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agshep
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 6:08pm
Subject: Servicing a Professional.
 

I had my La Pavoni Professional serviced professionally nine months ago ($165) however seals have been erupting since to the point that it's no longer safe. Arguments with the shop have been futile and to be honest, if they couldn't do it properly the first time, they're unlikely to be able to fix a problem on their second attempt.

I have decided to do a seal-change myself.

The terrible photocopy that came with the seals helps me little.

  1. I would like to know how to remove the sight glass. I just can't get it to budge from the seals.
  2. The safety valve leaks but I can't get a tool into the cylinder to hold the retaining nut in place.
  3. I can't work out whether I'm missing a washer in the steam wand's valve.

Can anyone recommend a reasonable pictorial guide?
Youtube seems to be hopeless with too many videos of how to make coffee and not enough technical stuff.

Thanks in advance.

Angus.
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Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012, 12:29am
Subject: Re: Servicing a Professional.
 

Hi, here's a link to a site with lots of helpful links, check out the 'news' and 'links' section, under the Pavoni section.For the safety valve, i always use a small spark plug socket from my socket set.

http://www.francescoceccarelli.eu/lapavoni_storia_eng.htm
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agshep
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 6:04am
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Thanks, I tried that website but it's all a bit simplistic and misses out details where it would be nice to know what to do.

I'm all done now, thanks to my Kinchrome spanner and socket set  and my wife's diligence in removing fossilised rubber.

Also, the widely-quoted guide to whether you have a pre or post- millenium machine didn't hold true.

That's all.

Angus.
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agshep
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 6:51am
Subject: Re: Servicing a Professional.
 

Actually, I'm not all done.
I destroyed part 53- the sprung pin thing.
Unattractive wire is holding the knob in place.
What can I use/ where should I find a replacement?

And the base leaks enough to trip the fuses so I'm borrowing a Dremel to remove the baked rubber from the boiler element tomorrow.

I don't think the chap who serviced it did a damned thing but replace the top seal (part 2) and polish it up.

Angus.
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Posted Mon Nov 26, 2012, 8:14pm
Subject: Re: Servicing a Professional.
 

You should be able to find a "roll pin" at any bolts/fasteners supply store.
Just know the outside diameter it is holding and length.
Roll Pin Supply info
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Posted Thu Nov 29, 2012, 9:31pm
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