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Re: Stuffing box problems

Urgency: If it drips at rest, I assume it also still drips when running? That being the case, you're not going to overheat the shaft so I don't think it's an emergency.

Brass is malleable so if overtightened, the contact surfaces mold to each other. The only way to separate them is good ole torque. Penetrating oil and the like will not get in there and I doubt you can put enough heat on it to make a difference while it's in the water...probably also a really bad idea to try even out of the water. A wrench on the nut and channel lock pliers or a pipe wrench to keep the body from rotating. You won't have to move it much for it to let go.

What size is the shaft?
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