Techniques wanted on removing E61 shower screen

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Postby javacrazed » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:18 pm

I removed my shower head and gasket to clean last weekend and scraped the sides of it with the flat head screwdriver. I was wondering if anyone had a technique to use to remove with out damaging it further. I have a ECM/Rocket E61 grouphead. Thanks

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Postby stefano65 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:23 pm

use some food grade silicone grease on the gasket and groove
and remove them more often
this will prevent the gasket to bake in the grouphead
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Postby HB » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:25 pm

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Postby Bob_McBob » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:54 pm

I've always used a spoon. Even my Bezzera's screen that I must have removed at least 100 times while trying to fix a group gasket problem is still fine, and it has a spot welded ring around the edge (easy to bend) you have to pry on.
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Postby earlgrey_44 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:22 pm

stefano65 wrote:use some food grade silicone grease on the gasket and groove
and remove them more often
this will prevent the gasket to bake in the grouphead



Once you get it out, this is the best advice.

It also lets you wipe the inside of the screen and the dispersion screw of accumulating oil that a detergent backflush doesn't quite get. I do this once or twice a week.

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Postby chang00 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:40 pm

I use cannonfodder's idea and added my own twist. I slip some vinyl tubing around the paint opener. The vinyl tubing provides traction and prevents scratch to the group head.


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Postby cafeIKE » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:57 am

javacrazed wrote:I removed my shower head and gasket to clean last weekend and scraped the sides of it with the flat head screwdriver.
Who cares? A scratch doesn't affect the shot 1 iota :!:

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Postby Bob_McBob » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:31 am

cafeIKE wrote:Who cares? A scratch doesn't affect the shot 1 iota :!:


Keying your car doesn't change the way it drives, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take steps to avoid it.
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Postby Koffee Kosmo » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:16 am

I also use a spoon but the handle end as shown above
If you don't want to scratch anything just use a cloth to go between the 2 metal surface contact points

Its not rocket science just common sense
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Postby cafeIKE » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:43 am

Bob_McBob wrote:Keying your car doesn't change the way it drives, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take steps to avoid it.

Um, it's more like a mark on the inside of a wheel well from road debris: Unless you haul your car about in a trailer, it's gonna happen. :wink: