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Refrigerator doors and gaskets

This is for all those annoying refrigerator door problems as well as gaskets. sometimes a gasket that might be allowing condensation to form on the inside of an old ref out in the garage can be remedied by applying a thin film of vasoline to the mating surfaces. if you have a door that just does'nt seems to shut. this is usually a bottom ref door you can take the door off and simply install a washer or two on the hinge at the bottom. usually one will do the trick. it is amaing what this will do for a door.
now when it comes to replacing that old gasket, remove food (do this when the gasket is ready to install) from box and turn box off for a few mins. it won't take long. look at your gasket and decide which is the best looking side to put at the top and to the outside. that done place gasket in a sink of warm water for ten mins. start by removing appr 3 screws in both directions starting at one corner. pull that much of the old gasket away and begin installing the new. take and few out. pull old away, install some new, untill your done. ok now your done and the gasket looks terrible. thats normal in most cases. relax. in the area where to gasket is far from touching the metal, take a paper towel tear in half and roll up and maybe tear in half again and simply tuck it under the deformed area. this will allow it to come closer to where it needs to be, put some vasoline around the gaskets mating surface. and push firmly shut. these gaskets have magnets and will help reconform the gasket to it's mating surface. i have personally installed hundreds of these and it will take a few days for it to get right. i have even had to put tape on the door to keep it shut. this gasket after a few days will start looking better and better. you will be able to remove the tape and vasoline. i would not be concerned with paper towels. they may eventually fall out. don't be in a rush to remove vasoline. it's time will come. turn your box back on. good luck. one side note: these gaskets are wadded up and crammed in a box and stuck on a warehouse shelve for years, so when you see how terrible they look when you get them out of the box don't freak out. this is normal.
now, what about repairing a ripped gasket on a box you don't really want to put any money into. usually it will be ripped at the bottom. this happens because tea and koolaide and such gets spilled and where does it go, straight to the bottom. it dries and when you open the door it rips. this area of repair needs to be trimmed and cut away. now clean very good. this is important. it would be best cleaned with acetone. you will need a sheet of wax cooking paper and couple tubes of silicone (clear or white)
apply silocone to area and a little beyond as it will be trimmed as needed after a day or so . place wax paper on metal surface that gasket mates to and push door shut. push bottom so as to allow silicone to conform to door. tape shut at the bottom non hindge side. do not open for appr. 24 hours. when you open remove wax paper and trim only if needed. apply a small amount of pam spray or oil to this mating surface. party on.

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