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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 6:25am
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SJM Said:

Should I coat the boiler gasket with the RTV sealant?  Before I slip it into its slot?  Or put it into the slot and then fill in around it?

Posted June 5, 2007 link

Susan, this may be too late anyway, but...

The gasket was designed to be used without any kind of sealant.  And the RTV sealant could probably be used to make a gasket if you didn't have one.  But I don't think the sealant would really improve the gasket.

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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 7:01am
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Thanks guys, that's just what I wanted to hear.
I guess I'll go ahead and put her together with the gasket and without sealant and see if she holds.  If not I can always go back and add sealant....
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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 2:26pm
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JR Said:

Susan, this may be too late anyway, but...

The gasket was designed to be used without any kind of sealant.  And the RTV sealant could probably be used to make a gasket if you didn't have one.  But I don't think the sealant would really improve the gasket.

My $.02 (USD)

Jack

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Howdy Jack!
I've been using RTV sealant with & without gaskets & o-rings for years. I lay a bead of the RTV in the o-ring groove, put the o-ring in place, then lay down enough sealant that I can spread a thin layer over the mating surface. I do this to prevent metal to metal contact between the aluminum & brass boiler halves. Does it stop corrosion? I'm not sure, but I've opened boilers after three years & they've been remarkably clean - attributable to my maintenance processes most likely - but the buffer between the different metals probably didn't hurt. YMMV

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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 2:59pm
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Hmmmph, coulda used this input before I put her together, but on the other hand, as Taj would put it:

Betcha' goin' fishin' all o' da' time
Baby goin' fishin' too.
Bet yo' life, Yo' sweet wife
Catch mo' fish than you

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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 3:44pm
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Hmmmph,

be damned!

Since it'll have to be done over anyway, mistakes can always be rushed into production. Quality takes a bit longer to complete the first time... wait there is only the first time if the job's done right.


    ARGH!

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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 4:05pm
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or, in other words:  "There's never time to do it right; There's always time to do it over."

So....it's only 3 bolts;  guess I'll take it back apart NOW rather than later....
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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2007, 5:22pm
Subject: Re: Taking apart my Orange Italian Baby Gaggia
 

SJM Said:

Hmmmph, coulda used this input before I put her together, but on the other hand, as Taj would put it:

Betcha' goin' fishin' all o' da' time
Baby goin' fishin' too.
Bet yo' life, Yo' sweet wife
Catch mo' fish than you

Susan

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Speaking of fishing! We ran into a school of 50 - 60 lb tarpon on Monday. We were busy as hell for an hour or so. Even small ones like this can give you a work out. We're hunting marlin, buy couldn't pass up the fun. And there's no way the Ol' Ball & Chain is going to out fish me!

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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2007, 2:22pm
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Okay then, the boiler is back together again, with the RTV sealant.
Now to see if I can get the silicone tubing back onto the OPV valve...

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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2007, 2:32pm
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Fingers crossed for ya Susan! {;-)

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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2007, 2:52pm
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Thanks, Craig....
better you than me....
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