Price to replace=$29. 95 plus + $5. 05 PERTAINING TO S&H TOTAL $35.
Price to repair by using a mini-weld model 6 Airless vinyl welder. 3 welding equipment. 12 CENTS EACH, metal steel mesh. 15 MERE CENTS, 3 inches of fibers flex welding rod. 13 CENTS TOTAL COST OF REPAIR=. 64 CENTS.
WITH A PLASTIC WELDER, I USED TO BE ABLE TO SAVE $34. 36. best models
1) Work area
o Make sure work area is clean and well ventilated.
o Identify plastic- You have to really know what kind of vinyl it is. So that you can use the right plastic welding pole. In most cases there will be a symbol on the part that will tell you what kind of plastic it is, but in this cases there was no mark on part. We all works on this in step 3.
o Turn vinyl welder to preheat before going to step 2. This allows the plastic welder to heat up how you’re cleaning and setting up up the plastic planter.
2) Parts to be welded
o Clean parts with soap and water.
o Let dry or towel dried
o Set parts up for welding. If there are broken pieces try to put back together using tape to hold them until ready to welds. Try to be sure that the cracks are flat and even before welding.
3) Set the plastic welder to the correct high temperature setting for the clear plastic being welded.
o Since we don’t really know what kind of plastic we are working with. We will have to try different welded rods to see which will hold the best. PP and Fiber-Flex clear plastic welding rods held the best.
o So these are the rods I used for this repair.
4) Weld the plastic along.
o Using the edge of the welder go along the crack and make a groove.
o Use the PP welding rod load in the groove. Permit the heat do all the work don’t push it. Just melt the filler rod into the groove.
o If you feel that you’ll need added power at the weld you can use stainless metal mesh. Just heat the mesh up and the plastic will form around the mesh where you can’t see it.
o Don’t try to weld the whole piece at once. Just work on of a 1 inch to 2 inch at a time.
o If plastic gets to hot and begins to deform cool it off with water and start welding again.
5) The moment finished welding
o Turn the welder off and let cool.
o Let the welded part cool. You can use a rag with water to help cool it off faster.
o When part is cool. You are able to commence to finish the welds. I use 60 determination sand paper then go to 180 grit fine sand paper to make the plastic smooth.
o Now because the plastic will not match this is your option.
A) The part can be painted any color you want. Just get paint for plastic.
B) You are not able to see the part that is black because you’ll be adding dirt to this and this will cover it.
6) Allow the paint dry and commence using your grow container!
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