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by steve96822
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

Good idea and fast.

Below also look decent though requires a little time to make.
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by steve96822
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gaskets Available for La Spaziale, Slayer, La Marzocco, Synesso, Mavam
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Silicone Gaskets Available for La Spaziale, Slayer, La Marzocco, Synesso, Mavam

Typically available on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/302867101125?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 3 Year La Spaziale Gasket Inspection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT9lzZmFxLg https://youtu.be/rlZOjjno6XI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os2_qBYc5N4 https://www.youtube.com/wat...
by steve96822
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 35
Views: 15693

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

After about 6 months I started having an issue with the silicone gasket on my GS/3. The portafilter would start to rotate off 1/2 way through the shot with water starting to pour out over the top. If not watched, the PF could actually fall off. Yesterday I decided to take it off and inspect it. Due...
by steve96822
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 35
Views: 15693

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

I noticed this thread and interesting posts including photos of my silicone gasket after time. I use the original one and have not noticed any decline in function. In January 2015 I made a video showing the gasket integrity after 8 months (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvkrbSWXciI) This last week ...
by steve96822
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

"Where did you get the parts kit?"


Fluid O Tech USA .. about 36 usd plus shipping



Fluid-o-Tech International, Inc. Tel 860-276-9270

161 Atwater Street Fax 860-620-0193

Plantsville, CT 06479 www.fluidotech.com
by steve96822
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

One comment on oil/grease soaked rag trick to remove graphite. I would use a water soaked rag rather than oil/grease because you dont want oil/grease to find its way into the valve.
by steve96822
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

What standard tool that I might already have can be used in place of the internal bearing puller?" ROTARY PUMP .png Some options; Front flange and rotor and rotor components come out easily. Then you are left with #graphite liner and #graphite rear flange, mechanical seal and spring. Using hacksaw b...
by steve96822
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

PS; You do not absolutely need the internal bearing pullers to do this rebuild.

May be possible to remove old graphite components without breaking by soaking in vinegar solution overnight as it may be mineral buildup causing the adhesion.

Can be tapped out from rotor shaft opening also.
by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Reattach pump in reverse order, turn on water and plug in power. Test. Rebuild manual says pumps are typically bench tested so you may need to run it a bit. My pump shaft initiall a bit difficult to turn after cover plate compressed and C ring place but resolving on its own. No visible water leaking.
by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

With new rubber O ring on top of front flange and metal cover plate I used a C clamp to compress adequately enabling C ring reinsertion.You may need to squeeze C ring into recess, I used a vice grip.
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

I used a gentle combination of hand and rubber mallet to get it in. Was not difficult. Once internal assembly in inserted you can push it in and feel the spring tension and release it and it pops up . P1050208.JPG P1050209.JPG P1050211.JPG P1050212.JPG Can see the rubber O ring above front flange an...
by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Carefully position the internal assembly into brass housing in the correct position while insuring the flange alignment pin is in place.
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Next place graphite liner (middle graphite component) over rotor vane assembly and than place graphite front flange on top. Rotate 3 graphite components so the 3 alignment slots become one. I used a small amt of scotch tape to hold assembly together. I cleaned any tape residue before final assembly....
by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Vane pins correct positioning depicted though not inserted into rotor yet.
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Vane pins inserted and in correct position . (flat sides touching. You also see graphite vanes correctly positioned in rotor. Note convex ends face outwards
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Rotor inserted into back flange. Can see vane pin holes
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Insertion of white ceramic disk in rubber gasket
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

WRONG WAY to install graphite seal ring on rotor shaft. In addition spring is missing.
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Cleaned brass housing internally
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Original internal components that came out intact. Front graphite
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flange Metal rotor, 4 graphite vanes, alignment pin and 2 vane pins
by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Vinegar water soak to remove minerals. Since I did not mess with adjustment valve nor replace its O ring I just used vinegar rather than a strong de mineralizing chemical.
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Old internal components post removal
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Internal bearing puller set for motorcycles
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Remove old internal components. I used an motorcycle internal bearing puller and a socket set extension through coupleing side of pump. Rubber mallet helped. Some force required to get out old components most of which broke.
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

