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Phil_In_Ottawa
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 12:15pm
Subject: Removing Group Head Diffuser
 

Hi,

I have a Vibiemme Double Domobar.

I am trying to remove the Group Head Diffuser and I'm having a very hard time getting it to unscrew.

Can anyone tell me which direction I'm supposed to turn to unscrew the diffuser. As I'm looking up at it, should I turn clockwise or counterclockwise? Or, to put it another way, should I unscrew it turning towards the steam wand or towards the hot water wand? I think I should be turning towards the steam wand but it won't budge.

Also, is it better to work when the machine is cold? In other words, does the diffuser expand a little when it's hot making it harder to unscrew?

Thanks for your help.
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Phil_In_Ottawa
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 2:18pm
Subject: Re: Removing Group Head Diffuser
 

Never mind, I figured it out.

First, I think it's much easier to remove the diffuser when the machine has completely cooled down. Or, at least, that's when I was finally able to unscrew it.

And, to answer my question, you turn counterclockwise (looking up from below at the group head) to unscrew. In other words, turn the screwdriver towards the steam wand.

Hope this helps someone else in the future.
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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 8:15am
Subject: Re: Removing Group Head Diffuser
 

If you don't have the user manual (the downloadable one), you should definitely get it. It has an enormous amount of information - much, much more than is typically found in user manuals. It was written by Randy Glass (frcn), and is available on Stefano's Espresso Care as a free download.  I, personally, think every prosumer DB machine owner would benefit from having it.  Also, Randy has a couple of great videos and other tutorials on maintenance for your machine (he owns the same machine as you) on his website, www.espressomyespresso.com (also worthwhile and useable for other brand prosumer DB owner).

 
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Posted Wed Jan 22, 2014, 7:11am
Subject: Re: Removing Group Head Diffuser
 

emradguy Said:

If you don't have the user manual (the downloadable one), you should definitely get it. It has an enormous amount of information - much, much more than is typically found in user manuals. It was written by Randy Glass (frcn), and is available on Stefano's Espresso Care as a free download.  I, personally, think every prosumer DB machine owner would benefit from having it.  Also, Randy has a couple of great videos and other tutorials on maintenance for your machine (he owns the same machine as you) on his website, www.espressomyespresso.com (also worthwhile and useable for other brand prosumer DB owner).

Posted January 15, 2014 link

Thanks for the reply.

I downloaded a copy of Randy's manual even before I received my DD and it's been a great help. And even though it mentions removing the diffuser, it doesn't say which direction to turn. But I've got that figured out now so it's all good.

I guess now I'll have to go have a look at his videos and see what else I can learn.

Thanks again.
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