Welded Repairs- Is it worth it?
Plastic is everywhere these days and many plastics can be welded. It can be handy to know that you may have a choice to repair something if it breaks rather than just replacing it and sending it to landfill.
So how can you tell if a plastic can be welded and is it worth the cost. Here are a few pointers:
- Many parts such as vehicle bumper bars, motor bike fairings, water tanks and so on often have an alpha code on them somewhere. In the case of bumpers and fairings the code is usually on the underside and the part would have to be removed to find it. Common alpha codes include PP, PA 66, PP/EPDM, PP/PC, HDPE, PE, and ABS. All these plastics (and others) can be welded. Some plastics cannot be welded however if you can find that alpha code and ring your repairer they should be able to tell you over the phone if it can be. The other simple way to check is for the repairer to do a test weld.
- Items such as bumper bars, fairings, canoes and kayaks and water tanks are expensive to replace and, unless the damage is beyond repair it is usually worth fixing them. For example consider the cost of replacing a large poly water tank. A 5000 gallon (23,000 litre) tank usually retails for around $3000. If you needed to replace it not only are you up for the cost of repair but other costs may include removing the old tank, dumping fees and plumbing the new tank in. The total cost can quickly escalate so, even if you have to spend several hundred dollars to have the existing tank repaired you would still be a long way ahead. The thought of sending plastic to landfill should also be considered from the environmental perspective.
- On the other hand something like a broken rake or a child’s toy worth $10 or $20 certainly would not be worth fixing.
- Items commonly repaired by Plasweld include:
- Chainsaw housings
- Water tanks from caravans
- Water cartage tanks
- Large household water tanks
- Bumper bars
- Motor bike fairings
- Canoes and kayaks
- Diesel fuel tanks from trucks and tractors
- Poly boats
- Ride on mower covers
- Council and school playground equipment
- Truck header tanks
Let common sense prevail but if in doubt give us a call.
Plasweld offers a mobile plastic welding service to Bendigo, Woodend, Macedon, Melbourne, Echuca, Shepparton, Castlemaine, Maldon, Ballarat, Kyneton, Lancefield Romsey, Maryborough and most suburbs of Melbourne.
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