I have a nice halogen motion-detector light on the back of my house. At
least it was nice until the gaskets rotted allowing water vapor to touch the
halogen bulbs, and "poof".
Can one make new gaskets out of some material? Rubber sheeting? Something
moldable? I'd rather not replace the light for want of a gasket. The
manufacturer probably makes replacements but probably has a $10 minimum & $5
shipping charge for a 50 cent part, like most manufacturers.
This is Turtle.
Yes, Go into any auto parts house and ask for a sheet of gasket material. it
comes in a 12" X 24" sheet , rolled up and you just cut what you want. They
run about $3.00 to $10.00 depending on how big / thickiness , type material
[ rubber or Hard Fiber ] , and temperature rating. You can make a bunch of
gaskets out of a sheet.
Since you don't know, it may be best to give them a call and confirm that.
I needed a gasket for a water filter housing. I expected to pay as I
damaged the original. It was sent free of charge. Maybe this company will
The best way to do this is to use a tube of gasket sealer, Open the light
cover and put a complete ring of sealer around the old gasket area, then
take some dish soap or Vaseline and swear it on the inside of the glass so
that the gasket sealer won't stick to it. Close the glass lid 80%-90% of the
way, let the gasket sealer dry and then close it all the way. This will make
the gasket sealer dry in a nice flat surface and the extra 10%-20% will be
used to compress and make a nice seal.
DOES THIS MAKE SENSE, it sounded right in my head.
Most of the replies on here mention using things that will burn.
Especially cork. Thats why the original gaskets fail. it's the heat.
Halogen lights get VERY hot. Uisng a HI-TEMP hasket maker, like the
red-silicone sold at autoparts stores, should work. Whatever you use,
it must handle HIGH temperatures, or you will not only be gasketless
in a few hours again, but could start a fire. I had a portable
halogen worklite melt a large hole in a 5 gallon plastic pail once,
and the pail was several inches away. I'd call the manufacturer
first, otherwise use a HIGH-TEMP silicone. Halogen lites have causes
many fires if you check the news.....
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