Techniques wanted on removing E61 shower screen

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javacrazed

#1: Post by javacrazed » 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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stefano65
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#2: Post by stefano65 » 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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Bob_McBob

#4: Post by Bob_McBob » 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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#5: Post by earlgrey_44 » 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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chang00

#6: Post by chang00 » 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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cafeIKE

#7: Post by cafeIKE » 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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Bob_McBob

#8: Post by Bob_McBob » replying to cafeIKE » Aug 18, 2010, 2:31 am

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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Koffee Kosmo

#9: Post by Koffee Kosmo » 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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cafeIKE

#10: Post by cafeIKE » 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: