OK, I surrender. Dry suit neck gaskets rip on a regular basis for me. I am freaked out about putting the dry suit on and even more about taking it off. That is because the neck gaskets constantly tear.
I have a giant head and the gasket doesn’t like to stretch over my paws that pull the rubber up and over my “Elephant Man” sized skull. Can you imagine if you needed a giant condom and it broke all the time.
So, I had to come up with a creative dry suit gasket repair scenario. I thought, why not save the broken condoms, I mean gaskets and use them to repair the next ripped neck rubber.
Here is what I did the last time the next decided to freak out after a few times wearing it. Instead of taking the damaged gasket off the suit and replacing with a new one again and again and again, I cut a strip out of an old gasket I saved.
I have used duck tape sort of successfully on many occasions on both the neck and wrist gaskets. But the seals are not all that good.
So, I though, the next time this puppy rips, I am going to try cutting a strip out of an old gasket a couple or so inches wider then the tear. Then prep the two pieces with cleaning, sanding, and applying glue.
When the glue was ready on both pieces I laid and pressed them together. Worked like a charm. The only problem was where the bulge on the lower part of the neck gasket curved. Just needed to slip some more glue in the little space.
So far so good. Took the dry suit out and paddled around for several hours. No problems putting on the suit and no problems taking it off.
Over all this process was easier and quicker and cheaper then replacing the entire gasket every few paddles.
In regards to the wrist gaskets I found that the clear deli containers I get fresh ground peanut butter in from a local co-op work GREAT as a form to attach a new gasket. The containers are stand size and commonly found. The wrist gaskets on my suit are large so they might not work for dwarf paws. Using the deli containers worked out perfectly.
Also, I use a small propane take as a form when putting on a new neck gasket.
Next I am thinking of gluing velcro strips on the neck gasket when it splits. I would like to see if I could put the suit on with the split gasket and then see what kind of seal I could get with the velcro.
I shall see. If and when I ever get around to doing that I will report back. As if anyone ever reads this garbage.