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    Porta fitler washer??

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    After my recent move to Canberra, I decided to give Miss Silvia a good clean. In my quest for perfection, I unscrewed the spout off the PF to clean inside, which needed doing, it was filthy. Noticed a bit of string around the thread on the PF, so I cleaned that off too. During the reassembly phase, the spout now screws a quarter of a turn further up and aligns with the handle instead of being perpendicular.

    Obviously the thread string is what is used at the assembly plant to make sure the spout screws up to where it should be. At the moment its not an issue because I prefer a double latte anyway, but Im sure one day Ill have to fix it back properly.

    For any of the Silvia gurus, is there a special washer which will return my PF to the correct configuration without having to resort to more string?

    Boris (missmig the social gatherings in Melbourne) :(

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    Re: Porta fitler washer??

    :( ...and we miss you too Jon.


    While not a Silvia owner I can guess at what might work...

    loctite is your friend when getting a thread to align although you prob should have a scrounge for a MSDS to see which one is "food grade".

    Another other choice is to use teflon tape (which you prob should use anyway).

    3rd choice could be a spot (just a spot) of super-glue. It will hold it in place, its not a pressure-joint, and you should still be able to "crack" it next time you dismantle the group handle.

    The 4th choice is string! Plumbers (at least old timer plumbers) used to use extensive amounts of manila rope to seal threads.


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    Re: Porta fitler washer??

    I tried the teflon tape, the super glue (interesting aroma added to the espresso on that first shot!), but the other one Im using now is a rubber o ring.

    I dont know the size of the silvia hole that the spouts screw onto, but a #10 o ring did it for me - just slip it on, then screw the spouts back on, and it fills the gap so that the spouts dont screw on tighter, and thus further around than what you want.

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    Re: Porta fitler washer??

    Jon, should I feel hurt given your comments on the coffee scene in Canberra? Why dont you drop over and well see if any of the various washer sets I have (rubber, fibre, copper) work for your problem.

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    Re: Porta fitler washer??

    Thanks for the advice men, Im using some packing string at the moment, but I think next Ill try a number 10 oring from the plumbing spares box.

    As for the coffee scene in Canberra......mmmmm. Take one with you if youre going out to Bungendor. Ive had two from the Fyshwick fresh food markets. One was good, the other latte was closer to a hot ice coffee made from international roast! I took a picture cause it was so bad. When the home computer shows up at Xmas, Ill post my display. That way visitors can judge for themselves.

    Dorf, maybe we should ask CosmoreX about having a get together for Canberra snobs?

    Boris *:)

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    Re: Porta fitler washer??

    Got it sorted

    To solve the issue of the beak of my PF not screwing up perpendicular, I just hand lapped the the top of the beak and checked where it screwed up to every now and then till it was where I wanted it. Effectively all that happened was the brass plating was removed. As it doesnt come into contact with the coffee, no worries mate! ;D

    No need for extras.

    Boris :D

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    Re: Porta fitler washer??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyj link=1128585067/0#2 date=1128638338
    I dont know the size of the silvia hole that the spouts screw onto, but a #10 o ring did it for me - just slip it on, then screw the spouts back on, and it fills the gap so that the spouts dont screw on tighter, and thus further around than what you want.
    Yep,

    An O-Ring did it for me too. Couldnt have been easier.... just took the PF with me to our local Home Hardware store where the friendly chap BTC pulled out a tray from under a bench that contained every size O-Ring you could imagine. Found the right size for the PF in 10 seconds and paid a whole $1.50 for half-a-dozen of em. Works a treat, easy to remove when cleaning the PF and easy to replace later on.... :)

    Mal.



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