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orphanespresso

#311: Post by orphanespresso »

We have not seen one in person but from what I have observed on La peps only the trim parts are a bit different.

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#312: Post by yakster »

There's a photo of the Termomatica parts diagram on this La Peppina - The Washers thread right here on H-B.

There's also a nice tear-down photo series of photos of the Termomatica on Francesco Ceccarelli's fine lever site which states that the body diameter (at the base where the kettle fits on) is increased by 10 mm so that the kettle base O-ring would have to be larger and also the use of a spring and ball instead of a flat flapper washer.
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Methyltheobromin

#313: Post by Methyltheobromin »

Is the Peppina with the black base really original? I just got one as well, normal Peppina, not Thermomatica, and it seems almost new. I'm currently constantly boiling water in it, to get the smell of paint to vanish. That's why I'm unsure if mine has just been restorde with the black paint (Italian ebay seller stated "come nuovo"), or if there really was a series of black Peppinas and I just happened to get an extremely pristine sample.
On the other hand, the protafilter that came with it is chrome and well used, would have loved to have the matching black portafiler as well.

Does anyone have more information?

Cheers,

Roland

PS: I'll post photos some other time, camera's not available at the moment.

samgiles

#314: Post by samgiles »

I was wondering how people are cleaning the group bits and PF for their Peppinas. I cleaned mine in Cafetto the other day and when drying the inside of the PF with a paper towel I noticed a lot of grey stuff comming off. I guess I usually let them air dry so I've never noticed it. Have I been drinking this stuff? Maybe we all have?

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#315: Post by DJR »

This is one of the reasons I made my bottomless. From what I can tell, I think I'm the only one, though it surprises me, since it is quite an improvement and allows tall cups to go under it.

compliance

#316: Post by compliance »

Started restoring a La Peppina I picked up. It had a lot of build up in the boiler. Here it is after a 3 hour soak in citric acid solution. A lot of the parts came out clean, but there is still a lot of crud around the bottom. Do I keep going with the citric acid or do I have to do something else to get it clean?


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#317: Post by compliance »

I started disassembly. Lots of black crud in the piston chamber, as mentioned in the OE instructions. The 3 group head screws came out with no problem, they were not bound at all. The washer screw on the other hand, that was in tight! I ended up stripping that one and it's stuck :(. I have to get it drilled out, can any machine shop handle that?

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#318: Post by Bluecold »

compliance wrote:Started restoring a La Peppina I picked up. It had a lot of build up in the boiler. Here it is after a 3 hour soak in citric acid solution. A lot of the parts came out clean, but there is still a lot of crud around the bottom. Do I keep going with the citric acid or do I have to do something else to get it clean?

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Citric acid and a toothbrush to scrub those areas clean.
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Carneiro

#319: Post by Carneiro »

The one I sold to a friend was bad as this one, and I had to brush it to clean it. It's at this thread, some pages back.

The heat element was peeling off, as yours seems to be copper nude - I've nickel (or chromed too, don't remember) plated it again, I wonder if this was done to avoid some galvanic corrosion while the boiler has water.

Márcio.

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#320: Post by Spiegelman »

I took the heating element out and soaked it separately in citric acid. But I did not soak the plug connectors. I soaked the area where the element sits as well. I then used a wire brush to clear out the corrosion. The Pollo tool worked a bit but I could not get down the metal with alone. A tooth brush accomplished very little.
I imagine that this whole area should be re-plated but I have not done that. I empty the boiler after most uses so the water does not sit in there. However, I make 1-2 shots a day so it's not sitting empty for long periods of time.