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post #15 of Old 06-28-2008
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I'm informed it's possible to replace the packing gland material in the water. One method I read about is to tightly tie a cut-open bicycle inner tube around the end the water would come in when you take the nut loose. Another is to place some rolled-out silly putty in a sandwich bag and stuff it in there. One of my club mates told me not that much water would come in while you were doing it, anyway, so if you've got the nerve, just let it flow .

Obviously you'll want your new packing material rings cut in advance and you'll want to make sure you'll have on-hand all the tools you'll likely need, incl. a good selection of picks with which to get the old material out. I only needed a right-angle pick I picked up at a local tool store, but I had a whole selection on-hand, incl. a set of dental-tool-like picks, just to be sure. (I did mine while the boat was on the hard--prior to spring launch.)

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