C clip and metal cover plate removed to expose rubber O ring on front flange and front end of metal rotor
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Remove rubber O ring
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Remove C clip . with needle nose plier or C clip tool. Note the clip tool must squeeze inward. I initially used the opposite tool applying inward pressure with a vise grip (not shown in photo).
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Pump outer housing cleaned
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Inspect and clean if need be the bearing area of motor collar. Here can see residue of aluminum corrosion from pump water leak. Ceramic bearing seen.
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Water damage on coupling side of pump
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Remove motor-pump coupling collar
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Remove pump. Dont misplace brass coupling that links pump shaft to motor shaft
by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Remove water inlet connection . 17mm wrench
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Remove water outlet connection . 14 mm wrench
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Pump exposed on anterior view
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Bottom view pump access
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by steve96822
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it...........

Remove 2 screws faceplate and remove faceplate

Turn on back
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Pump exposed anterior view
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by steve96822
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3854

Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

Heres a brief introduction to cover some fears overcome. not sure if I will manage to post complete step by step with photos at this sitting. Caveats My great fear was knowing the internal rebuild components were graphite and I likened it to graphite in a pencil, fragile, break easy. I was worried a...
by steve96822
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Pressure Profiling with Variable Speed AC motor
Replies: 0
Views: 1500

Pressure Profiling with Variable Speed AC motor

If theres any electrical engineers or the like please weigh in. What about swapping the LS rotary standard fixed speed motor with an AC variable speed motor and controller such as https://catalog.orientalmotor.com/viewitems/dsc-series-ac-speed-control-motors/6w-dsc-speed-control-motors https://www.e...
by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Proper alignment of output line for pump replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Proper alignment of output line for pump replacement

I think the very first time you work on an espresso machine is trying. After that it gets better. Teflon tape is your best friend I will rebuild my pump. After watching a pump rebuild video realize it is not difficult but quite interesting. The brass pump body is typically in good condition anyway. ...
by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise
Replies: 7
Views: 2110

Re: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology

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This is posterior half of motor casing. Condition inside is excellent
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Motor removed, casing split and separated done at back of machine. No electrical wired were disconnected.
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This stuff is great and NSF to boot
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klyNdWiCpN0&t=660s
by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise
Replies: 7
Views: 2110

Re: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology

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Baking 101 . = . Well done bearing
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Pump reattached. Note I repositioned the copper drain tupe to place it to the left rather than behind where water it released was missing the tray and rusting the chassis.
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Closed side of bearing.
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Pump
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Since the motor was already out I added rubber under the capacitor and resecured it to lower possibility of noise. Scotch tape was high tech solution LOL
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by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise
Replies: 7
Views: 2110

Re: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology

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Motor collar with Zirconia bearing ready to attach pump.
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Zirconia bearing installed on motor armature
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Bearing collar. Don't lose. Need this to make new bearing fit.
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Plastic spacers on shaft help position bearing correctly. Marks in mine are from feeble attempts with hand tools to remove old bearing.
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Machine turned on back shows easy access for pump and plumbing attachment.
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by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise
Replies: 7
Views: 2110

Re: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology

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Zirconia bearing . (open end) face this side towards motor
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by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise
Replies: 7
Views: 2110

Re: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology

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Close up corroded bearing. Note coupling. (Small brass piece that connects the pump shaft to the motor shaft) was literally fused to the motor shaft. WD40, wait and used incrementally larger sheet metal screws to wedge it loose.
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by steve96822
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise
Replies: 7
Views: 2110

Frozen Corroded motor bearing, baking 101 and dental implant technology Added video bearing noise

Take ample photos of everything to include plumbing and electrical wiring and all else you will mess with. Symptoms; 10 year old Viv 1 machine not used for 1 month scraping noise during shot . I have video with scraping noise but have yet to figure out how to attach it to this port. then motor sile...
by steve96822
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:18 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: High Tech Steam Boiler Gasket call for interest
Replies: 9
Views: 2800

Re: High Tech Steam Boiler Gasket call for interest

Thanks for your input and support. I wasn't aware that LS charges that much for a single gasket. I ordered my oem style replacement gasket from an aftermarket supplier but they only use DHL so I had to pay significantly more for the order. If you have ever opened the coffee boiler to inspect the ele...
by steve96822
Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: High Tech Steam Boiler Gasket call for interest
Replies: 9
Views: 2800

Re: High Tech Steam Boiler Gasket call for interest

Thus far no replies. Can I assume the steam boiler gasket is a low interest part ?
by steve96822
Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 220v Machines? Mini-Vivaldi II too?
Replies: 23
Views: 7510

Re: 220v Machines? Mini-Vivaldi II too?

