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  • Cork Gasket under Headstock Cover

    I would like to remove a cover from the top of a Jet headstock to inspect
    for casting sand and manufacturing swarf, but I am wondering what
    the prospects are that a cork sealing gasket may be damaged during
    removal.

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  • #2
    50/50 unless the gasket is no longer available then 100%.

    You could use silicone gasket for a replacement or to repair a simple tear in the cork.

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    • #3
      >> 50/50, unless the gasket is no longer available, then 100%.

      Ah, one of life's universal truisms.

      It has been a good day. I think I'll leave well enough alone for tonight.

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      • #4
        I've had good success on two accounts, it seems that gasket serves more to keep crap out then the oil in.

        Agreed, late night is not a time to "start" much of anything.

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        • #5
          It's really just a swarf blocker. A replacement can be quickly made with a sharp blade and a sheet of gasket stock, or as mentioned, the original repaired with a dab of RTV silicone. Have a look, scrape your sand, repair as required, and move on my man.

          Paralysis by analysis.
          Last edited by dfw5914; 05-17-2010, 02:27 AM.

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          • #6
            Tap and cut

            If its just to keep most of the oil in and all of the "shop gunk" out, then make a cardboard gasket - "Manila" folders - as used in older paper file storage cabinets is just fine.

            "Tap and cut" it out with a small ball-pein hammer - holes if necessary can be cut out or finished with a "wad" punch.

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