What is the best product to use to seal drivers.

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  1. Ken Lopata

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    What's the best product to seal airtight drivers and p.r.'s. Is there a precut 15" gasket thay will work with the HE15 driver and Lambda 15" p.r.'s, or do you not use anything and just screw the drivers down tight. Thanks
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    Hmm.. Audiomobile provides a silicon gasket with their drivers.
    What I have been using is the weatherstrip foam tape I just adhere to the enclosure so I can just pull the driver(s) on and off.
    I have tried Mortite, great stuff, but messy and a PITA to get off the driver, hence the move to the foam tape. There's also the sealing caulk that PE sells. Pretty messy too. But they all work.
    I hope this helps.
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    Madisound's foamtape works great. It's 1/2" x 1/8" adhesive backed. Price: $.15 a foot
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    Coincidence? I bought some 3/8" weatherstripping yesterday for this purpose.
    Patrick - Do you stick the w.s to the enclosure and leave the tape backing on the front side so the driver won't stick to it? What if you want to remove the driver in the future and both sides of the w.s. glue are used. You would have to remove all of it and get new w.s. when putting the driver back.
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    The secret is removable silicone.
     
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    Neil, the WS only has adhesive on one side, the other side is compressed, but doesn't get "sticky", so removing the driver isn't a problem.
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    If you use foam weatherstrip, use CLOSED CELL foam, not open cell. The closed cell foam is usually black and the open cell white. Closed cell costs more but works very well. I agree that Mortite (rope putty/caulk) works very well, but is messy when removing a driver later on.
     
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    Yes, I forgot to mention that about the foam tape. [​IMG]
    I am actually going to try to get some rubber gaskets made this time. I just need to find a manufactuer to do it. Would this be a grand idea?
     
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    Couldn't you just by some rubber sheet and punch the holes for the screws and cut out the rest with an Xacto knife?
    Industrial supply places like McMaster Carr
    http://www.mcmaster.com/
    have tons of different types and thickness of rubber sheet.
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    Yes, yes.. could do that! [​IMG]
    I am going there now and ordering some.
    TY for the info.
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