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If the packing flax is new, I don't think you have "killed" it yet. Usually the flax becomes packed out after several years of use after it been saturated with water, gook, and such and continuously tightened to adjust it. My guess is that you really would have had to crank down on it to pack it too much, I mean really crank on it.
How many turns are you doing on the packing nut before you get it to feel snug? One turn, two, three, more? If you doing more turns than say 2 full turns (two once you start engaging the threads), then you probably need more packing in there. If you don't have enough packing, you maybe swagging the nut to the metal gland and not using the packing to make the seal.
If you want to, try this: Remove the packing nut all the way, place your finger in the nut and feel for the packing. If you can easily feel it without pushing your finger deep, you should fine. If you can't and need to put your finger in deep, try adding another ring.
Also, it may take some time for the packing to seat, swell, and seal. SB's that have been dry for several months while sitting on the hard, often take a few hours to to seal up. When I splashed last year, my box leaked alot, like a pint or two a minute. After about 15 minutes it was a thin stream of fluid, and a few hours later it was about 10 drips minute. I didn't do anything to the SB over the winter, so what you may be seeing is just the natural swell/seal time, which maybe longer for new material.
Other than that, I am out of ideas.
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