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#573361 - 03/25/20 04:37 PM Animal chewed hole in boat lift air tank  
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Autojock2002 Offline
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Canton, Kentucky
We had a new boat lift installed last spring. It’s an
AirLift consisting of 3 large black poly tanks and is a side
mount onto the dock. Worked Awesomely for about
2 months, then one day I looked out and the boat was
in the water! First thing I asked my wife if she had lowered
the boat? No she had not, so I thought well one the neighbors
was messing with me! Nope nobody did it so on further
inspection we could see little bubbles trickling up with the
lift out of the water. Pushed the boat off the lift and there it
was plain as day something chewed a hole on the top of
the black poly tank closest to the front of the dock! Any
Suggestions on how to Repair it?!? Thanks!!

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#573364 - 03/25/20 06:57 PM Re: Animal chewed hole in boat lift air tank [Re: Autojock2002]  
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Flex Seal?
In all seriousness, how big is the hole? It's probably going to take some Plastic welding since the tank is going to need to withstand some pressure and I doubt silicone sealant would hold.

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#573366 - 03/25/20 07:36 PM Re: Animal chewed hole in boat lift air tank [Re: Autojock2002]  
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Autojock, welcome to BABC. That really sucks, and another problem as large as the hole in the tank is how are you going to prevent the little bugger from coming back and doing it again?

I'm thinking a motion sensor attached to some kind of siren or horn and a light might work.

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#573368 - 03/26/20 12:36 AM Re: Animal chewed hole in boat lift air tank [Re: Autojock2002]  
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Is it one of these?

If so, I can understand because I owned one for over 15 years. Worked like a charm.

It takes some special glue and pre-treatment to learn how to repair small and particularly large holes. Contact the builder. They have kits that they can send you. Tell them what size is the hole and they will decide how much material you will need. Kits also include the glue and detailed instructions, which you must follow.

Unlike some other types of lifts require more air pressure, if I remember correctly, the Air Dock runs on about 3 PSI. But, you must glue things right.
I have no idea what animal would have bothered to get into such a place just to chew it.

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#573369 - 03/26/20 11:49 AM Re: Animal chewed hole in boat lift air tank [Re: Autojock2002]  
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Welcome to the forum. Nice to see a new face. Think i'd start with the manufacture & go from there. What kind of boat do you have on the lift? Pictures are always a big hit.

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