Leroy the leva. You're welcome.
so after returning to the place of my birth, an likely to return again (thanks Mackerman!)
I recently aquired a new shiney the above mentioned Office Leva
it only needs a replacement gauge which the nice people at Jetblack Espresso provided
Im itching to dismantle an maybe reseal the e61 head, shouldve asked about a e61 service kit but was blown away by all the shineys at Jetblack (also picked up a new sirai pressure stat for maria there, workshop tech was very helpful)
i hat else should i be looking at on the leva?
its yet to be named an placed upon the new cart permanently
Libby, Lana, Lily, Lauri, Lexi, Lisa, Lara, Lucy, Leah, Lola, Leia...
Or following robusto in the spirit of naming it after CS members: Luca
we’re thinking lucy
just replaced steam gauge which sadly doesnt quite fit but is working
an whilst waiting decided to start polishing group head with polish dimal recommended god that stuffs good!!
Couldnt help myself had to pull a shot, grinder needs dialing in an milk froths quite well have to do a few more to get it right, damn not much to do on this but might strip the head an put in new seals for funsies
Anyone know an aussie sponsor preferred E61 service kit seller, having issues finding one? I vaguely recall someone selling one that had a pack of all the orings required?
Maybe contact any of our Site Sponsors who sell Expobar, pretty sure most of them could put a kit together for you...
oh duh I was at Jet Black on Friday *facepalm*!!!!
btw Dimal the cars nudge bar is all shiney as much as Lucy is now thanks to that purple stuff you recommended! THANK YOU!!!
No worries mate....
I've actually never used it but my mate who is a builder and modifier of all things mechanical and shiny, swears by it.
its awesome stuff Ive been using it on anything metal, better than autosol! and damn site easier too!
ok so the other day when I was playing with this it heated up ok even thou its got the wring gauge, ones on the way, I managed to pull a few shots
I moved it today on the frankencart and turned it on about 2mins into heat up it trips the RCD on two sep power circuits?
do these things have a common issue? heater elements that trip out? I had something similar to this on the azkoyen years ago, just asking before I start pulling things apart again
(im sposed to be lawn mowing despite allergy to grass :P )
Last edited by Sullo; 1 Week Ago at 09:28 AM. Reason: i forget things
Could you have somehow spilt water internally out of the tank onto something inside the machine when moving it?
its a plumbed model, cant see any water anywhere
this what i think is earth wire possibly looks a bit dodgy? strip an reterminate?
cant remember what these do
i need a coffee!
The lug itself looks fine. Can't see if there's a good connection between the lug and boiler. Either way unlikely to cause tripping, more likely to cause not tripping under fault conditions, so you know, bad. I find it strange it trips 2 RCDs, or is it tripping 1 RCD that feeds 2 circuits?
A good test would be to run an extension lead to the power point it used to be fed from when it heated up ok. If it trips again it's the machine, if not might be the machine and/or something in your house wiring.
Heating element(s) on their way out are a common cause of RCD faults.
Java "A bit cracked" phile
Toys! I must have new toys!!!
warning the following images contain coffee machine nudity
an i was curious
Its ona wheeled cart so I ran it over to the original circuit, damnit, trips there too
Yep same as what Abbey the Azkoyen did years ago, was a cracked element gasket and dodgey element
Kinda mild I don't know whats in this purple poo but man its good and you don't have to use harsh elbow grease, I used some on the nudge bar of my rav4 and its only 2014 model and came up brilliant, hopefully dimal will see this message and flick the video link he had again how it works, I reckon its that good if you buy it and don't get same results Ill refund it I now swear by it!!!
Sorry I did try to multyquote buyt stuffed it up.
ATTN CS Sponsors anyone got a replacement element and this time the CORRECT part unlike what unnamed sponsor supplied me!! (hence awaiting something from UK cos it was easier then trawling hrs finding locally and I got the shits about it!)
If you run an Alexa, don't try fixing things playing Def Leppards back catalog, you wont get much done....
Esp when theres guitars and drum kit next to the machine :P
If you want me to confirm the element diagnosis I might be able to pop over after work one day this week
Ninja might take you up on that maybe take it to work an stop by yours on way home save you the trip down?
Really appreciare the assist ty
Dimal thanks dude knew youd have it
Think javaphiles on the money here i finally figured out where the element goes in duh facepalm
Machines now upside down an i can see what looks like a deteriorated gasket seal on the element
Who dares me to remove it an see? Thinking new element an gasket
Love coffee machine porn. Strip away those glitzy outer clothes to reveal the pulsating innards.
No, seriously, I really like to see the solid copper and brass fittings.
I love the reassuring feeling of seeing a big electric motor driving a rotary pump.
And the way often limited space is optimised. A bit like an orchestra seated on a stage...every instrument coming together in a glorious harmonious note.
just another provocatively positioed photo for robusto’s benefit
Now I need to go buy a 37mm spanner to get out the old element and my shifty wont fit in around other stickyout bits and stupid cheap closes at 5....
Where theres a will theres a way
Now to figure how to get enough torque to wrench this thing off
A little bit, less destructive than they usually are though
Mainly cos i wasted an hour trying to find the one i thought i had then remembered i loaned it
Who i have no idea!
Have a good week everyone thanks for reading thus far in sullos latest edition of this bugger machine wont beat me!
will the element break free
will he break the element
will there be moaning an gnashing of teeth or knuckles
will the peasants rejoice as threads break their strangle grip on the boiler
will lucy give espresso again
Gratuitios use of rattle gun finally got the bastard out, need to check water probe level looks to have maybe boiled dry?
Now impatiently awaiting replacement element and gasket!
And whilst i have boiler open time for a clean....
Boiler looks to be nice and clean inside, won't require too much cleaning...
Up to you I guess, certainly won't hurt anything mate...
and in another useless update, a part I ordered from the UK arrived, and the element I needed from Victoria STILL hasn't arrived.....
Both ordered same day 5mins of each other...
Lucy awaits her new heart...
It looks like your machine is a thermosyphon heated group. So, if you don't have a restrictor in that top pipe, you should get one for it.
What it does is restricts the flow of boiling hot water from the top of the hx, and blends it with cooler water that is in the return loop to the bottom of the hx. A little difficult to tune, but results in a machine that needs much less of a flush.
That blocked restrictor meant that the group would not heat properly (no thermosyphon), and no matter how hot the boiler, the coffee was no where near hot enough, almost lukewarm.
Turns out it is a very nice Diadema for me!
An the new heart finally arrived!!
Are you thinking of a new SSR (solid state relay) to handle the element switching duties?
Do i need one? Whats likely to be on it? Havent looked at that to be honest was just in the process of replacing current parts hadnt gotten to upgrades yet
Latest useless update, parcel tracking says my new gauge an single pf are in country clearing customs,
In the mean time im going to remove and citric acid all the copper pipes an maybe go a bit nuts an dismantle and clean out the e61
Poo am i have forgotten to buy new seals arr arr