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Labyrinth Seal Replacement

Labyrinth Seal Replacement

Labyrinth Seal Replacement

We are planning an outage to change the Labyrinth seal on a Fr5 generator, not having had to do this previously, can anyone advise how long it should take.

RE: Labyrinth Seal Replacement

Ask the guy who has to actually do the work, and double that estimate.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Labyrinth Seal Replacement

Hi Mike,

I'm interested by your response. How has this rule of thumb served you in the past (just double the amount of time someone says it will take)?

RE: Labyrinth Seal Replacement

The guy who does the work, if he has done anything similar before, will have a good idea of how long it should take.
... but he will try to please you, by giving you an estimate based on having the right tools and the right parts in the right place at the right time, and not finding any ugly surprises.

Things never go that well for me.
Hence, double the estimate.
The result of doing so is very rarely conservative.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Labyrinth Seal Replacement

I have some older Chilton "flat rate" manuals published so repair shops would have time estimates to quote repair jobs they had not done before.
One column has "factory" time. There is another column called "Chilton" time. It was based on a skilled tech, but without actual experience with that actual operation, dirty conditions, maybe even seized fasteners etc. The Chilton time was most always longer than the factory time. Sometimes a lot. I don't think I ever beat Chilton time.

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