSA sent a replacement bladder and were kind enough to send me the more expensive bladder with shape shift. Basically, the same as the Camelbak Antidote bladder with the middle baffle. I don't know why Hydrapak just doesn't equip all their packs with their new "Shape Shift" bladder. It's annoying. I wish they did what Camelbak did and just equipped all the new packs with the new Antidote bladder. Anyway...

    The Camelbak bladder seems more durable but it's harder (not hard but harder than the Hydrapak) to fill and clean. The Antidote bite valve is way better too. But as I have read in one thread, just replace the Hydrapak bladders with a Nalgene bite valve (or Camelbak) and all is well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Magura View Post
    Weld it with a dab of PE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose View Post
    Super glue plus duct tape.
    Hell, just super glue ought to work.
    This could be the most ghetto suggestion so far. LOL But duct tape is awesome. I prefer the cleaner look of maybe a bike patch or water bed vinyl patch but if those don't work I will probably try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtsideup View Post
    Two scoops of Stans and shake er' around.
    Seriously? I haven't done tubeless but do you really think this would work? I'm not very familiar with how sealant works but I think I get the picture... but if this would work it might be the cleanest way to go..

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    Yeah I'm not worried about the chemicals. It's such a small hole that it would be pretty negligible. And I think that if the glue is already all dried up it wouldn't seep into the water.

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    Looks alright!


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    K, it's not holding. I tried to rough up the surface of the bladder but it's not really doing it. I'm afraid to get aggressive with roughing it up because I might poke more holes or weaken it.

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    Toss it

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    I would try a waterbed or pool patch. Any vinyl patch should work
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    Just use a vinyl pool-toy patch kit. They're made to hold under water.
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    Stan's sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattC555 View Post
    Toss it
    Sorry but that's not a suggestion on "How to patch pinhole on hydration reservoir". Please reply again when you have a possible viable method of patching it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douger-1 View Post
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    Seriously buy a new one
    I don't need a new one. I have a perfectly good Camelbak. This came with my Hydrapak and I've gotten a replacement already from JensonUSA but they said I didn't need to send back the faulty one. So I really don't need to spend more money for another bladder. This is just for fun and since the bladder isn't totally ruined and seems like it can be fixed. Why waste money when I can fix it? And I'm not worried about chemicals due to the size of the hole.

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    Yeah I think I'm gonna try the Vinyl Patch. It's not the water issue that's making it come off. The inner tube patch is just not holding I think mainly due to the surface type of the bladder and that I can't really rough it up too much. Anyway, I might just try Epoxy glue with the same rubber patch if the Vinyl doesn't work.

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    Vinyl Patch not working. I feel like it's just because I'm not roughing up the surface enough for fear of tearing right through the rubber. I might try some really sticky clear tape. Someone suggested Helicopter tape. We'll see how that works.

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    I've patched a couple small leaks in bladders before using Park glueless patches. The bladders are still holding and are still in service.

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    I had a similar leak with a CamelBak bladder. I used 100% silicone glue, and it's held for a couple of years now. I think you can even get kitchen-safe silicone sealants, which hopefully minimizes any chemical leaching....

    I think I used this: Walmart.com: Dap 00684 Dow Corning Clear Silicone Rubber Sealant: Sealants, Fillers & Adhesives
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    Jon the OP so what's the hold up? It's obvious you're dead set on fixing it. There are numerous suggestions on how to patch it. And It's been what a week now. Have you tried anything yet? Wouldn't it be less hassle to just toss it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Jon the OP so what's the hold up? It's obvious you're dead set on fixing it. There are numerous suggestions on how to patch it. And It's been what a week now. Have you tried anything yet? Wouldn't it be less hassle to just toss it.
    Have you read the entire thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    I've patched a couple small leaks in bladders before using Park glueless patches. The bladders are still holding and are still in service.
    There's a number of bad reviews about this product not holding up but that may be due to inadequate prep. I'm curious to try this because it seems like you use sandpaper to rough up your surface instead of the metal grater thing that is supplied with most patch kits, and it has a pre-applied adhesive on the patch. On the other hand, I might just try roughing up with sandpaper first and patching with my current patch kit and see how that goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbird72 View Post
    I had a similar leak with a CamelBak bladder. I used 100% silicone glue, and it's held for a couple of years now. I think you can even get kitchen-safe silicone sealants, which hopefully minimizes any chemical leaching....

    I think I used this: Walmart.com: Dap 00684 Dow Corning Clear Silicone Rubber Sealant: Sealants, Fillers & Adhesives
    Did you just put a glob of glue on the hole and let the glue harden to form a seal?

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    DAP Products - Silicone Sealants - DAP® Household/Aquarium Adhesive Sealant

    says it's food safe. if truly a pinhole, a dab should work. if the hole is bigger than that, you will need to reinforce it with a patch. anything that sticks to silicone will work.

    keep in mind, silicone does not stick to all plastics. sometimes you need a special adhesive depending on the type of plastic you're working with. those will not be food grade. otherwise, wrap it in duct tape and use it until it dies.

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    I'd definitely go with a tube (like water tube) patch kit... those things can work wonders!

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    Most bladders are made of polyurethane as are waterbeds. Try the waterbed patch kit as AZ.MTNS suggested a week ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon777 View Post
    There's a number of bad reviews about this product not holding up but that may be due to inadequate prep. I'm curious to try this because it seems like you use sandpaper to rough up your surface instead of the metal grater thing that is supplied with most patch kits, and it has a pre-applied adhesive on the patch. On the other hand, I might just try roughing up with sandpaper first and patching with my current patch kit and see how that goes.
    *shrug* I've always had excellent luck with the Park glueless patches, and they're all I use now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon777 View Post
    Have you read the entire thread?
    Apparently not, but it seems to me that there is still talk of how to do it. Reading every post of how sounds like too much work. Can you give me a quick rundown on the latest. What have you tried anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OGWGFIWRT View Post
    Most bladders are made of polyurethane as are waterbeds. Try the waterbed patch kit as AZ.MTNS suggested a week ago.
    And I did as I mentioned 23 hours ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Reading every post of how sounds like too much work.
    If two pages is too much for you to read, I don't know why you are a member of a forum..unless it's just because you want to say something without thought to what has already been said before. There's a reason it's called a discussion board. And you never learned "skimming" when you were in high school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon777 View Post
    If two pages is too much for you to read, I don't know why you are a member of a forum..unless it's just because you want to say something without thought to what has already been said before. There's a reason it's called a discussion board. And you never learned "skimming" when you were in high school?
    Hey now! just joking with you a little. And yes I'm slightly lazy tonight, enough so to not read through the whole thread. Sorry if that offended you. Carry on with your week long "how do you patch" discussion. I was just hoping you could of given me a quick overview of your progress but I guess that was too much to ask for.
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