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Topic: P-stat replacement (8 msgs / 311 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
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For those of you on the list who do not know me; I am an absolute =
incompetent when it comes to mechanical repair. For example, my solution =
to repairing my car when the engine makes strange noises is to make the =
car radio louder. Fixes the funny noises every time . I also stand in =
awe of people who speak of male and female plugs without giggling.
At any rate the p-stat went on my espresso machine. To my knowledge, =
there are no espresso mechanics on the Island. So it was ether send =
Plain Mike an airline ticket or diagnose and repair the problem myself.
Diagnosis took one day. After the replacement p-stat came the repair =
took a half hour and the machine works perfectly. I am seriously =
considering building a new home,single handedly, from scratch.Tomorrow =
the world.
Seriously, the moral of this story is don't be afraid of the equipment. =
With the help of the list members even an seemingly insurmountable =
problem becomes manageable.
Barry The P-stat Maven

2) From: Lynne Biziewski
Thank you, Barry. You are bringing out the brave woman in me...
And - as far as your car goes - I have one word for you:
Car Talk (OK, it's two, but so what..) Go to cartalk.com & find out when
they broadcast in your area. If you are sadly lacking in the wonderful humor
(and actual help) of this radio program that broadcasts from Cambridge, MA
(their "fair city"), then listen online. It'll crack you up - they'd like
your solution to car problems, too - you should call the show.
: > }
Lynne
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3) From: Sandy Andina
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I felt like I could rebuild a Formula 1 engine after I replaced the p- 
stat on my Livia back in '05 when it failed after only a month. Of  
course, Jerry the tech at Cafe West talked me through it on the  
phone; maybe he can talk the guys at Shop Espresso through replacing  
my circuit board (or even properly diagnosing the machine's  
ailments)!  No, I STILL don't have it back yet, and poor li'l Silvia  
is getting the workout of her life.
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Sandy
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I felt like I could rebuild a Formula 1 engine after I replaced the =
p-stat on my Livia back in '05 when it failed after only a month. Of =
course, Jerry the tech at Cafe West talked me through it on the phone; =
maybe he can talk the guys at Shop Espresso through replacing my circuit =
board (or even properly diagnosing the machine's ailments)!  No, I =
STILL don't have it back yet, and poor li'l Silvia is getting the =
workout of her life.
On Sep 1, 2007, at 11:22 PM, Barry =
Luterman wrote:
For those of you on the list who do not know me; I am an = absolute incompetent when it comes to mechanical repair. For example, my = solution to repairing my car when the engine makes strange noises is to = make the car radio louder. Fixes the funny noises every time . I also = stand in awe of people who speak of male and female plugs without = giggling.At any rate = the p-stat went on my espresso machine. To my knowledge, there are no = espresso mechanics on the Island. So it was ether send Plain Mike an = airline ticket or diagnose and repair the problem = myself.Diagnosis took = one day. After the replacement p-stat came the repair took a half hour = and the machine works perfectly. I am seriously considering building a = new home,single handedly, from scratch.Tomorrow the = world.Seriously, the = moral of this story is don't be afraid of the equipment. With the help = of the list members even an seemingly insurmountable problem becomes = manageable.Barry The = P-stat Maven Sandywww.sass-music.com
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4) From: MichaelB
To paraphrase a favorite quote from "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance," "Assembly of espresso machine p-stat require great peace of
mind."
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MichaelB

5) From: Michael Dhabolt
Shucks!
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repair the >problem myself.
Missed a trip to the Islands by that '[]' much.  I could have made it
look real difficult ..... I've paid attention to the repair department
at the local auto dealerships.
Sounds like a business opportunity for someone ........ I could always
'camp out' on your couch for six months or so.
All of this repair stuff is just some variation of the old rule
"Righty - Tighty .... Lefty - Loosey".
BTW.  The Harrar Horse #14659 is working out exceptionally well in my
espresso blend.  Got to pull another .... the ticker is almost up to
speed for the morning.
Mike (just plain)

6) From: raymanowen
"talk the guys at Shop Espresso through replacing my circuit board"
PLEASE GET YOUR OLD CIRCUIT BOARD BACK IF THEY REPLACE IT.
Swapping out a circuit board (PCB or PWB) takes no time and even less
intelligence, when the board is not the problem.
Clue for the uninitiated: THE CIRCUIT BOARD IS NOT BAD. That's about
like saying "There's  some guy with a transmission failure on an exit
ramp from the Dan Ryan," and shutting the whole thing down during rush
hour because of it. I'd hate to be Hizzoner! Smart money would be on a
Fact Finding Tour on an one ship to Escanaba.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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7) From: Sandy Andina
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Technically, you are correct. But this place (as, I'd venture to  
guess, are most espresso machine repair shops) is not some  
electronics or computer hardware laboratory (or even factory) where  
white-coated technicians can remove or rewire printed circuits and  
tweak microchips with ease.  It is a storefront packed to the gills  
with espresso machines in varying states of repair and disrepair,  
with some older machines salvaged from failed coffeeshops (and some  
home discarded home machines like Saecos and DeLonghis ) and used for  
parts.  The repairman is very much a mechanic, and the shop very much  
like a garage for espresso machines--hot, cramped and noisy.  If one  
chip on the circuit board has gone blooey, there's no way to fix it,  
only to put in a new board.   Pasquini in L.A. recommended these  
guys, so when I finally get back my machine back they're gonna get an  
earful from me.
On Sep 2, 2007, at 2:19 PM, raymanowen wrote:
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Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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Technically, you are correct. =
But this place (as, I'd venture to guess, are most espresso machine =
repair shops) is not some electronics or computer hardware laboratory =
(or even factory) where white-coated technicians can remove or rewire =
printed circuits and tweak microchips with ease.  It is a storefront =
packed to the gills with espresso machines in varying states of repair =
and disrepair, with some older machines salvaged from failed coffeeshops =
(and some home discarded home machines like Saecos and DeLonghis ) and =
used for parts.  The repairman is very much a mechanic, and the shop =
very much like a garage for espresso machines--hot, cramped and noisy. =
 If one chip on the circuit board has gone blooey, there's no way to =
fix it, only to put in a new board.   Pasquini in L.A. recommended =
these guys, so when I finally get back my machine back they're gonna get =
an earful from me.
On Sep 2, 2007, at 2:19 PM, raymanowen =
wrote:

Clue for = the uninitiated: THE CIRCUIT BOARD IS NOT BAD. That's about

=

like saying "There's  some guy with a transmission = failure on an exit

ramp from the Dan Ryan," and shutting the whole thing down = during rush

hour because of it. 

= Sandywww.sass-music.com
= = --Apple-Mail-126-5045689--

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Congrats.
miKe  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Barry Luterman
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 9:22 PM
For those of you on the list who do not know me; I am an absolute
incompetent when it comes to mechanical repair. For example, my solution to
repairing my car when the engine makes strange noises is to make the car
radio louder. Fixes the funny noises every time . I also stand in awe of
people who speak of male and female plugs without giggling.
At any rate the p-stat went on my espresso machine. To my knowledge, there
are no espresso mechanics on the Island. So it was ether send Plain Mike an
airline ticket or diagnose and repair the problem myself.
Diagnosis took one day. After the replacement p-stat came the repair took a
half hour and the machine works perfectly. I am seriously considering
building a new home,single handedly, from scratch.Tomorrow the world.
Seriously, the moral of this story is don't be afraid of the equipment. With
the help of the list members even an seemingly insurmountable problem
becomes manageable.
Barry The P-stat Maven


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