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Topic: Rocky, bummer (11 msgs / 319 lines)
1) From: Frank Parth
A few months ago I bought a Rocky through our hosts. It would not hold a setting at any reading except for the lowest 
espresso setting and one setting that was just right for French press. At any other setting the hopper would start 
rotating and changing the grind size.
I've put up with it only because I've been gone most of the last few months, living on Untied Airlines. But now I'm 
home for awhile and want to get it fixed. I've tried everything I can think of during the times when I've taken it 
apart to clean it, but no joy.
The manual that came with the Rocky does not show a US repair facility. Does anyone on the list know who repairs these? 
I've heard such good things about the Rocky that I'm unwilling to give up on it.
TIA
Frank Parth

2) From: raymanowen
Have it Not repaired, lest ye become known as a Mark.
A short strip of teflon tape, draped down across the adjustment threads,
will tend to stiffen the adjustment. Cut it narrower for less resistance or
use multiple strips for more stiffness.
If the tape strips get Kludgy, you could use a small dot of Lok Tite or
Teflon spray lube on the threads. Motorcycle chain spray lube?
I really think you will get the best advice from SM or Rancilio- just a
phone call away...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Dec 6, 2007 1:15 PM, Frank Parth  wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Disagree with Ray 100%. Adding teflon tape to the upper burr carrier threads
is for side to side wobble with 'some' Rocky manufacturing runs. Rocky has a
STEPPED indent type stop for the hopper which if wanders is indeed
defective. Contact SM.
 
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	Have it Not repaired, lest ye become known as a Mark.
	
	A short strip of teflon tape, draped down across the adjustment
threads, will tend to stiffen the adjustment. Cut it narrower for less
resistance or use multiple strips for more stiffness. 
	
	If the tape strips get Kludgy, you could use a small dot of Lok Tite
or Teflon spray lube on the threads. Motorcycle chain spray lube?
	
	I really think you will get the best advice from SM or Rancilio-
just a phone call away... 
	
	Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
	
	On Dec 6, 2007 1:15 PM, Frank Parth  wrote:
	
		A few months ago I bought a Rocky through our hosts. It
would not hold a setting at any reading except for the lowest
		espresso setting and one setting that was just right for
French press. At any other setting the hopper would start 
		rotating and changing the grind size.
		
		I've put up with it only because I've been gone most of the
last few months, living on Untied Airlines. But now I'm
		home for awhile and want to get it fixed. I've tried
everything I can think of during the times when I've taken it 
		apart to clean it, but no joy.
		
		The manual that came with the Rocky does not show a US
repair facility. Does anyone on the list know who repairs these?
		I've heard such good things about the Rocky that I'm
unwilling to give up on it. 
		
		TIA
		
		Frank Parth

4) From: Sharyn A Best
Frank -
I'm a long time list lurker, but felt the need to come out to help a 
fellow list member concerning your Rocky grinder problem. I've delt with 
Salvatore Albelice of Sunbelt Imports, Inc. for everything Rancilio for 
over 12 years. He is the main person in the US for handling Rancilio 
products &/or repairs. His facility is here in Houston. The following is 
a link for contact:
sunbeltimports.com/page.contact
Hope this will be of help.
Sharyn Best

5) From: stereoplegic
in the neighborhood i grew up in (like 5 blocks from my childhood home). 
who knew? do you live around there (i'm in Montrose/Upper Kirby District 
now)? are you a member of Gene Smith's HoustonHomeroasters Yahoo Group?
Sharyn A Best wrote:
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6) From: Frank Parth
Sharyn,
I'm glad I was the poster who caused you to come out of the closet    Feel free to post more responses and to ask 
questions.
To respond to Ray's idea of putting Teflon tape on the threads, I ainta' gonna' do that. Mostly because I don't think 
that's the cure.
A couple of people at Sweet Marias are very familiar with the Rocky, having disassembled several (as I understand) and 
they gave me the answer. The spring that pushes the pointer up into the indents under the hopper just isn't strong 
enough to hold the pointer in place. So by putting a shim under the spring, my Rocky now works perfectly. Thanks Derek! 
That's more great service by SM.
But I'm going to save the link below just in case of future problems. Thanks, Sharyn.
Frank Parth
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7) From: Robert Yoder
Bravo, Derek and Frank!
 
