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Rutland ROUND Gasket - ooops or not

Smoking ColesSmoking Coles Posts: 230
edited 4:01PM in EggHead Forum
First of all, I don't want to make this a debate about is the Rutland safe or not. I just have a simple question. I just installed a Rutland on my large (from memory which apparently isn't very good) and went to read the installation guide on Whiz's site just to see if I missed anything. Well, I missed the biggest piece of the puzzel. I bought and installed the ROPE type gasket instead of the flat type. I have already used Permetex Ultra to adhere the gasket and don't feel like having to take this off and do it again. Has anyone else installed the Rutland Round and if so, did it work correctly or have I wasted my time and money? Thanks for any feedback

Comments

  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,744
    sorry, but I strongly recommend removing that round rope gasket. Even though you may think it compresses it is actually wearing the glued side against the "free" side and will deteriorate.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,715
    Seems like there are two types of Rutland rope, hollow and solid. The solid is round, actually looks like rope and doesn't compress much. The hollow rope is quite "tape-like". I used it on my mini because it was all I could find that was narrow enough.

    Mine has been on since last fall and it looks pretty much like the 5/8" tape I have on my large. I love it!! Here's what it looked like right after installation...

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    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Thanks RRP. Since it's installed, I will probably see how it works and report back to you guys. It is the hollow rope style that Carolina Q is talking about I believe. We'll see what happens I guess. If I need to replace, I'll read your instructions first lol. Thanks again.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,715
    Well, mine has lasted six months with absolutely no sign of deterioration. That's about 5 months and 3 weeks longer than the original felt gasket lasted. hahaha

    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Thanks Michael, I think I'll just give it a whirl as installed. Maybe I'll have the same good luck as you with the rope. Thanks again for the input.
  • I can't even get the flat stuff around, but every hardware store has the rope!
    I've held off on replacement because of that.
    What's the debate on "safe or not"....Guess I missed that one.
  • Email RRP. He'll hook you up with the flat gasket. Easy Breasy!
  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 460
    I wonder if you could tease the rope out of the center of the gasket - like pulling the tie out of sweat pants?
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,744
    and the reason you would want to do that is...?
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 460
    RRP wrote:
    and the reason you would want to do that is...?

    To end up with a flat gasket. The round gasket is just a flat gasket with a rope running through the center.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,744
    why not just start with the flat braided gasket in the first place?

    The point I am trying to make is that a rope gasket is like the letter "o". Now flatten that "o" and the bottom of it gets embedded in the adhesive, but the top half does not and therefore can flex and rub against the secured bottom part of itself and deteriorate. When it deteriorates the fibers can break and become airborne. Soooo why not just start with the flat braid in the first place? It's really not that hard to find!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 460
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Are those the same airborne fibers that will cause cancer? :huh:
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,715
    Ron, I guess there may have been some flexing in the beginning (Sep 09), though it just seemed like a nice cushion to me. I gave it no thought. Just now, I checked on the little bugger and there is absolutely NO flex at all. Zero. It actually seems harder and more solid than the tape on my large. Still seals and cushions, but it does not flex.

    The reason I didn't use the 5/8 tape in the first place was because I didn't want it hanging over the edge. When I tried to stretch it to match the mini's wall thickness, I had to stretch so tightly, I saw no way the Permatex would hold it in place. As far as I know, Rutland doesn't make a tape narrow enough for the mini.

    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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