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Topic: Andreja repair advice sought (9 msgs / 278 lines)
1) From: Cj. Aberte
My just short of 2 yo Premium has blown it's second pressure gauge. 
Not willing, unless absolutely necessary, to wait another week 
(admittedly, reasonable for transport trans-continental) to fix it 
AGAIN (yes, you may read frustration in the comment for a $1600 piece 
of equipment to keep blowing the same pieces time after time).
Any engineer types out there that can advise if there is a heavier 
duty replacement that might be found locally (live in an area of over 
a million with moderate resources)? What the heck do I ask for and 
where best to look? No problem with installation - have still 
retained the directions from last time. Replacing the brew pressure 
gauge not the boiler gauge.
Thanks!

2) From: Brett Mason
Oh my goodness - Well I have two thoughts for you...
  1. Sorry you're dealing with this frustration.  I have an old german
sportscar, and sometimes the fun things bring frustration too....
  2. You asked the right place - I don't know the answer, but with the
Mikes, Rays, Eddie's, Las's, and others, you are definitely in the correct
neighborhood....
Sipping a Costa Rica Dota from my Melitta Clarity, and loving it...
Brett
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3) From: Sandy Andina
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When my Livia blew its first pressurestat (under warranty), Cafe West/ 
Baratza sent me a replacement and talked me through installing it on  
the phone. If you already know how to install it, I would go to  
Espressoparts NW--chances are, they probably have the same brand of  
gauge you blew. (Most machines usually take the same brand of p'stat  
and vibe pump, and the gauges look nearly identical).
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When my Livia blew its first =
pressurestat (under warranty), Cafe West/Baratza sent me a replacement =
and talked me through installing it on the phone. If you already know =
how to install it, I would go to Espressoparts NW--chances are, they =
probably have the same brand of gauge you blew. (Most machines usually =
take the same brand of p'stat and vibe pump, and the gauges look nearly =
identical).
On Jul 22, 2007, at 8:18 AM, Cj. Aberte =
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My just short of 2 yo Premium = has blown it's second pressure gauge. Not willing, unless absolutely = necessary, to wait another week (admittedly, reasonable for transport = trans-continental) to fix it AGAIN (yes, you may read frustration in the = comment for a $1600 piece of equipment to keep blowing the same pieces = time after time). Any engineer types out there that can advise if = there is a heavier duty replacement that might be found locally (live in = an area of over a million with moderate resources)? What the heck do I = ask for and where best to look? No problem with installation - have = still retained the directions from last time. Replacing the brew = pressure gauge not the boiler gauge. Thanks! homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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4) From: Barbara Greenspon
We have had terrific service just calling Chris Coffee and talking  
with them.  They have overnighted us what we needed at times.  They  
will even talk you through the installation, but it sounds like that  
is not a problem.
Barbara
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
Might "let your fingers do the walking" and try to find and then call a
couple local places that service commercial espresso machines. Just need a
gauge of proper diameter and then fittings as needed.
Don't know what you mean by gauge "blown", not reading or copiously leaking
or what. Regardless since brew pressure gauge totally unnecessary for actual
functionality if leaking could simply cap line to gauge while sourcing
replacement gauge.
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6) From: Cj. Aberte
Thanks to Mike, Brett, Sandy and Barbara for their best advice. Yep, 
the part is on the way for repair. No, the gauge repair isn't , 
apparently, vital to the use of the machine (never the less we did 
turn it off until a repair tech led us through checking out whether 
or not is should be used).
More info: it happened just about instantaneously without a wimper or 
much more than a difference in the sound of the pump. The gauge 
pinned itself to the topside of the gauge and no tapping bopping or 
other jostling would move it. There is some sort of "deterioration" 
on the face of the gauge itself since it pinned itself. There is a 
grey fog that follows the line that marks the border of the number 
area about 200 degrees around the dial starting from the bottom pin 
that sticks through dial face. No, the "fogginess" is not moisture 
(it's black or dark greyish) is a definite line, and doesn't move 
with temp changes etc. The discoloration was on the dial not the 
glass. No,no leaking, steam, etc.
I very much envy those that have local sources that carry basic 
parts. Even though there are several services in our area, we have 
not been lucky enough to have found any that are carrying parts 
(yet... maybe at some later time). It's good at least to know that we 
haven't overlooked a source that was obvious. Otoh, we've had 
wonderful experiences with Chris's in both on the phone expertise as 
well as fast service getting parts to us. It's very nice to find 
equivalent service in that area to what SM's gives us in supply!
Thank you's and appreciation all around!!
Cj.
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7) From: miKe mcKoffee
Good to hear your AJ is up and running while waiting for replacement gauge.
And agree my experiences with Chris' Coffee service dept. they've been
exemplary.
Just so you don't feel so bad, closest "good" espresso machine parts source
I know of even in the heart of the Third Wave (Portland, OR) is an hour and
a half drive up North to Olympia, WA. And sometimes that even does no good.
When I drove up there to try and get replacement T fitting it turned out to
be a 1/8" size they had order anyway! All turned out for the good. While the
Bric' hard down found a great deal on that Rancilio Audrey so now have a
decent travel/backup espresso machine:-)
Pacific Northwest Gathering VIhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGVI.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/
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8) From: Cj. Aberte
At 05:19 PM 7/24/2007, you wrote:
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On the bright side (if such things *have* bright sides ), we 
have been getting in practice using the French Press again . 
Actually enjoying the difference and have the wonderful revelation of 
actually being able to tell the difference in the handling of the 
bean through the grinder (from Mazer to knee manual) as well as 
different brewing methods! Probably wouldn't have gone back to the FP 
without the beast going down! Fortuitous? Possibly...
Cj.

9) From: Barry Luterman
Want a real eye opener. Compare an Aeropress to a French Press.


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