phaelon56 wrote:Jay - what's missing from my tools list?
Snap-ring tool (for steam valves).
Sounds like Rich was talking about the pressurestat.
Good point on all three items. I've gotten by without the snap-ring tool but it was a huge PITA.
I would add to the parts list:
- spare pressure relief valve (maybe)
- spare vacuum breaker valve (definitely)
- a couple of extra cotter pins and hairpin clips for the steam valve/wand assembly.
I don't think of myself as being highly mechanically inclined. Some people, like my late brother, can just look at any mechanical device, quickly figure out how it works and can repair it in a hurry. That's not me. I stumble through with a book and some tools and lots of time. But after I've performed any single procedure once it's way faster and easier the next time.
I'd been doing Linea repairs/service for all of about two weeks and had to do a complete brew boiler swap on a three group AV. It took me 3X as long as it would to do that today but I did it... it worked.... nothing leaked when I was done.... and they were pulling shots the next morning.
Allow time to move slowly when you're first doing any procedure. Take notes, draw diagrams, take digital pictures etc. of any thing you plan to disassemble and even have some write-on type tags if necessary so you can label which wires came from what terminal and know for sure what they need to be reconnected to.
"who still remembers blowing up the brain of a three group AV when I reconnected the wires on the pressurestat to the wrong terminals"