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Thread: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

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    Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    Its very stuck - any tips on getting one off?

    I usually just grab with a cloth and can twist the sucker off but one wand (its a LM Linea) has become stubborn. Tried wrapping a cloth around the tip and exerting some force with some multigrips but all I did was leave some little dents in the metal! Anyone got any tricks?

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    Re: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    Quote Originally Posted by 063D223A3720520 link=1303542902/0#0 date=1303542902
    Its very stuck* - any tips on getting one off?* *

    I usually just grab with a cloth and can twist the sucker off but one wand (its a LM Linea) has become stubborn. Tried wrapping a cloth around the tip and exerting some force with some multigrips but all I did was leave some little dents in the metal!* * Anyone got any tricks?*
    Try a little WD40 and let it soak in

    Then remove with the multygrips
    Dont use them directly on the metal but use a cloth between the tool and the steam tip to prevent damage

    If still stubborn, remove the arm from the machine and use a vice & multigrips* but remember to use a cloth to prevent damage

    Wash off all WD40 thoroughly & apply a little food safe grease to the thread prior to assembly*

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    Re: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    Are you sure youre turning in the right direction?

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    Re: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    Yep - same way the other wand goes.

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    Re: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    What about turning on the steam to heat up the wand and tip then putting a cold cloth on the arm to cool it down a little and quickly trying again to remove the tip while its still hotter than the arm?

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    Re: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    Thundergod,* we must think alike because today I tried cold wand with hot water on the tip, and hot wand with cold water on the tip.* I also tried after letting the wand sit in water with a bit of caffetto for a short while.

    The other tip is stuck now too.* Ive been off for a week and so I reckon the other guys arent cleaning properly so its probably stuck with gunk. Ill try the wd40 trick then we might have to take the bugger off.* *

    Thanks for the smurfy advice guys.

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    Re: Aaaargh! Help removing stuck steam wand tip

    its a 30sec job to take the wand off, less time than it took to start this thread... it would be a false economy not to! :)

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    does anyone among u look back at ur comments?????? u all make suggestions but not one of u says AT WHICH DIRECTION to turn the steam wand tip in order to remove it .....clockwise or anti clockwise.

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    An old topic so don't expect the others to respond. Not good form to rant at the ones you want a response from but the answer to your questions is anti-clockwise to unscrew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambi7 View Post
    does anyone among u look back at ur comments??????
    That sounds like solid advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambi7 View Post
    does anyone among u look back at ur comments?????? u all make suggestions but not one of u says AT WHICH DIRECTION to turn the steam wand tip in order to remove it .....clockwise or anti clockwise.

    You're luck you got a response. You'd do well to learn some manners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambi7 View Post
    does anyone among u look back at ur comments?????? u all make suggestions but not one of u says AT WHICH DIRECTION to turn the steam wand tip in order to remove it .....clockwise or anti clockwise.
    Suggest a read through this classic wouldn't go astray.


    As for removing the steam tip, pretty basic stuff, in fact I'd be embarrassed to admit I didn't know.
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    Lefty loosey/righty tighty ol' sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Lefty loosey/righty tighty ol' sport.
    Yep. Some exceptions including the nut holding the burr to the motor shaft on all grinders I have seen, and the left pedal of bicycles, and BBQ gas bottle/hose connection. One coffee related, two random useless facts!

    Cheers
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    Not to forget an old apprentice's test - left hand thread on left hand side air cooled VW hub nut. And many military vehicles had left hand threads on left hand side wheel nuts.

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