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Old 14-04-2015, 10:21   #1
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Lid insulation for refrigerator

I have a refrig and freezer. I have replaced the foam type stripping on the lids. It seems to end up with gaps at the corners or junctions or pulls loose. I read about someone using silicone to make a seal. They put down a line of silicone, covered it with wax paper and then closed the lid to attempt to make a form fitted gasket.
I am open for ideas and suggestions.
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Re: Lid insulation for refrigerator

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I have a refrig and freezer. I have replaced the foam type stripping on the lids. It seems to end up with gaps at the corners or junctions or pulls loose. I read about someone using silicone to make a seal. They put down a line of silicone, covered it with wax paper and then closed the lid to attempt to make a form fitted gasket.
I am open for ideas and suggestions.
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I have heard that and have seen it done, not on a fridge lid but other applications and it seemed to work.

However, what is the lid and the contact area made of. If fiberglass I am a bit nervous about using silicone on the glass since the silicone oils from the caulk soak into the fiberglass and it is difficult to ever get anything to stick that spot, even more silicone.

I purchased ribbed weather stripping from Home Depot with sticky back and put strips on the box and the lid. Each strip has double, parallel ribs and I glued them on so the ribs overlapped and interlocked. Made a great seal.

On the corners I cut 45 degree joints like a picture frame and have no leaks at the corners.

Checked the whole top with a handheld laser temp gauge and could find no cold spots at all.
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Re: Lid insulation for refrigerator

We cut strips of neoprene off of an old wetsuit, and contact cemented and stapled them at the corners. It adhered wonderfully to the wood trim around the edges of the lid.
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