GOOD TURN FOR THE STERN

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: -

QI have al­ways out of habit given the stern tube greaser five half turns. Is this too much? Is there a rule? Or maybe un­til it stops drip­ping? AU­THOR, from the CB web­site

ATONY REPLIES... There is no rule be­cause the amount of grease used de­pends upon tem­per­a­ture, wear in the shaft, bear­ings and gland, and how long you have been run­ning. I turn mine down un­til it stiff­ens and then a cou­ple more turns un­less it vir­tu­ally stops be­fore that. It could be any­thing be­tween three and ten or more turns. As a new shaft and bear­ing is likely to be costly, I would not stint on us­ing the greaser.

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