leaking fountain - sealing stopper?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by chris fox, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. chris fox

    chris fox Member

    May 9, 2007
    near phoenix AZ
    I have a patio fountain that came with a large rubber stopper(2.5 dia x 1.25" thick) and a short roll of green colored putty on a roll. The stopper is tapered, a hole in the center and a slit for setting in the pump cord and light kit wire.
    I cant seal this stopper well enough in the basin to prevent the fountain from leaking. In additon to using the small amount of rolled putty I have tried to use silicon which has worked the best so far but still leaks(very little). So after several attempts with the putty and silicon I havent been able to get a perfect seal. I want to be able to remove the plug when I need to drain the water - so it cant be a permanent fix.
    Most silicon tubes do not recommend for underwater use, so is my current silicon seal short lived?

    Seems like an easy thing to do but...ideas/suggestions??
    - should I use another type of putty. Plumbers putty?
    - butyl rubber for sealing(which I can get in a tube @ Ace Hardware)?
    - a better technique for using the roll putty?
    - aquarium/marine sealant(but reads its meant for glass)?

    thanks for your help...
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    In the electrical department of a hardware store, you will find a block of heavy putty which officially they call "duct seal compound" but unofficially everyone calls it "Monkey S%*T". This will fix it.
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  4. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Aug 17, 2008
    Hand copper part cleaned ready to go
    Flagstaff, AZ Sitting on an upside down 5 gallon b
    Bulkhead fitting with a dollop of silicone¿
  5. chris fox

    chris fox Member

    May 9, 2007
    near phoenix AZ
    I like the idea of a bulkhead fitting but think I will still be fighting to keep a seal for the pump and light kit cord. But thinking a Heyco type connector might work.
    I will try the duct seal compound first and see what happens.

    thanks for the replies...
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