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Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/09/2010 21:42:33 MST Print View

Hey, I can't seem to find the Platypus patch kits, nor does a search yield an answer here on BPL (though I'm sure its buried here somewhere).

What is best to repair a hole in a Platypus bladder?

Edited by T.L. on 03/09/2010 21:43:04 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Best way to repair a platypus on 03/09/2010 21:46:30 MST Print View

Buy a new one!

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Best way to repair a platypus on 03/09/2010 21:47:01 MST Print View

D'OH!

In the field smart a$$! :-)

Edited by T.L. on 03/09/2010 21:48:24 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Best way to repair Platypus on 03/09/2010 21:57:39 MST Print View

All kidding aside-- I have used duct tape before in the field but it did not last that long.. REI should have Platy patch kits. Would Sil-net work if it was a small enough hole.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Best way to repair a platypus on 03/09/2010 21:59:30 MST Print View

Travis,

Off hand, the only things that I can think of is duct tape or maybe some seal sealer, if you have some in your repair kit.

I do have some of Platypus patches and they are not water tight, depending on where the leak is.

At home, I am going to see if some clear silicon caulking thinned out will make a decent lightweight patch.

-Tony

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/09/2010 23:07:34 MST Print View

tenacious tape

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/09/2010 23:53:11 MST Print View

I tried googling for the patch and they really have disappeared! Strange...

Edited by ben2world on 03/09/2010 23:56:06 MST.

Lori Pontious
(lori999) - M

Locale: Central Valley
Re: Re: Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/09/2010 23:57:18 MST Print View

I used leukotape on a Camelbak and it held for the duration of the rest of the trip (bout a week). Or so the guy said - his pack stayed dry. Duct tape seems to slide off hydration bladders. But I think I would take a leak as a sign of deterioration unless it was a puncture... and get a new bladder.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
sleeping pad patch? on 03/10/2010 00:32:11 MST Print View

Thanks everyone. Would a patch from say, a Big Agnes Air Core affix itself to the Platy plastic? I may have to do a test on that.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/10/2010 08:31:04 MST Print View

If it's "manufacturer defect" - failing at a crease, leaking around the outlet, delaminating - just send them back. No RMA needed.

We send in several at a time to save on postage.

Brian Vogt
(slickhorn) - F
superglue on 03/10/2010 13:08:27 MST Print View

works great for me. a small bottle is very light and can be used for many purposes.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: superglue on 03/10/2010 13:09:30 MST Print View

Brian,
do you use it with a piece of patching material, or just the superglue by itself, say, for a puncture?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/10/2010 13:10:13 MST Print View

"We send in several at a time to save on postage."

You make it sound like these failures are routine! Are they?

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Best way to repair a Platypus on 03/10/2010 13:16:09 MST Print View

Oh, for the record, I don't have any with a hole in it. I just need to be prepared for such an occasion on the trail.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
I found them on on 11/14/2010 18:00:58 MST Print View

thebikeshack.com for $1.99. Haven't ordered yet. But seems a great deal. I will use them for patching a BA Clearwater sleeping pad. I may also try some clear duct tape I have. It is plastic and has no cloth, so it would probably work too.

ERIC PAYNE
(vaporjourney)

Locale: Greater Gila
re: platy repair on 11/14/2010 20:47:05 MST Print View

a combination of superglue and duct tape seems to work pretty well for me. But really, all repairs are just putting off the inevitable leak from seams, which is a free replacement thru Cascade Designs...