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Topic: thermo-fuse (9 msgs / 143 lines)
1) From: Michael Thompson
My Gaggia, Starbucks-bought espresso machine died the other day, after 
4 years of hard use. After opening it up I found the thermal fuse had 
blown. After several phone calls I found the service shop, on the other 
side of the country. They told me they had them, that most espresso 
machines have one of these, and which will blow typically after a few 
years.  They also told me it was $8 plus postage; I looked this part up 
in my Neward Electronics catalog and found it to be 62 cents.  So if 
anyone has an espresso machine that suddenly dies, it may well be this 
part.
Mike 
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2) From: Daniel Ho
The older Pavonis have fusible links, but mine had a resetable fuse.  It
just died tonight and I was able to put it back together after resetting the
fuse and changing a few wires that have been charred by the overheating.
So...if your machine blows and you have it open anyway, take a look at the
condition of the rest of the wires in there and change them out if they look
like they are in bad shape.
Take care of your espresso maker, and it'll take care of you!  :-)
d.
on 00/11/9 21:55, Michael Thompson at miketom wrote:
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3) From: coffenut
Mike,
Isn't this one of "Murphy's Laws"?  A $400 Expresso machine protected by a
$0.62 fuse will blow up itself in order to protect the fuse.  I've got a
Newark catalog too just for moments like the one you described.  Great tip!!
Coffenut  :^)

4) From: Michael Thompson
Quoting Daniel Ho :
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Resettable, huh?  What luck.  The interior of this machine still looks 
like new, I was quite amazed at the good shape of wiring and all.  Now 
if I could find a grinder that grinds fine enough, for less than an arm 
and leg...........
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5) From: Daniel Ho
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Yup, feeling lucky today...a day without decent espresso is just too much to
bear!  :-)
Check out the manual grinders on www.sweetmarias.com.  I've used a Solis
marketed under the Starbucks brand and it works quite well...the price is
reasonable too.  Tom, also sells the Solis branded grinders on his site.
Cheers,
Dan

6) From: John Roche
on 11/9/00 10:36 PM, coffenut at coffenut wrote:
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What is it and where do we come by it?
john

7) From: coffenut
John,
Newark is large supplier of electronics components, tools, devices, etc.
They can be reached at (800) 718-1998 and will send you a 1700 page catalog
about 2 inches thick.
Coffenut  :^)

8) From: Michael Thompson
Quoting John Roche :
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I of course, misspelled the name, it is "Newark".  This is an 
elecronics catalog, in the sense of all the small electronic component 
parts that occupy the interior of any modern gadget.  The office I deal 
with is in San Diego and can be reached at 858-453-8211.  I'm sure they 
will be happy to send you a catalog.  Be warned; it is full of arcane 
and obscure goodies that only a true "gearhead" will appreciate. 
Mike
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9) From: kstevens
Or seehttp://www.newark.com/Francis
PS: Make sure you get one in the right temperature range
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