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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012, 5:00pm
Subject: Can I tighten a steam wand valve?
 

Hey all, I have a Silvia v3. When I close the valve after steaming, it takes ~4 or so seconds for the steam to slow down. Is there a way to tighten the valve itself? Should I clean it and get new gaskets? Or is this just the norm? It isn't super irritating, but I steam before pulling the shot so every second counts...

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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 4:15pm
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No ideas at all? Perhaps my thread name wasn't catchy :)
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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 5:56pm
Subject: Re: Can I tighten a steam wand valve?
 

4 seconds seems like a long time. Especially since the path from teh valve to the tip is relatively short. Are you closing it tight enough? How old is it? The valves are easy enough to rebuild. Maybe post a video of it for others to see who own the same verion to compare, but it sounds like the valve would use a new cock gasket.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 6:10pm
Subject: Re: Can I tighten a steam wand valve?
 

THanks for the response. Yea, I'm closing it very tight, I'm almost uncomfortable with the amount of pressure I use. The machine is an early version V3, I think the previous owner got it around 2009. I'll post a video steaming water in a glass tomorrow.

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Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 7:15am
Subject: Re: Can I tighten a steam wand valve?
 

It does sound like it needs attention, my Silvia stops nearly instantly when turned off and the spring loaded valves on my ECM only take about a second to bleed off pressure from the steam system and it has much longer pipes than the Silvia.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 2:51pm
Subject: Re: Can I tighten a steam wand valve?
 

Ok, here is the aforementioned video:
Aforementioned video

Looks like I should rebuild it, it appears to stay open for a lot longer than I thought. I really had to crank the nob to close it all the way... Yesterday the boiler was a little low also (ran the hot water pump through the steam wand for ~6 seconds before water came out), I certainly don't want to burn the element out.

 
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Posted Sat Sep 29, 2012, 6:53pm
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Hi Nick,

Did you end up rebuilding your valve?  If so, did it solve your problem?  Thanks!

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