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Old 06-09-2009   #1
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where to go for dry top repair?

Can anyone tell me where in the Denver/Boulder area I can take my dry top to have the neck gasket replaced? thanks.

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Old 06-09-2009   #2
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I would call, a lot of times they are pretty backed up with replacements and can take a bit.

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Old 06-09-2009   #3
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Originally Posted by lindazco View Post
Can anyone tell me where in the Denver/Boulder area I can take my dry top to have the neck gasket replaced? thanks.

this vid shows how to do it pretty good
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Old 06-09-2009   #4
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It looks like Alpine Sports up in Boulder is going to have a gasket repair demonstration on Thurs:
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Old 06-09-2009   #5
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ain't as easy as it looks in a demo. Arts and crafts folks are probably better than me but I used to glue my ears to my head as a child and ruined a pretty good drytop once.

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Best gasket repair I've had done (I've used Golden River Sports, CKS, Stohlquist, and Kokatat) was Golden River Sports.

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Old 06-09-2009   #7
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I cut a couple of half circles out of styrofoam to make something almost identical to what's sold in this kit:
Neck Gasket Repair Tool Kit
Used lotsa el cheapo clamps from harbor freight, aquaseal and attached new gasket to the old one and it turned out great (ie, it does'nt leak). The process in the video is way more elaborate.

The problem with having a shop do it is'nt the cost, $25 labor is'nt bad for the amount of time it takes, its not having your drytop during peak paddling season for however long it takes for them to get to it. If you do it yourself its ready the next day. I also wish there were a cheaper source for gaskets, $30 for the rubber gasket seems kinda steep...
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Aqua seal and a new gasket will do the trick. Sometimes a coffee can or similar to hold the neck open helps.
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Old 06-09-2009   #9
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I recently had mine replaced at Alpenglow, after calling Golden River Sports and being told it would take 3 to 4 weeks. Alpenglow had told me they could have it ready in a couple of days...although it took a bit longer due to some confusion, (they did reduce the labor cost by 50% for me because of this). It looks like they've done a good job, but as my first neck gasket replacement I don't have much to compare it with. I still stay dry, so I guess that's a good sign. Alpine Sports informed me they do not replace them when I called. As Kayakfreakus mentioned, call around and see how backed up the shops are before dropping it off.
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Old 06-09-2009   #10
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Boulder Sports Recycler will do it for 65 bucks. 30 for parts, 35 for labor. I dropped it off, he did the fix that evening, let it dry for 48 hours and I picked it up. Did a good job too as I am staying dry! Hope that helps.

Edit to add:
This was tuesday after memorial day that I droped it off.

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