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Old 21-06-2011, 11:55   #1
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Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

Does anyone have any hints on improving the seal on a top loading fridge and freezer? The gap is too small for the standard hardware store rubber gaskets, and our holding plate quickly becomes covered in frost. (In our nearly empty freezer.)



I tried the very thinnest rubber strip from the hardware store, but it made the lid stick up. I'd estimate the gap to vary between 1/3 centimeter to 1/10th centimeter. The fact that it varies is a part of the problem.

I'm thinking about spraying the edge of the freezer with Pam, smearing grease or other non-stick and then applying a generous amount of silicone to the lid. Then I could wait until the silicone sets a bit and close the lid. Then I'd trim off any excess.

Does this sound workable? There has got to be a better way.

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Old 21-06-2011, 12:14   #2
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Re: Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

Try this place. Had an issue come up with my old ice box on previous boat. There was a gasket they had in stock, that I was able to make work. There are PAGES of different gaskets listed here, and they helped me over the phone also. (no affiliation, just past customer) Gasket, Door Gaskets, Refrigerator Gaskets, Refrigeration Gaskets at BARefrigeration.com
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Re: Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

Or, do what we plan to do, add a positive latch, a slide bolt, on the top of the lid to force it down on the gasket material and keep it closed.
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Old 21-06-2011, 12:18   #4
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Re: Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

If the gasket is a bit too thick and the door sticks up get a couple of good barrel bolts to hold the lids down. I just got a couple from Defender, same product (4" barrel bolt) less than half the price of WM.
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Re: Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

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Does anyone have any hints on improving the seal on a top loading fridge and freezer? The gap is too small for the standard hardware store rubber gaskets, and our holding plate quickly becomes covered in frost. (In our nearly empty freezer.)



I tried the very thinnest rubber strip from the hardware store, but it made the lid stick up. I'd estimate the gap to vary between 1/3 centimeter to 1/10th centimeter. The fact that it varies is a part of the problem.

I'm thinking about spraying the edge of the freezer with Pam, smearing grease or other non-stick and then applying a generous amount of silicone to the lid. Then I could wait until the silicone sets a bit and close the lid. Then I'd trim off any excess.

Does this sound workable? There has got to be a better way.

Regards,
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That was my original plan when I built mine...at the last minute I chickened out and went with 4mm self stick sort of hollow tube weather striping...it sucks...about a quarter of it came off.
So now my only hope is you being successful in you plan.
I say go for it Brad...I've got your back mate!
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Re: Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

Something like this may work even better:

Sea Dog Anti-Rattle Latch
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Re: Sealing the gap - top loading freezer

Just google door seal for your area. Then go down, and look at the seals. You will be amazed at what is offered at a store near you.........i2f
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