Leaky bladder...

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  1. carpkiller

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    Remember that time you bounced a lure off your tube and heard Napoleon Dynamite...."LUCKY....it didn't poke a hole?"
    Well.
    It did.
    Just took a few trips to develop into a slow leak. Can't find the leak though....
    After hauling my floppy tube out of the bay today I pulled out the bladder...overinflated it and dunked it in the bay til I found the hole.
    Went home and found the patch kit and manual...huh. No instructions. Checked the caddis website. Nyet.
    How hard can it be?
    20180902_182806.jpg So the kit has patches, glue, and little plastic straws (??).
    I know what straws are for..i'm from the seventies. Traded some old magazines to a neighbor kid for some Adderal. Chopped and snorted it....now the patch kit made sense.
    Scuffed up the bladder w scotchbrite...spread the glue on it...stuck a patch on.
    So. How long to cure before I can reinflate?
    Thanks in advance.
    CK

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    That's hillarious. Thanks for the laugh. The vulcanizing glues allow for immediate use. Road Bike tire repair experience stuff from my end. Check the bike shops for some nice repair kits.
     
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    From what I remember you should have let both sides dry before putting them together, like contact cement.

    An alternate use of those straws is patching seam leaks.
     
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    Getting less funny all the time! ;)
     
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    Smear a glop of Shoe Goop on small pinholes and it works. Also if you don't have access to water to check for a bubble trail take the area (fully inflated ) where you think the leak is and run it back and forth around the area of your lips and you will feel the air coming out.
     
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    Or squirt with soapy water.
     
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    Nothing beats aquaseal for a tube repair..
     
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    Yeah...had no clue where the leak was....and spent a lot of time spraying water on the likely spots: along the seams, around the valve, the two spots that got gored by oysters and tore the cover. When I was down dunking the bladder in the bay, and finally found the tiny bubbles seeping square on top of the left arm of the bladder....that was when I flashed back to the LUCKY moment.
    There's still a leak...had to add air once today. Gonna put a plastic hose in the boat so I can add air without having to beach it.
     
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    3/4" OD for Boston valves. I carry 3' of clear tubing. I beveled one end to slip in the opening easily.

    Does the final cap on the valve still have a rubber washer in it? If not the cap will leak.
     
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    How long to cure? No idea.

    How long to re-inflate? As long as possible. Mine easily could have been good to go the following day, but I waited a full week. Can you afford to wait a handful of days?
     
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