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Old 02-10-2014, 17:40   #16
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Re: Stuffing Box Leaks

Mine is so tight against the hull you just can't really get anything in there but a hammer and a punch, and I hate doing that
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Re: Stuffing Box Leaks

Thank's Stu for the article. I was hesitant to suggest going for the Full Monty to the OP since it's his first time, but eventually we all have to go there.

Marvin, there are numerous times I've completely replaced the packing while in the water. You cut the rings in advance (using the shaft outside the box as a guide) then open, tear out the old, and replace. Follow Stu's notes if you want to go that far. I haven't tried his drywall screw trick (but will next time I do this), I use a dental pick. The ones the hygienists use to scrape tartar. Nice sharp, but slender hook at the end. Reach in, grab the packing, yank it out.
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Great information! I have confidence to proceed now. Would like to get some of that dripless green goop stuff but will check at WM to see what they have. While I was down there I found the manual bilge pump 2" hose had a large hole in it. I will fix it first so I have that big build in pump available. I am thinking of repairing the bad part with a piece of 2" pvc pipe clamped into the existing good hose. When that pump, as well as my 12v one, is working I will fix the stuffing box. Thanks to all.
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Re: Stuffing Box Leaks

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Mine is so tight against the hull you just can't really get anything in there but a hammer and a punch, and I hate doing that
Yea... But sometimes we just don't have a choice... Kept well lubed, it shouldn't take much for subsequent visits... You can cut yourself a custom spanner out of flat stock... Easy Peasy, and ya don't have to make it look like Snap On...

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Thank's Stu for the article. I was hesitant to suggest going for the Full Monty to the OP since it's his first time, but eventually we all have to go there.

Marvin, there are numerous times I've completely replaced the packing while in the water. You cut the rings in advance (using the shaft outside the box as a guide) then open, tear out the old, and replace. Follow Stu's notes if you want to go that far. I haven't tried his drywall screw trick (but will next time I do this), I use a dental pick. The ones the hygienists use to scrape tartar. Nice sharp, but slender hook at the end. Reach in, grab the packing, yank it out.
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Great information! I have confidence to proceed now. Would like to get some of that dripless green goop stuff but will check at WM to see what they have. While I was down there I found the manual bilge pump 2" hose had a large hole in it. I will fix it first so I have that big build in pump available. I am thinking of repairing the bad part with a piece of 2" pvc pipe clamped into the existing good hose. When that pump, as well as my 12v one, is working I will fix the stuffing box. Thanks to all.
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Re: Stuffing Box Leaks

If you're worried about water coming in when you loosen the stuffing box get a strip of rubber from a bicycle inner tube and wrap it tightly around the shaft log. This will stop the little bit of water that usually comes in.

Stuffing box wrenches are easily available. The pic is from Amazon. I picked up a couple of Model T wrenches from a flea market and they work fine.

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