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Thread: Contact Cement vs. Water Proof Grease ?

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    Contact Cement vs. Water Proof Grease ?

    Need to replace the spider gasket on a Hayward Vari-Flo. When I picked the new gasket up at the local pool store the clerks all agreed that I should use contact cement when installing the new gasket (I say all because I questioned the first guy when he said this).

    I really don't like the idea of 'bonding' or 'glueing' the gasket in the valve.. I mean, what happens next time I need to replace the thing??????

    So, I've seen instructions on the web recommending a 'water proof' grease be used.

    Does it matter?????
    20K gal, vinyl, 1 1/2 HP pump, 24" sand filter

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    Re: Contact Cement vs. Water Proof Grease ?

    I hope our expert "waste" will be along soon (or one of several others) but I am with you.....I DO NOT like the idea of permanently attaching a replaceable gasket. I will use the grease if I ever need to replace mine
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    Re: Contact Cement vs. Water Proof Grease ?

    Lots of things work. Even super glue will still allow you to get the old gasket out, though it does takes a little more work.
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    Re: Contact Cement vs. Water Proof Grease ?

    Contact cement would not be permanent. Is is more like rubber cement, which would hold the gasket in place, seal it, but allow it to peel off it needed to be replaced. It is only permanent on porous surfaces where it can penetrate the materials.
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