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Chanty
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:27pm
Subject: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

Hi, really hoping someone can answer this.  I have a Gaggia Classic.  Lately I notice when I am doing my double shot basket of espresso--sometimes I see some water dripping over the basket into my espresso cup.  Is this normal or could it be a problem with the machine or handle?  Thanks!!!!
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:41pm
Subject: Re: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

Nearly every time I can think of (leaving room to be incorrect but I doubt it) it is the group gasket that is too old and hard. Normal maint on them is to change them every 6 months or so, how long has it been since you changed yours?

 
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:42pm
Subject: Re: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

It sounds like you are describing a group gasket leak.  It is a "normal" problem when you need a new gasket :)

I guess I am slower than Wayne :)

If not familiar, try here

http://www.bluebox.com.au/jcrayon/gaggia/

 
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 6:31pm
Subject: Re: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

Oh-oh. Last time it was replaced was a little over a year ago by someone doing maintenance on my machine.  Is this hard to replace?  Anyplace in particular to buy from?  Thanks.  Sigh.....very UNmechanically Minded.
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 7:04pm
Subject: Re: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

I found a wholelatte love youtube on how to remove & install new gasket.  Seems pretty simple.  Tried finding the part though & it says either 8.5mm gasket or 9mm gasket.  Which is it for a Gaggia Classic?  Thanks!
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 7:06pm
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The how to is linked above, bluebox, so you can decide the difficulty.  Most users do their own.  The difficulty may be removing the dispersion disk under the screen. The correct thickness is 8.5 mm and many sellers offer them.  Best to call the seller and confirm the fit.

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Another way to remove the dispersion disk or shower holding plate.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/365095

 
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 7:12pm
Subject: Re: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

I have seen 8.5 and 9 mm gaskets claimed to fit.  I believe the 8.5 is the recommended.  Here is an interesting link.  They are selling the 9mm and some claim that it works.  See the review by Tex and he specifies 8.5 mm.

http://www.espressoparts.com/G_55

 
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 7:28pm
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8.5 mm is what you want.
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 8:19pm
Subject: Re: Gagga Classic-possible machine or handle problem
 

Thanks all.  This seems fairly simple.  We remove the shower holding plate every other time I descale, obviously removing the shower screen every time and in between descalings to clean.  Good to know about the size.  I will make sure I get the 8.5 mm.
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 8:22pm
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Great, let us know when you are enjoying good espresso again :)

 
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