View Full Version : I Need Gasket Help
02-20-2007, 09:52 AM
Replacing door gaskets has never been one my favorite things to do in this biz and I usually get through it without throwing a fit, but a little POS no-name pizza prep has stopped me cold at the git-go. I can't get the old one out to save my arse.:mad:
Here's the deal. It's a typical dart-mounted gasket set in a typical vinyl track slot and try as I might, I can't get the dang thing started to pull it out. I've tried starting at the corners and in the middle, carefully prying with a screwdriver, pulling with pliers, heating up with a heat gun, lubricating with silicon....all to no avail. It seems no matter what I try, it'll start to tear at the dart so I stop and move to another spot with no luck. I think possibly heating the whole door assembly in really hot water would do the trick, but I don't think Ms Icemeister would appreciate that grungy thing soaking in her bathtub.;)
I don't want to force it and get the dart stuck in the slot where I'll never get it out. Any suggestions?
02-20-2007, 05:43 PM
Replacing door gaskets has never been one my favorite things to do in this biz and I usually get through it without throwing a fit,
Who are you kidding? We know better.:)
I think possibly heating the whole door assembly in really hot water would do the trick, but I don't think Ms Icemeister would appreciate that grungy thing soaking in her bathtub.;)
Iíll reserve comment on this for a later date!;)
Years ago I used a gentleman by the name of Henry Cook. You know the type of guy, he made it look easy. RIP Henry. Anyway he had a set of picks like you would use on packing material. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didnít. If it didnít then he would just let it rip then pull it out.
02-20-2007, 06:08 PM
Two things come to mind..... Dental tool picks or a hook & pick set that are used on spring removal for drum brakes on a car or truck. And a hot water soak.
02-20-2007, 06:37 PM
Ive ripped one out that wouldnt break loose.. Pulled it till it ripped and left the bottom in the track and then pulled it with a hook set like mojo satated
02-20-2007, 06:51 PM
The wife's dental picks are off limits too. I may have to buy a set for this stupid job.:mad:
I'm getting close to throwing that fit now.;)
02-20-2007, 06:56 PM
LOL theres nothing wrong with buyin tools.. Plus there a writeoff :)
02-21-2007, 12:16 AM
i had to replace a gasket on a walk in freezer door one time. i thought "this will only take about ten minutes"....... one and a half hours later, i finally get the old gasket out! it was the dart type. i used my mapp gas torch to heat the gasket up and then needle nose and a flat blade screwdriver to get it out, but it was still a bi*#ch!
remember.......if it was easy.....women and kids would be doing it!
02-21-2007, 12:17 AM
02-21-2007, 06:50 AM
Petrified gray door gaskets? I try to remove the door and use the restaurants' can wash area and clean the entire door assembly with hot water.
The restaurants around here are supposed to have 130 F hot water.
The hot water will usually loosen up the gasket and the tracks.
I've learned that Bev-Air, McCall and Victory are the worst. I wish they would reformulate those gray vinyl gaskets so they don't harden up over time.
I like the black door gaskets a lot better, usually they don't petrify and they hide that nasty :eek: stuff better.
02-21-2007, 08:36 AM
The can wash is a good idea. I'll check that out.
....or maybe I could stick it in the pizza oven for a while.;)
02-21-2007, 06:11 PM
send job to company that does doors, i have no time to dick with gaskets, carry cards for door guys, write bill for minimum call, hand card to customer. all good
02-21-2007, 10:01 PM
02-21-2007, 10:01 PM
I hate gaskets. Hate em. I'd rather shovel horse manuer. :eek:
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