Re: [vacpot] Re: What to do with a hard gasket
- Paul,I used to find those Duralux pots to make very good coffee. However as you mentioned the seals which are sort of an odd shape and almost always hard, simply don't hold the seal. It seemed like every time I would get the brew up to the agitating point it would turn loose the vacuum and the water would return to the lower pot.. If they would work right that sort of odd duckling looking pot would be a good one to have.I never found anything that really made the seals work once they were shot.Larry
From: pawilh <pawilh@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:51 PM
Subject: [vacpot] Re: What to do with a hard gasket
I've tried boiling a couple of hardened Nicro R101 gaskets I had, one to help deodorize it, with no luck in softnening either one of them. I did end up soaking one in some "sweet oil" for about 7-days with limited success. It seemed to stay soft for a few uses, then eventually turned hard again. (Sweet Oil is a pharmaceutical grade of olive oil, which can be found at any drug store in small quantities.)
Best thing to do would be to buy a small tube of "food grade" RTV (do not use standard/hobby RTV) from eBay and coat the old seal with a very thin layer.
The only concern in doing this though is that since the OEM seal has become hard you are going to be putting more stress on the glass at the joint when you connect the upper and lower together. The gasket was originally meant to give a bit--
I have a small Duralux I purchased earlier this year which is borderline "unusable" due to the seal being very stiff. It softens up a bit if I run it under hot water before I connect the upper/lower, but I am likely going to have to try making a replacement for it, or just shelve it.
Anyway, hope you find workable solution!
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> Hi all,
> The 6-cup glass Silex I bought from eBay arrived today.
> UW-4-6/LW-4-6 with P-251-A gasket.
> In general it seems in good shape, but the gasket is
> hard. When it was on the funnel I had no trouble spinning
> it around. It doesn't have any cracks, but it's obviously
> not going to create much of a seal if it can spin around
> that easily.
> Can I rejuvenate the gasket by boiling it?
> If so, do I boil it in plain water or do I add something
> like baking soda or vinegar or some sort of oil to the water?
> If attempting this would simply stink up a cooking pot,
> I think I'd just as soon order a new gasket from dayseal.com
> Anyone have any luck rejuvenating a hard gasket?
> Or would I be wasting my time?