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  1. fisheromen

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    Maybe I can save someone a headache! The right bladder on my Cumberland developed a slow leak that was not valve related. So I pulled the bladder, soaped it up and found a pin hole. Patched it, all good! No! Still went down over night. Soaped it up again and found another pin leak. Completely different area but I noticed that this one corresponded with my storage compartment. I ran my hand inside as I would for a bike flat. I felt a slight *****... like the point of a hook! DOH! I sometimes throw un-protected lures in the side pouch when I change baits. There is no reinforcement inside the compartment. I had gotten away with it for 8 years. My luck ran out. At least it did not cause me trouble on the water. Headed to the dollar store tomorrow in search of containers to put in the compartments.
     
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    Have you tried the clear gorilla tape for repairs btw? It works awesome. It’s all I repair my tubes with now.
    Never had your problem but pin holes from fish spines and thrown hook from a rag one time.
     
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    same thing happened to me this past week hahah like the second leak and all lol and I'm pretty sure it was from a hook point too
     
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    I bought some peel-n-stick PVC patches. They work well and were cheap.
     
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    Shoe Goop. :emoji_upside_down:
     
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    All those work great. I was very impressed with pvc vinyl gorilla tape. You get a lot of footage on a roll. I keep a roll in my tube and vehicle. I have had a 100% success rate and have even sealed seems with it. A lot of sticky surface area.
     
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    I taped a fender with that (temporarily.. yeah right) and the tape separated form the adhesive. I was left with just goo!
     
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    Like a boat fender?
     
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    Like a car fender. Someone backed into my wife's Highlander and broke the joint where the fender meets the bumper. The tape was to stop it from flapping in the wind. Did not look too bad because the tape was clear. But alas!
     
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    Soooo, you learned that loose hooks tossed inside your float tune saddlebags are bad, and plastic containers (old pill bottles, etc) for your hooks are good. Well done, Ace !! :emoji_joy:
     
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    BTW: A good way to find a small pin hole leak is to pump your tube up and then at the area where you suspect the pin hole is slowly move the surface of the tube next to your lips which is a sensitive area and you can feel the air. :emoji_kissing:
     
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    Maybe why it’s says it’s for vinyl and PVC on the label lol. I thought you meant a boat fender that holds air. It works really good sandwiches between the float tube shell and bladder.


    I second pill bottles, also coffee mate creamer bottles with red lid for bigger baits. Also the Walmart water mixers that are like crystal lite make really good bait containers with lids
     
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    Just don't go more than 65mph in your tube and it's good to go!
     
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    Wow..I can't believe you got away with it for 8 years!! I've been careful to not even let a size 24 dry fly get loose in my compartments! I'm sure the first time I do, it will blow the whole thing up!
     
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    Those crystal light style containers are good for holding big hardbaits.
    But some soft plastics begin melting immediately when they touch the container, and are a gloppy mess in just a few hours. So don't chuck all your used baits in there together......."I'll just rinse these when I get home."

    Learn from my mistaCKes....I seldom do.
     
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    Lol i use those same containers for Alabama rigs
     
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    That works for the bigger leaks and is usually the 1st thing I try. For the slower leaks, I mix up Dawn and antifreeze with water in a spray bottle to make a leak detection fluid. The antifreeze adds viscosity which allows the bubbles to last longer and grow larger before popping. Glycerin or table syrup should work instead of antifreeze too. Don't remember the ratios I used but you can find some formulas online, look for DIY leak detection fluid or DIY soap bubbles.

    https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/the-two-best-homemade-soap-bubble-recipes

    Seam leaks are best fixed by applying glue on the inside of the tube. Shoe GOO or Amazing Goop work for that. Tear-Aid tape is really strong and waterproof although I prefer to fix leaks from inside if possible.
     
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    This may be a dumb question, but how do you get inside the tube? BTW as for detection, I just spray with Windex.
     
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    I have a Fish Cat tube, they provide a tool to remove the valve and there is then an opening >1" in diameter that you can dab glue thru. I don't know if other tubes can be accessed this way or not.

    Windex works too but the bubble solution mentioned makes longer lasting bubbles, that can be very helpful with a slow leak. Sometimes I am on the water at Barrett from 5 am to 7 pm, doesn't take much of a leak to be a problem then.
     
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    That is why I carry a 3' length of 3/4" OD tubing. It fits tight in the Boston valve and just a puff or two keeps my tube afloat with a slow leak. Also comes in handy when cold water causes air pressure to drop.
     
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