Flax packing swell rate?
The maintenance log said 3/8 inch flax packing was used last time the stuffing box was repacked, so that's what we bought. This was my first time, so I didn't closely compare what came out to what was going in.
Take a gander at the old (longer white one) compared to the new (smaller darker one) in the photo below.
Does flax packing swell that much, or do you think there was a change in the stuffing box dimensions that wasn't mentioned in the log?
I counted how many turns released the stuffing box, and it took almost double to even begin to feel resistance putting it back on. Me-thinks I'll have to measure the inside of the stuffing box, subtract the shaft size, and divide by two...but still wondering how much it swells in the first 24 - 48 hours.
"The most interesting path between two points is not a straight line" Murray Minchin