# Fix plastic tub (leak) and resist applied forces

I hope I'm not too much off topic here. I'm hoping it can make sense as a mechanical engineering question.

There is a crack in the front of the tub of my front loading washing machine.

As you can see in the drawing #1, there is a weight attached right where the crack formed. Seeing the machine do the spin cycle, I assume quite a bit of force is applied, noted as F1weight and F2weight.

I'm thinking of putting epoxy glue but I think F1weight will destroy the joint.

What I think I should do, is put some kind of fiber with a high tensil strength into the epoxy glue. When it dries, the glue will fix the leak and hold the fiber in place. The fiber will be responsible of ensuring the integrity of the glue and resist F1weight.

I'm thinking something like glass fiber fabric that would sink in the epoxy?

Any idea what could be used here?

• Depending on the plastic, you could try solvent welding a patch over the crack made of the same material. You'd have to heat the patch up with a heat gun and bend it to the right shape first.
– Drew
Oct 5 '20 at 19:20
• Another option would be to seal it with a metal patch and some kind of adhesive/sealant. Then reinforce the patch by applying a metal band around the entire drum.
– Drew
Oct 5 '20 at 19:21