Easy Gasket Replacement for Farm Equipment

This technique makes for easy gasket replacement for farm equipment and will save you hours and make your equipment repair chores on the homestead easier.
By Sid Cowan
December 2000/January 2001
Add to My MSN

When you're changing the oil in your truck, tractor or roto-tiller, the drain plug gasket is sure to break or get lost.

Content Tools

Use this simple method for easy gasket replacement for farm equipment to make life easier on your homestead. 

Here's a situation that most all back-to-landers and farmers face at one time or another. When you're changing the oil in your truck, tractor or roto-tiller, the drain plug gasket is sure to break or get lost. You don't have to go to town for a new one with this technique for easy gasket replacement for farm equipment. Simply dig that worn-out leather shoe from the trash, place it, soft grain up, on a block of wood, and find a piece of conduit or even copper tubing the same size as the plug stem. Hammer a hole in the leather with the conduit (always the small hole first), then use a larger piece of conduit to cut the outside diameter. The leather will soak up oil, won't leak, and will outlast the original. This replacement will work for any gasket other than those for exhaust or manifold, and will even work for crank bearings.

Sid Cowan
Republic, Washington

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.