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    Custom door gaskets

    I had to order some custom door gaskets for a Stanly Knight make table, and as is with most custom door gaskets you have to shim the hinges to get the gaskets to seal poperly all the way around. However with this project as soon as I shim the hinges I get a gap on the hinge side of the door. Does anyone have any other tricks for getting custom gaskets to seal all the way around the door?

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    Use a hairdryer here and there. Heat up the material to make it fit.

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    Refrigeration Hardware Supply carries Stanley Knight gaskets.

    www.rhsc.net

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    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger93rsl View Post
    I had to order some custom door gaskets for a Stanly Knight make table, and as is with most custom door gaskets you have to shim the hinges to get the gaskets to seal poperly all the way around. However with this project as soon as I shim the hinges I get a gap on the hinge side of the door. Does anyone have any other tricks for getting custom gaskets to seal all the way around the door?
    The best way I have found to get gaskets to fit properly is to put them in a sink of hot water. This usually always work.

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    Lightbulb

    You need to first determine where the shim needs to be placed it is very common to shim walk-in doors once gaskets are changed...If you gasket is not sealing on the hinge side either use thinner shims or washers, or you installed shim in wrong location (ie. bottom instead of top or vise- versa)
    Also if your gasket is binding on the hinge side you need to shim door to correct before gasket is damaged...
    To determine where shims are needed open and close door and watch wall in hinge area ( top and bottom)you will see the door pulling the wall out in the area that requires the shim...
    Hope this helps
    Isn't sanity just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean, all you get is that one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, well, the sky's the limit!

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    I like to get the gaskets nice and warm under a heatlamp and then install them,. If they still are off a little bit take a heat gun on low and get the high spots warm (be careful not to melt them with the heat gun) close the door fully and alow the gasket to cool and form. Works pretty good for me....

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    I started soaking my gaskets in a hot sink. Now I leave my heat gun in the truck.
    I've heard about that forever but never tried it.

    Another trick I found: I use my old noncontact senser as a plastic screwdriver to push gaskets darts into place.
    If the superheat ain't right it ain't charged right.

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    Another trick that has worked well for me: food-grade petroleum jelly. A little goes a very long way.
    If the superheat ain't right it ain't charged right.

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    Soaking them in hot water makes alot of sense. Cant wait to try it. Ive just always used my heat gun. Ruined a few over the years.

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