Try inquiring at sovrana.com

I know for a fact LS USA stocks 220v parts
by steve96822
Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: High Tech Steam Boiler Gasket call for interest
Replies: 9
Views: 2800

High Tech Steam Boiler Gasket call for interest

s1 boiler gasket drawing.PNG Hi everyone. I developed the silicone grouphead gaskets for S1 and other La Spaziale espresso machines. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive thus far. Thank you. I have not received any negative reports yet. After I spent hours to dig out the oem steam boiler g...
by steve96822
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 V1 control buttons less responsive
Replies: 1
Views: 833

S1 V1 control buttons less responsive

Anyone have experience with this? Can it be taken apart and cleaned? These are power, boiler, 1 cup 2 cup on front of machine.

Thanks
by steve96822
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Can't open the brew boiler!
Replies: 18
Views: 5951

Re: Can't open the brew boiler!

I have had luck using an oil filter wrench. The king with an adjustable chain grasp loop. Use a new wrench as you dont need motor oil around your coffee machine. You can also wrap a rag around brew boiler rear plate to protect surface. You can slip a pipe over the wrench end to increase leverage. Th...
by steve96822
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler Plastic tubing type? Plastic?
Replies: 3
Views: 2475

Boiler Plastic tubing type? Plastic?

Anyone know what plastic is used?
by steve96822
Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:30 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

P_20151221_195535_NT.jpg P_20151221_195550_NT.jpg In retrospect I think there is a scientific reason why my boiler pressure was not stopping at red-green area. I had cleaned the temperature sensor and it seemed to fix the problem but is happened again. I think I had let a lot of hot water out of st...
by steve96822
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler heating element sheath material
Replies: 0
Views: 6975

Boiler heating element sheath material

It seems the S1 coils are sheathed in copper.

Other espresso machines seem to also use stainless steel and or perhaps Incoloy.

Welcome discussion on this. Any engineers here?
by steve96822
Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Actually there is big time failure below water line but it still worked. any stainless steel heating elements available?

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by steve96822
Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20PCS-M6-Series ... 76ih-t-Q8w

A2 = 304 Stainless steel

Vivaldi Steam Boiler top plate bolts

These should fit
by steve96822
Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:56 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

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Thanks for bolt info.

Heres another question; The plastic cap of the thermostat came off (brittle) I can glue it back together if it will not make a difference.

See pics
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

boiler nut 2.jpg The adventure continues' One of the steam boiler bolts will not thread normally. I removed all of them with dilligence and now have no idea why it wont start. All the other bolts were tried in multiple holes and work. Wher can I get a new bolt? Dont see it on the Ricambi pdf. I may...
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Solved coffee boiler; one of the leads got disconnected to heating element. Now working
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Before I disconnected the steam boiler wiring all worked fine. I suspect the board needs to detect everything connected at least electrically.
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Boiler off button did stop the filling but coffee boiler never got hot
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Just tried to use S1 , powered on and immediately steam boiler began to refill. Shut off boiler but coffee boiler never got hot.
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Thanks. When I turn on the S1 will the steam boiler water start refilling? What I need to know is if I need to secure the steam boiler top? Actually much of the coil at water level has midline splitting and shows the white packing material. Strange indeed. Any sources you know of for a 220V element?
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

One more question if I may;

With wires from steam boiler disconnected can I use machine just for espresso ? Even if steam boiler top plate is off?
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Suggestions on best way to remove nuts that hold heating element in place??
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

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by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:41 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

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Source for 220V S1 heating element anyone??? Gasket is likely same as 110 volt model
by steve96822
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Better culprit;

Opened steam boiler. Heating element sheath near top plate split exposing heating element ant white color internal packing. Virtually no scaling noted anywhere.


Also splitting seen in spiral looping. Maybe thats why it is slower to reach pressure.
by steve96822
Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Re: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

frachlitz wrote:Scale on the heating-element could be the culprit

Good thought. Would scale buildup cause a gradual slowing of pressure rise rather than an abrupt slowing?
by steve96822
Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure
Replies: 25
Views: 11631

Steam Boiler slow to raise pressure

Normally once a certain point is reached the steam boiler pressure rises fairly quickly however recently it has become quite slow to reach pressure.


