Rated 2.8 out of 5Â by 11
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by pidjones There are much better by other vendors
We purchased two packages to reinforce a patch made with a similar product from another vendor. The Rectorseal, with only 48" of very loosely woven glass cloth is really only enough to do a 1/2" pipe. In addition, it became very tacky within 2 minutes, beginning to rip the inadequate Latex gloves provided. Luckily, I had put hem over a pair of good nitrile gloves. The other product set as predicted over a 15 minute period permitting continuous tightening of the wrap. The Rectorseal patch was unworkable after two minutes. The plastic spool inside the wrap caused it to unroll poorly and gives another piece of trash that is contaminated with the epoxy to dispose of.
September 7, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by TwinAdventure Works well
I used one roll to repair a pinhole leak in a pipe from our steam heat system, so it isn't a water pipe. There was a lot of steam and hot water escaping, though. When I returned from buying the product, I realized the pipe was bigger than the size this package was supposed to fix, but I went ahead and used it. I followed the instructions carefully, and it was easy to use. The patch is still working after several months.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by MarkV Can't complain
I noticed a puddle next to my house where the water supply line leads into the house. In short, I had some sort of leak, the extent and nature needed to be determined.
My house was built in the 1920s so I've got really old everything, including plumbing; the pipes are galvanized steel. I've known for years that I need to repipe my house so I knew I may have to deal with a leaky pipe sooner or later.
Anyway, I shut off the water at the meter and started to carefully excavate where the leak was. Sure enough, the pipe had corroded through. The hole was a slit starting at the joint and extending about 1/2" below the joint on the side of the pipe. Water was shooting out like an open faucet; no wonder I had a huge water bill. I will be getting the repipe job done as soon as possible. In the mean time, I really need to mend this pipe.
I got this patch system because it's more adaptable than any other system to mending a pipe with an uneven surface. So, I cleaned away any loose rust with a wire brush. I didn't want to try to "go down to bare metal" because I was not certain that there was enough un-rusted pipe left for that. Did I mention these pipes were really badly corroded? I believe my pipes consist of more rust than metal. The surface of the pipe was very uneven and deeply pitted, much like the moon's craters. The best result I hoped for from this or any patching process was a constant mild dribble.
The epoxy patching material in the kit was insufficient for the area I needed to patch so I used a sizable hunk of drinking water safe epoxy stick to form my initial patch and waited for that to cure.
Reading about the brief working time, I prepared myself accordingly. The moment I dunked the tape in water, I started counting, "1 1000, 2 1000, 3 1000..." and quickly wrapped the tape around the pipe, epoxy patch, and joint fitting. Just like other commentators have stated, the working life is rather brief; about 2-minutes. Nonetheless, I got it fully wrapped up and squeezed and tightened just as the instructions said. Once it was set, I let the whole thing fully cure for over an hour.
Given the condition of my pipes, I opened a faucet near the patch then slowly turned the water back on at the meter. I didn't want to shock my pipes with a sudden increase in water pressure. With the water flowing, I slowly turned off the water at the faucet then evaluated the effectiveness of the patch. Expecting to see one or more streams of water pouring from between the patch and the cratered pipe, I was delightfully surprised to see that my expectations were exceeded.
The leak has been reduced to a drop every two seconds. Compared to how bad the leak was when I started and the condition of the pipe, I consider this a success. Expecting this $11 kit to completely stop this leak is completely unrealistic. My only other option would have been to dig up the main service line and lay fresh new pipe. Other than all the labor and expense, the problem with that solution comes with the removal of the old pipe from the connection at the side of the house. Remember that the rest of the pipes are just as old so the stress placed on unscrewing 90-year-old joints may likely cause breakage of another piece which will lead to more time without water service and...
In summary, I am completely satisfied with this product and I will be getting estimates for a repipe job to be done within the next couple of weeks.
August 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by JT64 Waste of money
Despite the bad reviews, I bought it anyway.. Dumb me. The resin catalyzed much too quickly to provide reasonable working time. I was only able to apply maybe half the recommended # of wraps before it hardened.
January 1, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by Daniel STOP!!! DON'T DO IT!!!
Don't do what I did and waste your time and money on this product. It didn't work. If you can't fix it right yourself call a plumber. After I went to all the trouble to try this product I ended up replacing the pipe anyway. Can I give it negative stars?
June 8, 2012