Sometimes we can stretch a spring a little with similar results, in case yo=
u can't find a washer or other sort of thing to use as a shim.
 
robert> To: homeroast> From: fparth> Subject:=
 Re: +Rocky, bummer> Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 11:45:40 -0800> > Sharyn,> I'm g=
lad I was the poster who caused you to come out of the closet Feel free to =
post more responses and to ask > questions.> > To respond to Ray's idea of =
putting Teflon tape on the threads, I ainta' gonna' do that. Mostly because=
 I don't think > that's the cure.> > A couple of people at Sweet Marias are=
 very familiar with the Rocky, having disassembled several (as I understand=
) and > they gave me the answer. The spring that pushes the pointer up into=
 the indents under the hopper just isn't strong > enough to hold the pointe=
r in place. So by putting a shim under the spring, my Rocky now works perfe=
ctly. Thanks Derek! > That's more great service by SM.> > But I'm going to =
save the link below just in case of future problems. Thanks, Sharyn.> > Fra=
nk Parth> > > > Frank -> >> > I'm a long time list lurker, but felt the nee=
d to come out to help a fellow list member concerning your Rocky grinder > =
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r handling Rancilio products &/or repairs. His facility is here in Houston.=
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8) From: Sharyn A Best
I don't live near the present Sunbelt Imports which is Sal's newer 
location. His company used to be located on Bissonnet not that far from 
where you live now. My husband & I live out in Clear Lake near the 
Johnson space center. I was a member of Gene Smith's Houston 
Homeroasters Yahoo group, but most of the guys live on the North or 
Northwest side of town & the get togethers were always out that way. I 
was too far and too busy to ever meet anyone in person.
I'm off tomorrow AM to purchase a home in the Dallas area. More than 
ready to leave Houston behind. Can finally do it since my husband 
retires the first part of next year. Allen, TX here we come! Any SM home 
roasters up that way?
Frank, glad that the guys at Sweet Marias came through with a quick, 
easy fix for you. You won't be sorry about keeping the link for Sal. He 
is the US expert when it comes to Rancilio. He deals with commercial 
outfits locally, as well as all around the US. He has direct connections 
to Italy, as that's where he's from originally. Family back there still 
to help with the imports. Hence, his company's name. I'm just an 
individual,, but he gives me the same commercial discounts -below 
wholesale or just above cost at times. Very friendly, helpful fellow.
Sharyn Best

9) From: Brentley Beerline
Derek is a great guy and really knows his stuff.  He is one of the reasons that I do pickups over there, he really knows what he is talking about.
----- Original Message ----
From: Frank Parth 
To: homeroast
Sent: Friday, December 7, 2007 11:45:40 AM
Subject: Re: +Rocky, bummer
Sharyn,
I'm glad I was the poster who caused you to come out of the closet    Feel free to post more responses and to ask 
questions.
To respond to Ray's idea of putting Teflon tape on the threads, I ainta' gonna' do that. Mostly because I don't think 
that's the cure.
A couple of people at Sweet Marias are very familiar with the Rocky, having disassembled several (as I understand) and 
they gave me the answer. The spring that pushes the pointer up into the indents under the hopper just isn't strong 
enough to hold the pointer in place. So by putting a shim under the spring, my Rocky now works perfectly. Thanks Derek! 
That's more great service by SM.
But I'm going to save the link below just in case of future problems. Thanks, Sharyn.
Frank Parth
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10) From: Frank Parth
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I have long memories of Dallas, Sharyn. I did some graduate work at the University of Wyoming from 1974 to 1977. For 
the three and a half years we lived there my wife did nothing but complain about how cold it was, how windy it was, and 
why don't we move someplace warmer.
So I got a job with Texas Instruments in the Dallas area. Bought a house out in Rockwall and commuted in to Richardson 
every day. For three and a half years she did nothing but complain about how hot it was, how humid it was, andwhy don't 
we move someplace more reasonable.
So we moved to Denver and got divorced.
Go figure.
But when I moved out and lived by myself is when I started to learn about making better coffee.
Frank

11) From: Rodney Winchell
I'm in Melissa, TX.  Just getting going with my iRoast, lots of beans to
try and roasts to do!  Just drank the first Aida's, wonderful.
rod


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