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Date: 11 Mar 2007 21:07:40
From: Marshall
Subject: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
I've been extremely busy the last few months with several projects and
let my backflushing schedule slip "a bit." Instead of my normal
detergent flush every weekend and mid-week water flush, it was more
like detergent every other week and one set of plain water flushes in
between.

The last two or three weeks I noticed I was starting to get occasional
leaks around the portafilter gasket. Well, the gasket is over a year
old, and I just assumed it was hardening. So, I just tightened a
little harder until I got around to buying a new gasket and screen
Friday.

Today I pulled the old ones off. Hmmm. The old gasket was pretty much
like new. But, yuck! the showerhead and inside of the screen were
caked with a thick layer of black residue. There was blockage all over
the screen. Never, ever saw anything like that before.

New, new year's resolution for myself. Don't backslide on
backflushing!

shall




 
Date: 14 Mar 2007 13:39:11
From: DavidMLewis
Subject: Re: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
On 14, 12:36 pm, shall <mrf...@ihatespamearthlink.net > wrote:
> As for talking to Michael and Angelo, that comes under my "education
> and entertainment" time.
>
Respectively? ;)

David



 
Date: 12 Mar 2007 15:19:55
From: I->Ian
Subject: Re: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
On Sun, 11 2007 21:07:40 GMT, shall
<mrfuss@ihatespamearthlink.net > wrote:

>New, new year's resolution for myself. Don't backslide on
>backflushing!

Here's a better one :

Do two plain water BFs after the last shot EVERY day.
Takes less than 30 seconds. Over a whole year, probably less than the
time you _spent_ talking to Michael and Angelo <vbg >

Ian


  
Date: 14 Mar 2007 18:16:56
From: Danny
Subject: Re: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
I- >Ian wrote:

> Here's a better one :
>
> Do two plain water BFs after the last shot EVERY day.
> Takes less than 30 seconds. Over a whole year, probably less than the
> time you _spent_ talking to Michael and Angelo <vbg>
>
> Ian

That's what we do a few times through the day, included in the
end-of-day cleanup, when we wash the pf's and back flush the groups
again. Lever machines can't really be backflushed, but we do the pf
wiggle instead, which certainly leaves the group and seals clean.

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)



   
Date: 14 Mar 2007 19:36:43
From: Marshall
Subject: Re: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
On Wed, 14 2007 18:16:56 +0000, Danny
<danny@nospam.gaggia-espresso.com > wrote:

>I->Ian wrote:
>
>> Here's a better one :
>>
>> Do two plain water BFs after the last shot EVERY day.
>> Takes less than 30 seconds. Over a whole year, probably less than the
>> time you _spent_ talking to Michael and Angelo <vbg>
>>
>> Ian
>
>That's what we do a few times through the day, included in the
>end-of-day cleanup, when we wash the pf's and back flush the groups
>again. Lever machines can't really be backflushed, but we do the pf
>wiggle instead, which certainly leaves the group and seals clean.

Before I got sloppy, I'd been following a home-use regimen borrowed
from Chris of Chris Coffee.

As for talking to Michael and Angelo, that comes under my "education
and entertainment" time.

shall


 
Date: 11 Mar 2007 15:54:39
From: Ken Fox
Subject: Re: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
"shall" <mrfuss@ihatespamearthlink.net > wrote in message
news:e7r8v2ppthlg7uq87klh4qul7s0c83jn19@4ax.com...
> I've been extremely busy the last few months with several projects and
> let my backflushing schedule slip "a bit." Instead of my normal
> detergent flush every weekend and mid-week water flush, it was more
> like detergent every other week and one set of plain water flushes in
> between.
>
> The last two or three weeks I noticed I was starting to get occasional
> leaks around the portafilter gasket. Well, the gasket is over a year
> old, and I just assumed it was hardening. So, I just tightened a
> little harder until I got around to buying a new gasket and screen
> Friday.
>
> Today I pulled the old ones off. Hmmm. The old gasket was pretty much
> like new. But, yuck! the showerhead and inside of the screen were
> caked with a thick layer of black residue. There was blockage all over
> the screen. Never, ever saw anything like that before.
>
> New, new year's resolution for myself. Don't backslide on
> backflushing!
>
> shall

Yeah, those Puly tablets and screens and group gaskets can get kinda
expensive, especially in Los Angeles:-)

ken




  
Date: 11 Mar 2007 22:16:16
From: Marshall
Subject: Re: "Ewww, Gross!" Department
On Sun, 11 2007 15:54:39 -0600, "Ken Fox"
<morceaudemerdeThisMerdeGoes@hotmail.com > wrote:


>Yeah, those Puly tablets and screens and group gaskets can get kinda
>expensive, especially in Los Angeles:-)
>
>ken

For some of us time is money.

shall