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Help! => Specific Engine Help => Topic started by: Reggleston on June 17, 2018, 04:09:27 PM

Title: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: Reggleston on June 17, 2018, 04:09:27 PM
Anyone know where I can purchase a small quantity of Valve Packing Material, US or elsewhere?
Title: Re: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: GordonL on June 17, 2018, 05:12:27 PM
Most any place which sells plumbing supplies. Home Depot. Lowes, local hardware store etc
Title: Re: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: b.lindsey on June 17, 2018, 06:58:54 PM
What I have found at the big box stores in the US is a round extruded type material usually imported and not that good IMHO. For braided, Teflon impregnated packing seal material down to 1/8" square check McMaster. If you need something smaller you can always unbraid it as well.

Bill
Title: Re: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: toolznthings on June 17, 2018, 07:27:23 PM
Look for graphite packing string for faucets. Use to come in generic faucet repair kits. Big box stores may have it if still made.
Title: Re: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: Brian Rupnow on June 18, 2018, 01:15:22 AM
Not sure if we are talking about the same thing here, but for packing glands on the end of steam cylinders where the rod exits, I use plumbers Teflon tape. Tear off a piece about 3 or 4 inches long and roll it back and forth between your thumb and finger. It will become a "rope" which then works great for packing glands.
Title: Re: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: GordonL on June 18, 2018, 01:58:52 PM
https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=graphite+packing+plumbing
Title: Re: Valve Packing material source?
Post by: Dan Rowe on June 18, 2018, 03:37:52 PM
The stuff I like to use is round Teflon valve stem packing. You can split it along its length to make smaller sections like string cheese.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=2ZY-007H-002D3

Dan