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About Achrys

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  1. Make sure it’s disinfected... 😷
  2. Too big for me - but may suit someone else...? Currently at £150 (London) 50mins left... tick tock..... https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F193301864743
  3. Apologies @El carajillo , I’ve just seen that the stat is threaded, from an old post on here: At least I don’t have to worry about a ‘deeeep’ impact socket now ? learning all the time... ?
  4. I wasn’t sure how the stat was attached, does it just pull out? Assuming if so, it may require a good tug. I was a little perplexed, as it’s listed as another part in the exploded diagram - but didn’t want to force anything just yet. Will have another look at the terminals now - does browning mean it’s about to go? Or just years of use, like a patina? The element was working okay I think (apart from the leaky seal), before I started to dismantle. think I might dismantle the E61 whilst the machine is out of commission for a bit, at least give some bits a good clean and bath!
  5. Great, thanks @MinesAbeer I looked at the chart, and it seems a 2:1 mix with Asda smart pice water should balance it. ?? Now I either need to find a deep 36mm impact socket (to avoid crushing the high temp stat) and wrench to fit my compressor (more toys for the cave), or visit a mechanic friend with some biscuits in hand - as the element appears to be accessible without full removal. Oh, and contact Fracino for that gasket in their Cherub exploded diagram (HEA165). Never realised how miserable I’d be without my machine... ? Really appreciate all the support on this forum ?
  6. Thanks so much @DavecUK I’ll move it to the garage for ‘deconstruction’. Will do a descale first though. Only ever had Tesco Ashbeck bottled water for the 6months or so I’ve had it (apart from the RO route, is there a better bottled choice?). I hope this is the only issue, and can be easily rectified, the rest looks really clean on initial inspection. time to get mucky... and thanks again!
  7. Can anyone offer some advice please? I picked up this lovely machine (Classico/Ariete) from the forum last year, and have had nothing but fun, trying to ‘learn’ the basics and craft! Over the last couple of days, I noticed a feint hissing coming from inside. I thought it may be the pressure release valve, so opened up expecting to do a little manipulation to relieve, or to remove and clean up (assuming the o ring may be buggered). The PRV looked great and was working well, so looked around the other side and saw the image attached (mineral build up?). Couldn’t see any steam, but took the sides off to look further and confirm. Yep, very small stream of steam leaking from the circled area. Question: is this fairly common? Am I able to fix this in situ? Is it as simple as trying to unscrew the element part, clean the thread, and Reposition using some sort of sealant/ptfe tape? My worry is about damaging/twisting the copper boiler, as the element part is brass (it seems?) Or, could it be filed down and sealed somehow - although this sounds like a bodge approach - unless the alternative is a new boiler! help please, I’m pretty handy, but don’t want to make it worse by taking the wrong approach. thanks in advance - I’ll ask my wife to give a foot massage to the best answer. Can’t say she’ll agree, but it’s the thought that counts ??
  8. I’ll try and make mental notes for ‘who has what’. Always seeing ‘bits’ around, but just need to know who it’s good for. Next one! ??
  9. May be a nice project for someone? It says ‘Needs a boiler and element’ - just under 3yrs old. good luck if interested https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2738683896192748/
  10. Achrys

    What’s this?

    Exactly what I thought Re: missing mesh
  11. Achrys

    What’s this?

    Will double up as a plug hole cover ?
  12. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2627948377447606/ maybe a project if it’s fooked?
  13. on FB marketplace. If of any use to anyone? Not a bad price. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/603204737158674/
  14. Yes please if there’s availability. Thanks ??
  15. Exactly - I just have to put my eye up against it. And whoever visits, will be doing the same. 'More coffee and eyelashes anyone...?'
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