1 Clean and examine Loosen gland follower nuts slowly and lift follower to release any trapped pressure under packing set. Remove all old packing and thoroughly clean shaft/stem and stuffing box area following plant-specified procedures. Examine the shaft/stem for corrosion, nicks, scoring or excessive wear. Examine other components for burrs, cracks, or wear that could reduce packing life. Check stuffing box for excessive clearances and shaft/stem for eccentricity. Replace any components found defective. If in doubt, seek advice. Inspect old packing as part of failure analysis for clues to cause of premature packing failure.
FSA ESA Packings Installation Procedures
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