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Re: stuffing box de-packed several questions before re-assembly

Rhapsody -- I'm with MiTiempo on this one. The patina you see is quite normal, and unless you've got dezincification issues, the box is probably fine.

Be careful using the PB Blaster around anything rubber, since it'll eat it for lunch.

If you're determined to replace the box, think about investing in a dripless system like the PSS. We are really pleased with ours.
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Re: stuffing box de-packed several questions before re-assembly

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Rhapsody -- I'm with MiTiempo on this one. The patina you see is quite normal, and unless you've got dezincification issues, the box is probably fine.

Be careful using the PB Blaster around anything rubber, since it'll eat it for lunch.

If you're determined to replace the box, think about investing in a dripless system like the PSS. We are really pleased with ours.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll get a couple wrenches to work on this and see how things go. I'll look into PSS another time but will plan to repack to be sure its update is current.

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Re: stuffing box de-packed several questions before re-assembly

Hello all

Thanks for the replies,
I was able to get the stuffing box stuffed 5/16's was too big and 3/16's too small so 1/4 it was.
I still need to tighten up the backing nut. The main nut holding the flax is hand tight, no wrench. Does this sound right?
As well when I manually turned the shaft after the fact I heard a rubbing sound, nothing dramatic but it was there. Does this indicate that the flax is in tight and rubbing against the shaft? Hard question to answer I know.
I confess that I am a little nervous about launch day, as this is the first time I have done this. But logically the flax is bedded well and appears to be a nice fit so nothing to worry about I guess.

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Re: stuffing box de-packed several questions before re-assembly

You should be fine JnJ.
Just keep your wrenches on your boat in case you need to tighten (or loosen) the packing gland once in the water. The first thing you check on your boat after launch is your stuffing box once you have messed with it.
You will need to monitor your stuffing box with the engine engaged as well. If the stuffing box gets hot then it needs to be loosened. There should be a few drips of water per minute with flax packing - is that what you used?
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Re: stuffing box de-packed several questions before re-assembly

No need to be nervous. At worst, an very unlikely, even if you have to repack it that can be done in the water.
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