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Topic: How disassemble SMP? (was: +back in the game!) (4 msgs / 119 lines)
1) From: Rudy Ramsey
Kevin,
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took me two hours two to painstakingly disassemble the unit and scrub all
the parts with a toothbrush to remove the French Vanilla scent and
subsequently reassemble the machine.  I even disassembled the burrs and
scrubbed them.
I would very much like to fully disassemble my SMP, both to clean it and to
install the upgrade kit. However, it resists removal of the outside cover.
My understanding is that I should twist a screwdriver blade in the gap
separating the upper cover from the base, but with any force I consider
reasonable, there's no movement. I really don't want to break it or ruin the
cover. Any suggestions?
Rudy

2) From: Kevin
Rudy,
There are two slots on the bottom of the plastic base of the SMP (where the
plastic meets the metal).    The slots are on both sides of the grinder.
Stick a flat head screwdriver in there and gently twist while pulling up on
the plastic casing.  Do this slowly and carefully with some force and it
should pop off.  Hopefully, this helps.
-- 
My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

3) From: raymanowen
On the SMP, you have a cast zinc- ''pot metal"- base screwed to the bottom
just to add weight and make it more substantial, allegedly so you can grind
into your pf held in one hand while you depress the impulse button with the
other.
It already has the 40-setting grind adjustment ring (as an SMP), so all
you'd do in taking it apart is swap identical grind adjustment rings and
lose the Damn detent ball and spring. If you're a mechanical sadist, and
still want to dismantle it, pull off the timer knob and take off the zinc
base- 4 obvious screws.
With a 7level flat bladed screwdriver (slightly larger than Jeweler's
screwdriver,) although the jeweler's screwdriver would work, pry the tab
away from the side in each of the four slots in the base. They're towards
the corners, but each side has two tabs.
As you move a tab away from its position, pull the plastic housing up
slightly, and do the same in each adjacent slot. Don't try to start by doing
diagonals- the second one would reseat the first one! When the four tabs are
unseated, push down on the center burr and pull the housing up and off of
the gearmotor.
Why? There's nothing to do, but if you want the housing farther out of the
way, take out the line cord strain relief. Compress it vertically with
pliers, pull it out of the housing and take it off of the cord.
The true upgrade for an SMP is a swap of the burrs for Virtuoso burrs, in my
opinion. Get them both from the top; no housing disassembly required for
burrs. But, if you take it all apart, "Some assembly required."
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Forget vacuum storage. Roast early, Roast Often! Get Grinder.

4) From: Rudy Ramsey
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Thanks for the detail, Ray. I haven't yet decided, after your message,
whether or not I'm masochistic enough to try this.  Time will tell.
Rudy
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Subject: Re: How disassemble SMP? (was: +back in the game!)
On the SMP, you have a cast zinc- ''pot metal"- base screwed to the bottom
just to add weight and make it more substantial, allegedly so you can grind
into your pf held in one hand while you depress the impulse button with the
other. 
It already has the 40-setting grind adjustment ring (as an SMP), so all
you'd do in taking it apart is swap identical grind adjustment rings and
lose the Damn detent ball and spring. If you're a mechanical sadist, and
still want to dismantle it, pull off the timer knob and take off the zinc
base- 4 obvious screws. 
With a 7level flat bladed screwdriver (slightly larger than Jeweler's
screwdriver,) although the jeweler's screwdriver would work, pry the tab
away from the side in each of the four slots in the base. They're towards
the corners, but each side has two tabs. 
As you move a tab away from its position, pull the plastic housing up
slightly, and do the same in each adjacent slot. Don't try to start by doing
diagonals- the second one would reseat the first one! When the four tabs are
unseated, push down on the center burr and pull the housing up and off of
the gearmotor. 
Why? There's nothing to do, but if you want the housing farther out of the
way, take out the line cord strain relief. Compress it vertically with
pliers, pull it out of the housing and take it off of the cord. 
The true upgrade for an SMP is a swap of the burrs for Virtuoso burrs, in my
opinion. Get them both from the top; no housing disassembly required for
burrs. But, if you take it all apart, "Some assembly required." 
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!


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