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Old 05-09-2015   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Neck gasket repair form

Hey all, I'm needing to replace the neck gasket in my NRS drytop. I have NRS's repair kit and I'm comfortable doing the repair (I've replaced other gaskets). My problem is finding something to use for a form. I've searched the site and I don't want to use a balloon.

NRS suggests something that is round and 9.5-10" in diameter. I'm hoping to find something around the house to use and I don't want to buy a block of mini cell like they suggest (I'm hoping I'm not doing this on a regular basis!). Any ideas? What have you used? Thanks.

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Old 05-09-2015   #2
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I've used both a road cone and a glass (pickle?) barrel.

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Old 05-09-2015   #3
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I have a minicell form specifically for this purpose that you are welcome to use, but I'm out of town until Monday.
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Dap one gallon container is a bit bigger then 10 inches (might be 15").

Or cut a foam back roller down. They are usually longer then you need.

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I used coroplast (corrugated plastic) from an old political yard sign. Glued up 2 layers and cut out according to Neck Gasket Repairs WITHOUT Kokatat's Gasket Repair Kit / Neck Gasket Repairs WITH Kokatat's Gasket Repair Kit from page: Kokatat | Instructions I had spring clamps.

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Old 05-09-2015   #6
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Football works great
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Old 05-09-2015   #7
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I have one I made out of wood you are welcome to use. In in centennial.
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Old 05-09-2015   #8
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Thanks for all the replies and especially the offers! I've never seen it done the Kokatat way. It seems like it might be difficult to situate everything properly?

I came across this in Home Depot today: Ariana 12 in. Round Capri Breeze Plastic Planter, 465121-1001 at The Home Depot - Tablet. For $6 it tapers gradually to the right diameter in the middle. I wear L/XL gear and my wife wears S/M, so this will be nice if/when we have to replace hers.
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Old 05-10-2015   #9
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I've done it with and without the Kokatat kit and recommend making a kit. It's easier and, for me, resulted in a better job. No matter how you do it, you need to be careful and it's nice to have a friend handy to help align the parts.

It's an IR piece and you can part with it then send it to IR. In the past IR would replace all the gaskets for about $50 - the price of the gaskets. They do a great job but it'll be gone for a while.
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Old 05-10-2015   #10
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some of the older dry suits had a tapered neck and that works great on a traffic cone

many of the newer dry suits have a flat neck and the kayak academy kit works great on them

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