generally not enough water to be concerned about.
I use a couple pair of Channel-locks to loosen the lock nut and then unscrew the packing gland, (the big adjustable "plumbing" wrenches sold in the plumbing section might be better) and a small screwdriver to pick out the packing. Nothing fancy.
Replacing the packing I don't use any tools. I put in one ring of packing, then screw the nut on by hand till it bottoms out. Then back it off and put in another ring; and so on. Works for me.
IMO if you have to "lever" anything to rethread the packing nut, SOMETHING is out of alignment. I'd find out what and correct it. Having the 2x4 on hand just in case is a good idea, but I've never needed one.
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