A few times a year I need to replace a thin rubber gasket of some sort.
It's often quicker and easier and cheaper to cut a rubber gasket to fit
than it is to order the parts, especially since I'm 20 miles from the
nearest hardware store.
I used to use old car and truck tire tubes for scrap rubber, but they're
hard to come by nowadays I think (at least I haven't *seen* them in a
What do *you* use for your scrap rubber gaskets?
Amazon has rubber gasket material. They also have tractor inner
What about bicycle inner tubes? Walmart. My dad used to use FormAGasket
but I don't remember off hand exactly why. And motorcycles still have tubed
|A few times a year I need to replace a thin rubber gasket of some sort.
| It's often quicker and easier and cheaper to cut a rubber gasket to fit
| than it is to order the parts, especially since I'm 20 miles from the
| nearest hardware store.
Home Depot sells sheet rubber. Probably most
hardware stores do, too. I'm not sure what's
available, but I remember buying something like
a 6"x8" piece awhile back. I also keep a collection
of plumbing washers.
That, exactly. Go to a tire shop that deals with large trucks or ag
tires instead of passenger cars and they'll probably have a number of
old ones in the discard pile they'll give you (altho even trucks have
gone to where a lot are now tubeless but I'd expect they'll still be
enough to not be too much of a problem altho I've not had to go get a
newer one for probably 10 yr since an 18.4-38 tractor tire tube will
yield a _lot_ of small patches!!! :)).
Oh, and you might try the Bandaq retreader rather than the new-only
On Sat, 6 Aug 2016 18:23:37 -0500, Danny D. wrote:
Thanks for all the flexible advice, which I followed to the letter.
To that end, I picked up a two-gasket set of 1/16th inch 6x6 "rubber sheet
packing" material at Home Depot for around $2.50 a sheet.
Home Depot didn't have anything larger than 6 inches square, so, for the
larger sheets, I found a "memo magnet" which was just about the same
thickness but which is 8"x11".
In hind sight, since it cost about ten bucks for those three sheets of
rubber, a car tire tube would probably have been cheaper and longer
lasting, so I'll look around to see if I can find one in stock at the
If you look new, you'll probably be shocked... :) As said, go to the
truck/ag shops; I'd say odds good you'd be able to get a freebie or at
least for a pittance.
For the future, look for industrial gasket-supply houses locally; not
all will sell "over the counter" but bound to be one or two that will;
the place here (this is _very_ small market, yes, there is only one)
will beat those box store specialty-type selections hands down and give
you a much wider selection of materials, to boot...
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