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post #24 of Old 08-25-2015
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Re: Sinking Feeling

I believe the problem lies more with the deterioration of the cork gasket on the sea strainer than the bronze. As the cork deteriorates, one must tighten the wing nuts more and more, thereby putting much more pressure on the bronze, rather than compressing the cork. I rarely need to tighten that type of sea strainer more than hand tight, plus a bit.
Again, a maintenance failure, not an equipment failure.

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