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There is nothing between the front of the gland and the back of the gland except the packing.
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Here is a good how to with pictures.......... http://www.diybob.com/diyPackingGland.htm
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Here is a good how to with pictures.......... http://www.diybob.com/diyPackingGland.htm
Excellent diagram. If someone hadn't casually mentioned cutting "rounds" of packing material (I use the Teflon type) and to stagger them at 90 or 120 degrees (depending on the number of rings), I would have just pushed in a complete spiral.

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That is an excellent diagram, and leads to one more comment from me -- everything I've been saying applies to what that article calls the "old style" stuffing box.
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So it seems to be working now. Not hot, just a little warm but still no drips. it cant go any looser. Im just going to keep an eye on it for a few days.
Thaks agaqin for the input. The only thing I can figure is I tightened it too much to start with?
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Interesting problem I had last month. Changed the packing in my Cat 30 in the water last year as we were leaving the boat for 6 months. I always tighten it fully to stop leaks while we are gone. Upon return, loosened the nut, started engine....no drips, warm to the touch. Loosened until nut came off, still no drips. Obviously overtightened without running shaft. Replaced packing, ran shaft...no drips, warm again. Loosened etc., no drips. Took out packing again (3 rings) and compared to some left from years ago. The socalled 3/16" packing from West Marine was larger than that I had used successfully before, also 3/16". So, put in the old stuff from the little supply I had left and...drips, adjustable, cool packing gland. My lesson I learned is that I will always keep some of the previous packing used and compare. The new stuff was simply oversized, hard to put in (a clue!), and did not allow the needed water lubrication. I will always compare a small piece of the "good" stuff with newly purchased. By the way, changing in the water was not a problem (in my Cat 30 anyway). Big stuff was very hard to remove (duh!) and bilge pump only went off once.
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