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Topic: AP Needs Ring Job? (9 msgs / 154 lines)
1) From: lenf
My AeroPress's seal is beginning to leak.  It looks fine, and if I put it
in they cylinder I can see I'm getting good contact all around.   But when
I press really hard I get 'blow-by', a smear of grounds down the tube, and
a few drops of gross-looking coffee 'slurry' fly up the cylinder, hit the
top 'brim' of the plunger and splatter on the counter around the cup.
I checked Aerobie's website but they say nothing about spare parts.  I've
had the thing for maybe a year and a half.  Are there places I can buy
another seal or should I just get a new one?  (Or should I not press as
hard?)
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2) From: Ira
At 12:47 AM 10/6/2008, you wrote:
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They will sell you spares, an email or phone call will get you the info.
Ira
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3) From: Frank Awbrey
Alan Adler, the inventor of the AP frequents Coffeegeek.com quite a bit (he
may also frequent this board also--don't know). Anyway, give him a quick
line over there. He is pretty good about answering the posts directed to him
and about the AP.
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Frank
"Still the one"
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
That the original equipment has lasted a year and a half sort of
indicates that you are not abusing the AP. Regarding your final
question, if part of the satisfaction you get from your AP includes
pressing as hard as you do, I'd say do what you need to do to either
restore your current AP or replace it. If you get just as much or
nearly as much satisfaction when you don't press so hard, maybe that
is a good option.
Brian
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5) From: Bill
lenf,
read CG's posts and Adler supports his product to the max.  Like Ira said,
fire an email or call to them, I bet you'll get some response...
BTW, generally the AP works better with just the *right* amount of pressure.
 Pushing harder actually makes it harder to push.  What is that, filter rate
or something?
So I'd contact Aerobie, but I'd also experiment with less pressure in
plunging.
bill
PS I doubt Alan Adler lurks here, reading the CG site, it seems he can't
help jumping in with help on his product.  We've talked about the AP enough
that he'd be jumping in here... ha ha ha.
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6) From: Hans von Sichart
hi lenf,
i have the same problem - started after using the AP for about a year.
my current work around: as i am warming up my cups, i also warm up the
plunger in the same hot water in the cup. that expands the rubber a
bit, enough for some clean pressing.
my second problem is a bit of leakage around the filter. if i don't
press too hard it is OK, other wise, it leaks out to the sides and
might even run outside the cup.
i doubt that there is any workaround except replacing the entire unit.
ecologically a debatable move,
anybody else a better proposal?
+ hans
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7) From: Barry Luterman
Plumbers tape around the gasket
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8) From: Bill
Call Aerobie and get a replacement.
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9) From: Captain CowPie
I have been experiencing the same problem when using a paper filter.  
It sometimes leaks out of the sides, and once while pushing it rushed  
out the sides so badly that I got burned. I don't have this problem  
when I use a poly filter though. The poly filters always work well,  
and may be an option for you.
Vince
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