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Gasket Selection & Sizing
Gasket Installation
Gasket & Pipe Testing
Specifications & Certifications

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Gasket Selection & Sizing
How does HK’s engineering department determine which gasket I should be using for my application?
Can a single off-set joint be used as a substitute for a job that is specified ASTM C361? If so, what supporting reasons can I use to convince a specifying engineer to allow it?
Gasket Installation
I prefer to install the gaskets on my box culverts before shipping. How long can I leave them exposed to the elements before the gasket quality is compromised?
Sometimes I hear a popping sound when homing Superseal gaskets – is this normal? Will it affect the performance of the gasket?
I’m installing pipe in very cold conditions – do I need to handle the gaskets any differently?
Gasket & Pipe Testing
I’m having trouble passing hydrostatic tests – do I need a larger gasket?
How can I get joint tolerance and Go-No-Go gauge drawings?
What physical differences will I notice between regular rubber gaskets and oil resistant gaskets?
Why does it take up to 4 or 5 weeks to receive orders for nitrile/neoprene gaskets or connectors?
What is the life expectancy of rubber gaskets once installed in the field?
What are the primary uses for Nitrile and Neoprene gaskets and connectors? Can you explain what elements, soil conditions and chemicals require these materials?
Specifications & Certifications
Which ASTM Standards govern rubber gaskets?
How do I know the gaskets I receive from HK meet the required specification?
How long can I store my regular rubber gaskets before they can no longer be used?
How long can I store my Nitrile/Neoprene gaskets before they can no longer be used?
Why have gasket prices become so volatile over recent years?
Why are prelubricated gaskets more expensive than standard profile ones? Is it the process to make them?
Sealing the Deal Part One: Best Practices in Gasket Selection
In the first of this two-part webinar series, Hamilton Kent's Alan Siebenthaler discusses how to choose the right gasket for your application. This webinar covers how to choose gasket type, selecting a gasket for joint design, material selection and gasket standards.
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Sealing the Deal Part Two: Best Practices in Gasket Quality Assurance
In the second of a two-part series, Hamilton Kent’s Alan Siebenthaler provides an overview of ACPA QCast quality assurance criteria, as well as best practices in gasket care, gleaned from Hamilton Kent’s many years in the business.
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