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Old 15-10-2018, 07:43   #1
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Help me with my poor english

Sorry to ask, but i have a dripping seal in my shaft and i need to know the name of the grassy cord you put inside it.
I am trying to figure out what is the proper size of that Thing i have to warp around to stop the leak
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Re: Help me with my poor english

"shaft packing" or "stuffing box packing" are both acceptable terms.
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"shaft packing" or "stuffing box packing" are both acceptable terms.
And, there are three basic types of stuffing box packing:
flax packing, Teflon packing, and graphite packing.
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And, there are three basic types of stuffing box packing:
flax packing, Teflon packing, and graphite packing.
Do not use graphite packing. High risk of galvanic corrosion.
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In case it is of interest: Yachtsman's Ten Language Dictionary.

It is extremely well done [and maintained] and has been very useful to me as a cruising sailor over the years.

Cheers! Bill
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Re: Help me with my poor english

You also asked about the size. This can be a problem since the old packing is sometimes pretty much worn down. But if one part of it can be measured, that's a start. Also measure the shaft diameter and the diameter of the threads on the seal. The packing will be just about equal to 1/2 the difference.

West Marine allows you to return packing if it has not been cut to length or inserted into the nut and compressed. Just gently try to insert the ends of the uncut packing into opposite sides of the seal when it is sitting loosely on the shaft. The correct size packing will start to slide snugly, just a little, into the gap between the nut and the shaft.
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Re: Help me with my poor english

My shaft was 1 1/4 inch and the packing was 3/8 inch.
Your mileage may vary..
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