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Old 01-21-2019, 06:01 PM   #1
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Decided today to replace a defective circuit board on my Atwood GC6AA-10E water heater with a dinosaur board. After checking the mounting holes decided that new holes needed to be drilled, but should be no problem since the case is insulated from the tank. WRONG- the case was tight against the tank and I now have a hole through the aluminum tank - SO - I have now attempted a temporary repair with a stainless screw, rubber washer and silicone. Anyone have any thoughts on this? As a final insult I discovered after the fact that I could have just reversed the mounting plate and used the original mounting holes. Some days!!
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:15 PM   #2
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Take it out or take the whole camper to a welder that knows how to weld aluminium.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:42 PM   #3
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I would think your repair is fine. Give it time and see if it leaks.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:54 PM   #4
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I have heard that JB Weld works really good in a lot of situations.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:08 PM   #5
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I am letting the silicone set for 24 hours before I put pressure to it. Hopefully it will get us through the next couple of months before we get home. Then I probably will remove the tank and have it welded. Either that or replace the tank. Either way it will be a PIA.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:56 PM   #6
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Hmmm let’s think a repair on a pressure vessel let’s see how well this can end. Would I chance it nope I’ve made too many pressure vessels go boom on purpose and seen many that have failed not on purpose
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:22 PM   #7
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Leave the screw in, remove the silicone and JB Weld to the rescue.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:37 PM   #8
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Agree with the JB Weld I have fixed lots of stuff with it and no problems.
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:33 AM   #9
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Don't beat yourself up too much. We've all done (or will do) our stupid something. All we can do is hope it's something that won't cost us too much (in repair or hospital bills).
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