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Old 11-08-2016, 11:40   #1
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Stuffing Box Packing Flax - Does it go bad?

I have some stuffing box packing flax in a drawer on the boat. It has been there for 7 years. Does it go bad (like a tomato) or can I use it?
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Re: Stuffing Box Packing Flax - Does it go bad?

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I have some stuffing box packing flax in a drawer on the boat. It has been there for 7 years. Does it go bad (like a tomato) or can I use it?
Yes it does go bad and I've seen some so rotted that it turned to powder when digging it out of the stuffing box. I would suggest that you use Teflon instead of flax when replacing it. Same product, same sizes, installed the same way. One is just made out of Teflon..
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Re: Stuffing Box Packing Flax - Does it go bad?

Western Pacific Trading Co. PTFE Flax shaft packing. Great stuff.
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