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Old 10-02-2013, 14:48   #1
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Stuffing Box

I have a 9 year old stuffing box that requires new packing. My question is how hard is it to do. My box requires I reach down under aft berth two feet to reach it so seeing what you are doing is also limited. So my debate is wether to do it my self or contact the yard. My past boats have had a drip less seal which I loved. This boat seal leakage drainages is very good to bilge but bilge pump is running too often.
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Old 10-02-2013, 14:51   #2
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Re: Stuffing Box

It may not need replacing. A tweak with the wrenches may be enough to slow the drip to an acceptable level.
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Old 10-02-2013, 15:15   #3
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I have tweaked if every year for the last six years. Boat is out of the water and I very much prefer rebuilding before it is launched in about six weeks. I also have a one through hull I suspect of seeping to reseal.
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Old 10-02-2013, 15:56   #4
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I have a 9 year old stuffing box that requires new packing. My question is how hard is it to do. My box requires I reach down under aft berth two feet to reach it so seeing what you are doing is also limited. So my debate is wether to do it my self or contact the yard. My past boats have had a drip less seal which I loved. This boat seal leakage drainages is very good to bilge but bilge pump is running too often.
Please share your comments.
My stuffing box has a place that you can pack some waxy type of compound into the box and that controls the drip...
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Old 10-02-2013, 16:17   #5
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Re: Stuffing Box

The hardest part is getting the old packing out. There's a corkscrew like tool made for the job but still can be difficult. Mine calls for 3 rounds with 3separate pieces.. Don't spiral it and stagger the butts. That concludes my knowledge base lol.
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Re: Stuffing Box

It's doable yourself. Often a drywall screw or similar with pliars can be used in lieu of the special tool to remove the old. All in all it depends on what the yard wants to do it, and what it's worth to you. You have to remove the old, determine size of packing, get packing, cut rings (45 degree cuts), force them in, adjust packing nut.
If they have a yard worker with long arms let him do it!
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Old 10-02-2013, 16:43   #7
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Sounds like you've got a tough spot. I've done it waterborne. Used the cork screw, want to be prepared for the water that will come in when the packing comes out, have the correct size rings cut and ready to go. As a safety I had a bicycle inner tube section that I had slit down the length. If I had to stop with the packing out I could wrap it around the gland a couple of times to stop the water from coming in.
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It's an easy job when you can see what you are doing. I would consider taking the berth apart.
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