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Old 03-07-2014   #1
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ammo, rocket, dryboxes, coolers and gaskets

What is the going theory on the storage of these? Store them closed up with the gasket compressed or open and uncompressed?

I would say the same goes for coolers, dryboxes and anything with a gasket?

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Old 03-07-2014   #2
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I try and store them open, without the gasket compressed. This helps against memory in the gasket material, keeping it thicker and "squishier", which seals better. I also avoid storing them in an outside garage, for it gets quite cold during the winter here in the great northwest, which can deteriorate or weaken the gasket.

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Old 03-07-2014   #3
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I leave my dry box and cooler unlatched but closed and my ammo cans open with lid askew. It has to be better for them to be open
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Old 03-07-2014   #4
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Store them open and hit them with 303 at least once a year.
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Old 03-07-2014   #5
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Keep in mind that those ammo cans have been in storage for 50 years with their lids closed. It probably doesn't matter anymore but couldn't hurt to leave them open. As far as coolers, be careful. I've stored them with the lids propped open by the rope handles flipped in. The lid warped and only closed tightly in the center. Over time in the sun it returned to normal.

I like to store things inside my drybox that I wouldn't want mice getting into so it stays closed.
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Old 03-08-2014   #6
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Occasionally I have had condensation in some of my boxes when left closed so I always store them cracked open. Ditto on leaving them open to keep the seals in better shape too!
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Old 03-08-2014   #7
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Depends on what your manufacturer uses for gaskets. On my dryboxes they use a special gasket with no memory and says you can leave them latched permanently with no affects. Warranty sheet also says unaffected by environmental heat or cold, And it says apply no products to the gasket. My boxes have the full boxed lid construction though.

If I have gear in them I just leave them latched and not drawn down so my stuff inside breathes.
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Old 03-08-2014   #8
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Absolutely store them open. I just prop the lid open with a piece of cardboard. Any material that is going to provide a watertight seal can develop memory. And it helps keep out the funk. I do this with my pelicans too.
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Does anyone know where can you buy replacement gaskets for 20 mm rocket boxes?

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