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Old 03-23-2016, 10:14 AM   #15
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I like the idea of the tabs better than using tiny torque values. The tabs measure gasket compression, which is a more consistent method of creating uniform pressure around the perimeter of the seal. Torque values, especially small numbers on large-diameter bolts, can be skewed significantly by debris in the threads or damage to the threads themselves.
I agree.

What I plan on doing is reading the torque value when it reaches that 5/8" height, and if it is very low, like less than 20 or 30 in/lbs, I am wondering if I should add another white gasket in there to increase the torque, or if I should shop for a gray, denser gasket.

Where can I get those? When I was looking for this one, I only found white ones on ebay and in my local parts house. I never came across the gray one other than the one I just removed from the trailer.

I would MUCH rather have one of those heavier ones.

I guess I could buy that material from a hardware store and cut it at angles to fit....

I may stop at Lowe's on my way home today and see if I can find that denser foam in the correct thickness and width.

Sorry if I am running this into the ground. We are moving to Oregon, and may end up in a VERY wet environment, and I don't want to have to deal with this again in the near future when it starts leaking. I want to make sure it is done correctly the first time.
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:33 PM   #16
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OK, update. Found a gray gasket, a bit more expensive, but that denser foam. Bought it. Also found 3 of my 4 rubber tabs.

Snugged it all down to 20 in/lbs in an X pattern, then did X pattern at 40 in/lbs on the WHITE gasket, since it was already installed and it is starting to rain, with strong storms expected tonight.

Well, using one of those measuring tabs, it was pretty much perfect on all sides.

So, since I have the white one installed, and also have a gray one still in the box, should I mess with swapping the gray one in after the rain blows over, or will the gray one hold up better in the long run?

BTW--40 in/lbs is pretty tight! Maybe because the 1/4" drive is only 8" long or so, you feel it like it is heavier than it would be with an 18" long ratchet?
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