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Stuffing box Nut

Hey, I'm to undo my stuffing box nut, and she's on pretty tight, not to mention as per engineer's design, in a tight spot.

Do I have to have a wrench on the stuffing nut, as well as the lock nut? It seems that the shaft is moving a bit when I wrench pretty hard, and I wouldn't want to hurt anything , especially if it is as costly as a shaft...nor get the water coming in at wild rates !

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yes, you have to hold the packing nut with one wrench and the locking nut with another. If you line the wrenches up so the handles are close to each other, you can then squeeze them together, putting a lot of torque on them without putting a lot of torque anywhere else.
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Check out Maine Sails Web site for an excellent Tutorial.

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yes, you have to hold the packing nut with one wrench and the locking nut with another. If you line the wrenches up so the handles are close to each other, you can then squeeze them together, putting a lot of torque on them without putting a lot of torque anywhere else.
Yep, this is how I did it on our last boat. Best way if you can do it this way. Helps keep you from smashing knuckles in those tight places.
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