Once it does however there is ample steam.
by steve96822
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Overheating
Replies: 60
Views: 18601

Re: Steam Boiler Overheating

Just cleaned the old one. It looked pristine but I wiped it with alcohol anyway and avoided touching it with my hands.

I wonder if possible external and internal corrosion of the threaded receptacle could have interfered with the temperature sensing ability?
by steve96822
Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Overheating
Replies: 60
Views: 18601

Re: Steam Boiler Overheating

P_20150225_152437.jpg P_20150225_153431.jpg P_20150225_152801.jpg P_20150225_153301.jpg P_20150225_152506.jpg Follow up with happy ending # used an allen key to remove temp probe receptacle. did not need to take apart chassis. just remove top grill. # with probe and wire out filled cavity with vine...
by steve96822
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:37 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

If you need La Spaziale Silicone grouphead gaskets can email me / paypal me silasket@gmail.com 7 USD a piece including standard international airmail. For registered add 3 USD 3 or more pieces in a single order-destination and I will pay for registered airmail. For registered airmail orders it is a ...
by steve96822
Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Overheating
Replies: 60
Views: 18601

Re: Steam Boiler Overheating

Thank you Professor Chas for the excellent information. I attached a pic of my steam boiler to confirm the part referred to. Red arrow. Maybe #8919 ? is new sensor Is this new part limited to some 110 volt USA machines? Today fired up steam boiler and initially worked fine, pressure needle at green ...
by steve96822
Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:41 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Overheating
Replies: 60
Views: 18601

Re: Steam Boiler Overheating

Let me join this one. S1 Vivaldi first generation 220volt Boiler lights keeps flashing and pressure gauge continues well into red and OPV opens around #2 with on/off louder bursts. Is this the temperature sensor failing ?? If so can it be revitalized/fixed/cleaned, etc etc or is a new one the only s...
by steve96822
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Pretzel grouphead gasket after 8 months. Had the bottom cut out of a portafilter. Pour is too fast? E61 also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvkrbSWXciI
by steve96822
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Just PM me for the gaskets. Or see the La Spaziale videos for email info on youtube search "silasket gasket" I can accept paypal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcus73rmIz0
by steve96822
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Please note these S1 gaskets are currently available 2 for 14USD including standard airmail shipping. If you would like registered trackable shipping please add 3.00. There is no profit on shipping and actually runs me more than 3.00. Need a tel number also for either shipping method. These gaskets ...
by steve96822
Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:05 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

I am swayed to your view. Given how pliable the silicone material is removal is unlikely to be a problem. On the other hand, as you suggest, gunk could build up under the chamfered edge. It seems to me that the three gaskets we have obtained should last the life of the S1. That is my intent. A very...
by steve96822
Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Let me thank everybody again for the vote of confidence in ordering gaskets. I have read online proponents of bevel edge up AND bevel edge down. My personal thoughts, experiences and hypotheses ; # it seems the bevel edge up facilitates entry into the channel # bevel edge down creates a space for wa...
by steve96822
Mon May 26, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: No water from hot water tap
Replies: 8
Views: 4591

Re: No water from hot water tap

A followup; Upon looking inside housing and inside boiler I discovered an occluded outlet. Mineral deposit was the culprit and easily cleared blockage, sort of like doing an embolectomy. As an idea, a possible way to clear a mineral obstruction would be t open hot water valve and use a wound guitar ...
by steve96822
Sat May 24, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

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According to La Marzoco official schematic there are 4 variations of gaskets, 2 of which are flat on both top and bottom. See attached
by steve96822
Sat May 24, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt5DPRK36Hc

Video to show functionality of gasket
by steve96822
Sat May 24, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Thanks Bob. Will send out on Monday.
by steve96822
Fri May 23, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19999

Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

S1silasket_in_group.JPG Silicone Portafilter Group Gaskets for S1 Spaziale now available Please see video which includes pulling shot and back-flush pressure test. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt5DPRK36Hc&feature=youtu.be After development and testing on my own Vivaldi S1 # Superior heat resilien...
by steve96822
Wed May 21, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

Steve: With your contacts in this area, do you know if there are any silicone gaskets being made yet specifically for the LM GS/3. As I noted previously, I tried some 58mm gaskets intended for E61 group machine but they were too thick by about 1.5-2mm. Chas, Its interesting that you ask. A friend h...
by steve96822
Wed May 21, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

I want to say thank you to those who give me their vote of confidence and ordered gaskets. They are all en-route with the exception of the very recently ones placed today, which will ship tomorrow.

