graphite twine packing

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hoppercar
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graphite twine packing

Post by hoppercar » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:13 pm

where can you get the braided graphite twine, for stuffing boxes now ?...the type, that you can untwist into several smaller strings for small stuffing boxes?...I used to get it at coles, but since they are long gone..now I cant find it?..hardware stores have the 1/8 square solid kind, but not the strippable type ?

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Re: graphite twine packing

Post by gwrdriver » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:48 pm

A good mechanical/plumbing supply, or maybe the local Big Box.
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Builder01
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Re: graphite twine packing

Post by Builder01 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:37 pm

I get it from my local True Value hardware store. They have, teflon string, graphite square section and graphite string.

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Re: graphite twine packing

Post by Rwilliams » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:49 pm

McMaster-Carr offers an 1/8 inch square graphite packing that can be unraveled into individual strings with good results. Lubricate all of the parts with some of the silver anti-sieze high temp grease and pack with the graphite packing. Things will work well for a long time if the moving part are well polished.

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