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richwade80 last won the day on December 25 2019

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  1. Thanks Dave, i have that video saved for when i need to replace the seals. i couldn't see anything about just regular cleaning though unless i missed it. i am fairly sure it is just a paper towel job, but wanted to check nobody suggested soaking or anything like that
  2. quick question - is there a specific method to clean the piston before re-greasing? The seals all look fine, it's just a bit.... dirty. i have read of people using fairy liquid and paper towels, or just paper towels. i have also read that the seals need to seal against the bore and not just the shaft so presumably don't want to remove grease from behind the seals... i can't get onto Londinium's forum or else i would read the guide there.
  3. Thanks Dave, i have a pot of molykote so will try that first then. To be honest i don't expect the seals need replacing so that can wait.... do you have a link to the espresso underground seals - i did try but could not find anything
  4. Hi All I am looking at getting some Loxeal No4 grease from Londinium as nowhere else really sells it, so i was considering getting some piston seals at the same time, and probably a group one... but before i do; Are there alternatives which are better for the grease or is Loxeal the best? Londinium sell two versions of piston seals - standard and Londinium - what's the difference? I am aware that Cafelat do one - is there a spec for the exact type, and is it better or worse or no real difference. I hear it is far easier to install.
  5. just pulled a shot on the LR - hmm, this sounds suspiciously quiet. why is the pump not running? turns out the wifi plug has turned the machine off precisely 2mins before i pulled the lever. i got some drips from bpiler pressure pre-infusion, so switched the machine back on and pulled again - i'm from Yorkshire, it's not going to waste in my house. taste - i'm getting earwax notes. still, better than Costa
  6. i should have made beer at Uni, now i know how good that would have been. but then, maybe i shouldn't or i may be in a gutter somewhere by now.
  7. I made beer. Brooklyn Brew Shop Punk IPA, and it’s really quite close. Another drinks related rabbit hole to pour money into!
  8. @waitz to be sure (as this sounds similar) - take the water tank out, and remove the rear panel and just check the plastic fitting under the metal tank housing is not cracked. i recall my profi making a similar noise and i had no water on the floor.... until the next day or so when it was everywhere! i was amazed that the fitting could be cracked and not leaking massively, but it seemed to be that way. it is an issue it seems if you have the original white plastic fitting. easy fix though if it is.
  9. Hi @Dallah ; Sorry for seeing this late. Tapatalk is not giving me any updates. Offer accepted, so long as I’m not too late.
  10. I would expect you would have run some Jelly Beans through in your destruction tests Dave. Surely some unruly minor might do this. I do recall me and a friend trying to blend colouring pencils once... as a child of course!
  11. Getting lots of sweet notes today...
  12. I wash it vigorously, shake it, and wipe it on a towel for good measure. And also the shaving brush... Seriously though, i did get the towel wiping tip online. I don’t hang it. But do leave it out to dry properly. I wonder if it’s hard water related. I don’t think the whole bristles are coming out, rather they are snapping.
  13. I’ve read that as well. Doesn’t seem to make any difference to me either. Oh well I’ll use it till it’s bald.
  14. Is there a definitive guide to caring for a badger brush? I have an Edwin Jagger brush, and it has lost hundreds of hairs over the course of 18 months. In the first few months it would be up to 20 each shave! I queried it and got a replacement, but wondered if it was just my routine. I basically soak it in hotish water while showering, then shave. I haven’t used the replacement yet. I figured I’d destroy the old one first. It now loses a few hairs each go.
  15. On your marks, get set, advise my dad has a Sage DTP and a Niche. he wants another brand new machine for use elsewhere. The niche will be dragged along so grinding is covered. his limit is £600 and he wants a new machine. Small footprint probably the best. The Lelit PL81T looks good but i know little about it. Is anything out there better than that? A silvia?
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