I look forward to your feedback once you have them installed.
by steve96822
Mon May 19, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

S-4crop.jpg S-1crop.jpg S1 Silicone Gaskets Available NOW Please refer to my first post in this topic for more pics. Prototype S1 gaskets were black silicone however natural silicone was eventually chosen as to # not add chemical colorant to a food safe spec gasket # gaskets are notched to facilita...
by steve96822
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

How about red? If you look at the Cafelat gaskets both the red and blue look pretty nice. Someone should contact Cafelat and see where they stand regarding Vivaldi gaskets. They clearly have the production issues and hardness down and are producing gaskets in more sizes. While I appreciate your wil...
by steve96822
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

A light color so grinds and oil would be easier to see. Sort of my thought roo. Although it supposed to be food safe typically medical grade silicone is natural color, like a translucent gel. Likely the colorant adds additional chemicals. One the gasket is in place it doesn't matter what color it is.
by steve96822
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Color Consensus Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

Out of curiosity

Can we get some consensus regarding the best color for gaskets?


I am looking into making them in quantity and be able to offer at a lower cost. I would pay for production and thus take some risk.
by steve96822
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

I would be interested in trying a silicone gasket. - Are you suggesting making these yourself, or contracting them out? - Have you discussed this project with Chris at CC? He may be willing/interested in supporting it and handling the sales/shipping. - Cafelat is now producing silicone gaskets for ...
by steve96822
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 13561

Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

2014-03-25 08.21.10.jpg 2014-03-25 08.04.05.jpg 2014-03-25 08.16.38.jpg 2014-03-25 08.02.19.jpg 2014-03-25 08.01.46.jpg I have been researching this for a while since the rubber gaskets become hard, brittle, leak and must be replace fairly regularly depending on time machine is left on and use. One...
by steve96822
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is up?)
Replies: 14
Views: 4530

Re: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is

Typically there is a ridiculous handling charge added to price of gasket. Where I am in the world they are not easy to come by. Already had the RTV silicone. It takes less time to put silicone on the alternate gasket than it does to place an online order then waiting for arrival. Now have readily av...
by steve96822
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:57 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is up?)
Replies: 14
Views: 4530

Re: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is

Was curious about using a different group gasket. found a nearly identical gasket rated for boiling water. The inside diameter is essentially identical as the original. The outer diameter is slightly smaller as is the height. This gasket cost 1.70 usd # Alternate gasket fit well as inner ring diamet...
by steve96822
Sun May 06, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 19748

Re: motor/pump noise

Just to say "Thanks" to everyone that helped. Re; comp fitting leak. I used #1000 wet sandpaper to finish compression end, teflon tape, and so far no leak. A friend (jokingly?) suggested it was spoons and cups on the warming tray that were jittering causing the noise LOL, after many hours of disasse...
by steve96822
Sun May 06, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 19748

Re: motor/pump noise

RESOLVED; I sprayed white lithium grease compound on bearings and motor armature. Reassembled, capacitor securely mounted. NOISE GONE. Sounds new. Just hear that lovely swoosh. Now I have a slow drip/leak at pump outlet compression fitting. What to do???? if it doesn't reseat itself and stop....
by steve96822
Sun May 06, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 19748

Re: motor/pump noise

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Since the motor is apart, should I spray white lithium grease in and in the bearings also?
by steve96822
Sun May 06, 2012 6:01 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 19748

Re: motor/pump noise

Out of curiosity can a pump be repaired ? Is there any sense in taking it apart ?
by steve96822
Sun May 06, 2012 5:56 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: motor/pump noise
Replies: 32
Views: 19748

Re: motor/pump noise

capacitor.jpg bearing_core.jpg armature.jpg motor end to pump.JPG Machine disassembled. Motor and pump removed. (see pics) There was a small amount of grey residue on floor of motor casing but drain hole was clean and wide open. Bearings appear to be squeaky clean. Rotate easily with no noise. I am...

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