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Re: Packing gland adjustment
Yes, you probably just need to sneak up on the right tension on the stuffing box nuts to get almost no drops with the shaft at rest. And no, your packing most likely does not need replacing if it was re-done last year. Re-packing the stuffing box is more like a 5+ year maintenance event.
As others have noted, you can check the temperature of the stuffing box after the shaft has been spinning for a while with your hand. You just don't want it to run hot to the touch.
Perhaps NewportNewbie was not the best long term screen name for you, as you seem to have learned quite a lot in not so long, which is good!
It took me several tries to get our stuffing box nuts just right after we replaced the shaft, cutless bearing, shaft log hose and packing material this spring. It takes some tweaking, is all.
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