Did you color the burr and spin by hand before reassembly?mlunsford27 wrote:when I had the grinder reassembled, I colored the outer part of the bottom burr blue with a washable marker and ran the motor, moving the adjustment arms until the burrs barely touched for a few seconds. Only about half the circumference of the top burr had blue on it.
If you go through all the hassle of alignment, it would be a very big disappointment indeed to reassemble without first checking only to find that you had to pull it all apart to try again. I don't reassemble I've first verified that the alignment is perfect. That means all I have on the bench is the motor plate, with grind chamber and motor attached and i pull the upper burr to check alignment (and make corrections as needed) before reassembly.
Its very possible. In order to access the screws that secure the grind chamber, the guts of the grinder need to be set on the workbenches upside down. I set it on the throat of the upper burr carrier, so the motor is pointing up and the levers would need to be pressed downwards in this orientation to bring the burrs together. As has been mentioned by others, one can simply press down on the brass block that the LBC rides on to square the burrs up, but the levers to offer a bit more, well, leverage.Quester wrote:Peter, do you think some people might get confused about what "down" on the levers means?
I trust you mean you placed the paper where there was blue? The burrs touch where the blue is removed...mlunsford27 wrote:What I ended up doing was putting some paper between the top burr and top burr carrier where there was no blue (where the burrs didn't touch) to better align the burrs.
There is no shame in paper shims. Just remember that using shims with ceramic burrs is a bad idea, as they can break if the mounting surface isn't seated squarely on the burr carrier.