Originally Posted by slowmachine
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.
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.