I'd point out that if you're using a traditional stuffing box, regardless of the packing material, and it isn't DRIPPING...then you've overtightened more likely than not and are probably scoring the shaft. A traditional stuffing box NEEDS WATER as a lubricant, and if it isn't dripping at least a little bit, especially when the shaft is turning—it is probably running DRY. Even the GFO Goretex packing material REQUIRES SOME WATER PASSING THROUGH IT.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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