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post #2 of Old 03-09-2012
Capt Len
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Re: Bum Steer - rudder gland question

The only similar experience I had was caused by using graphite packing.(made for the old steam valves and engine bits). I cleaned up the effected area, heated it with a torch and melted a hard glue gun stick onto the shaft and down the gap. While still soft got gland on. On another boat I drilled and taped a grease nipple into the tube just under the gland and pumped it full of --cable-- grease . All of this only puts off doing it right;surface weld and machine a new surface.I did that once with nothing but a welder,angle grinder and a belt sander.Worked well but I'd pay a shop rather than do it again. Just messin with boats.
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