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sand hole

I have an elderly lady with a steam boiler approximately 20 years old. Has a drip from the center section looks like a sand hole. I remember when I was young the old timers using boiler seal. Does anyone know could this be a lasting repair?

   If not is it feasible to replace a section on something that old?


  • Rod
    Rod Posts: 2,067
    JB Weld ?

    Being a homeowner I have no experience with boiler seal how ever you might consider using JB Weld which is a high temperature epoxy available at most auto stores. It's rather "Mickey Mouse" but might be worth a try. Grind/ scratch a bit to get to bare metal.

    - Rod
  • Al Letellier_21
    Al Letellier_21 Member Posts: 402
    leaking steamer

    there are lots of commercial boiler sealers out there and it may be worth a try....as a temporary fix. JB Weld is also just a patch job and there is no really good or safe way to permanently patch a boiler....As to replacing sections.....depends on what kind of boiler and if the sections and nipples/gaskets are still available....good luck
  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,253
    As said all repairs would be temporary.

    Do yourself and the lady a favor and replace the boiler. If she is short on funds there are places that can help her finance or even give her grant money. Where is it located? Someone may have a more specific place to ask for help for her.
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