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Moisture is accumulating on top of the freezer due to a small crack. is it safe?

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Its safe but will be a pain
if you have a small crack in the liner
you can buy white tin tape and get a good seal again
but if you willing to deal with it
and wipe it down alot
you will be fine

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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