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I am ashamed to say I haven’t ever whipped the piston out on my L-R until this morning, 20 months from new.

 

It isn’t complicated. 4 x 4mm Alan bolts hold it on and they were easily removed. Slide it up and out and this is what I found:

 

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A good clean under running hot water and using a little brush to clean in the gaps and it was as good as new again. The seals look pretty much perfect to me.

 

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Another check round for the last bits and bobs then a light wipe of grease and back together again.

 

It’s like having a new machine! Even though there wasn’t any abnormal behaviour I am pretty sure the handle action is smoother.


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:) Dirty Girl haha How dare you leave it so long,ha

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It will feel smoother after the greasing.

 

I find that the seals dont totally fail but they harden, probably quicker than normal due to the heat. I'm on my third set since late 2014 which is a set roughly every two years. Time for me to order a replacement set I think.


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I took mine apart after a month of daily use just out of curiosity, but it was too clean to worry.

 

Did you pull down the lever N times (is it 30?) after re-greasing? Supposedly that gets rid of excess grease that could clog the shower screen.

 

While we are at it, what’s the cleaning regime for Londiniums? Mine is:

* espazolla every day

* soak shower screen and basket every fortnight or so

* use filtered soft water so descaling is not needed

Anything else?! It’s just so simple in that regard...

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I've read elsewhere that this should be done every 12 months, just to keep everything happy.


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Just taken the piston out of what is, as of yesterday, my old L-R.

It's a good 12 months possibly 18, since this was out. No crud but the inevitable dark staining from coffee tannins.

It was operating as smooth as a babies bum but I will take the opportunity to renew the seals and re-lube.

Toothpaste is a good agent for bringing the condition of the brass up.

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I wizz the Espazolla in the group following every session, so 4 times a day.

It takes only seconds and other than a wipe over is about as high as maintenance gets outside of doing the piston.

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Just taken the piston out of what is, as of yesterday, my old L-R.

It's a good 12 months possibly 18, since this was out. No crud but the inevitable dark staining from coffee tannins.

It was operating a smooth as a babies bum but I will take the opportunity to renew the seals and re-lube.

Toothpaste is a good agent for bringing the condition of the brass up.

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I wizz the Espazolla in the group following every session, so 4 times a day.

It takes only seconds and other than a wipe over is about as high as maintenance gets outside of doing the piston.

 

I can only manage twice a day!


2019 L-R with hand turned Thuya burr handles and toggles / Monolith Titan Flat & Conical, MAX Flat on order  / HG-1 / Kalita wave / Stag kettle / OCD / Joey Skateboard Handle Pullman Big Step & matching stirrer / Wenge Handle Lev Tamp / Push Tamper / Puqpress / 15g & 18g vst / IMS 35μM / LDT / Barista Gear Titanium 12oz pitchers / LW Bean Cellars & Caddy / Decent thermometer / Acme Evo 150ml cups / Espazzola / Hottop / embroidered by me bar towels / in the cellars: Steampunk, North Star, Foundry, The Barn, HasBean, Coffee Compass / part-time LSOL participant / 6 gorgeous guineas / a dog / a very lovely husband 

 

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@Snakehips having re read your post I think there is something you may wish to share with us?!


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Just taken the piston out of what is, as of yesterday, my old L-R.

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Intriguing, are you planning a big reveal or did I miss it?


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Intriguing, are you planning a big reveal or did I miss it?

 

I think he’s building up to the big reveal!!!


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@Snakehips having re read your post I think there is something you may wish to share with us?!

 

Share?! Not even you are getting one of my Dolly Mixtures!


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Intriguing, are you planning a big reveal or did I miss it?

I already done a little reveal Joe....

 

http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?40370-Free-Pour-Anytime&p=655295#post655295


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Share?! Not even you are getting one of my Dolly Mixtures!

 

Stuff your Dolly Mixtures - maybe I can get my hands on your new machine instead :)


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Did you get the digital pre infusion upgrade?

 

Yes and no !

 

Originally, I ordered the upgrade kit on the 28th Dec, supposedly in stock.

Come 10th Jan it transpired that there was a delay waiting for a component.

That's when, not for the first time, Mrs Snakehips said:" For goodness sake, I don't know why you don't just get a new machine and be done with it!"

So I did ! ;) A new LR that is.

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Yes and no !

 

Originally, I ordered the upgrade kit on the 28th Dec, supposedly in stock.

Come 10th Jan it transpired that there was a delay waiting for a component.

That's when, not for the first time, Mrs Snakehips said:" For goodness sake, I don't know why you don't just get a new machine and be done with it!"

So I did ! ;) A new LR that is.

 

So do new L-R's come with it fitted as stock?


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This is a picture from one of the La Pavonis I have bought

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The portafilter minus the basket

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So do new L-R's come with it fitted as stock?

 

Yes, now standard as from mid December 2018. The digital PI control unit is housed on the rhs and currently, you need to remove panels to access it :(

It is easy enough to remove a push fit top panel fixing pin so that you can access the module by easily removing just the side panel. The unit is wireless enabled. Anybody with the know how could write a simple app. However, Londinium have said that their custom App should be available within a couple of months. Watch this space.

 

The PI control unit is available as a retro fit upgrade at just under £300 and is not too difficult to fit.


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The portafilter minus the basket
It looks like you have a broken basket still in there! Hope for your sake you didn't try a cup before stripping down.

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It looks like you have a broken basket still in there! Hope for your sake you didn't try a cup before stripping down.

Luckily Nooooo .. :)

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I took mine apart after a month of daily use just out of curiosity, but it was too clean to worry.

 

Did you pull down the lever N times (is it 30?) after re-greasing? Supposedly that gets rid of excess grease that could clog the shower screen.

 

While we are at it, what’s the cleaning regime for Londiniums? Mine is:

* espazolla every day

* soak shower screen and basket every fortnight or so

* use filtered soft water so descaling is not needed

Anything else?! It’s just so simple in that regard...

 

I’m Espaz-ing after morning and evening batches of coffee. The screen is always immaculate whenever I check. And we are using bottled water - Waitrose Lockhills and Volvic. I’m going to check and clean the piston maybe every couple of months.

 

The grease application was minimal but yes, a few flushes and another check of the screen before pulling a shot ;)


2019 L-R with hand turned Thuya burr handles and toggles / Monolith Titan Flat & Conical, MAX Flat on order  / HG-1 / Kalita wave / Stag kettle / OCD / Joey Skateboard Handle Pullman Big Step & matching stirrer / Wenge Handle Lev Tamp / Push Tamper / Puqpress / 15g & 18g vst / IMS 35μM / LDT / Barista Gear Titanium 12oz pitchers / LW Bean Cellars & Caddy / Decent thermometer / Acme Evo 150ml cups / Espazzola / Hottop / embroidered by me bar towels / in the cellars: Steampunk, North Star, Foundry, The Barn, HasBean, Coffee Compass / part-time LSOL participant / 6 gorgeous guineas / a dog / a very lovely husband 

 

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Mine started leaking last night after 13months of daily use. Every night i espaz and clean shower screen and seal.

Another thumbs up for Reiss- despite his and the coffee forum videos of changing the seals, he seemed willing to talk me through the whole process, step by step.

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Did these seals this afternoon.

Once the piston is clean I reckon it's an easy job, using 1off bent meat skewer.

 

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Reminds me of when I would reseal the rams on JCB’s


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