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Old 03-16-2016, 11:09 AM
mason mason is offline
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2000 x-star packing gland

My packing gland is leaking pretty bad so I decided to change the packing. I went with the GFO gore tex from Skidim. Everything i've read has said there would be 3 rounds of rope but when I got it apart there was 4. I did notice while I was getting the nut loose that it was only on but a couple of threads maybe 3. My question is are there supposed to be only 3 rounds and screwed on more threads or is 4 rounds correct. Bought boat last summer so don't know if it has every been changed before. thanks
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Old 03-16-2016, 03:22 PM
FrankSchwab FrankSchwab is offline
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Three is a good number; sometimes people add a fourth if they can't tighten the packing down enough to get leakage down. It's a quick fix, but doesn't last a long time.

Make sure you read the bible:
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/stuffing_box
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