I have a similarly built one and I used o-rings internally to help seal/seat the pipe that goes through the cooler wall. It's actually got four o-rings internally (actually inside the wall, around the pipe), then the seal that came with the cooler on the inside wall, and another o-ring sealing where the external washer hits the outer wall. It doesn't even seat all that tightly, but it seals fine. Might be worth a shot. Otherwise I'd suggest going to the hardware store and figuring out how to make a better seal than what you've got.