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    Hi all..
    so this is kind of embarrassing, but I removed the shower head to clean, and put the head gasket back in to my Lelit PL62t machine without it, and now I have no idea how to get it out!

    i tried prying it out with a knife but I don’t want to (1) damage the gasket, and (2) damage the machine!

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what to try?

  • #2
    Originally posted by allitnils View Post
    Hi all..
    so this is kind of embarrassing, but I removed the shower head to clean, and put the head gasket back in to my Lelit PL62t machine without it, and now I have no idea how to get it out!

    i tried prying it out with a knife but I don’t want to (1) damage the gasket, and (2) damage the machine!

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what to try?
    Warming the machine up a little (to a safe temperature) may help. On the assumption that you don't have a set of specialised tools, the following spring to mind: small flat precision screwdriver, wire coathanger (filed down a little at the end). I'd be prepared for the possibility of sacrificing another group seal before risking your group head.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
      Warming the machine up a little (to a safe temperature) may help. On the assumption that you don't have a set of specialised tools, the following spring to mind: small flat precision screwdriver, wire coathanger (filed down a little at the end). I'd be prepared for the possibility of sacrificing another group seal before risking your group head.
      I didn’t think of warming up the machine! I’ve just turned it on and will give it a go. While I don’t have a set of specialised tools, I’m hoping that warming up the rubber gasket will allow for a bit more play than it being cold!

      failing that, potentially a trip to the shop will have to do.

      thanks again for your response and suggestion!

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      • #4
        Do you have a short flat hook, or can make one out of stiff wire or the like? Use a small screwdriver to prise one edge slightly, slide the hook up sideways then twist it over the ring and pull. This is an elaboration of Barry O'Speedwagon's suggestion. The idea is to create a pulling force rather than leverage against your valuable machine metal.

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        • #5
          Update: got it out!!
          heating up the machine and pushing one side of the gasket caused the other side to poke out; and all with minimal burning to my hands!!
          whew. Back to drinking coffee.
          thanks again team!

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