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MarsS
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 12:32pm
Subject: La Pavoni Gaskets
 

Hi all,

My pre-2K Europicolla is dribbling with the lever in the up position, and almost running freely when the steam pressure is in the boiler.

Could it be as simple as a gasket set?

Thanks
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 6:23pm
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MarsS Said:

My pre-2K Europicolla is dribbling with the lever in the up position, and almost running freely when the steam pressure is in the boiler.
Could it be as simple as a gasket set?

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Yes, it probably is as simple as that.  If you haven't serviced the seals in the last couple of years they are likely hard and not sealing very well.

I buy my La Pavoni seals from OE, and they have worked out well.
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Posted Tue Aug 13, 2013, 4:53pm
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Gaskets
 

MarsS Said:

My pre-2K Europicolla is dribbling with the lever in the up position, and almost running freely when the steam pressure is in the boiler.

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When the lever is in the up position, the piston is above the port from the boiler.
If there's a higher pressure in the boiler than atmosphere, the water will run freely, through the grouphead and out.
If it is running freely through your grounds and out through the portafilter, I'd first suspect that your grounds are too coarse or too dried/oxidized to provide much resistance.
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Posted Tue Aug 27, 2013, 12:22am
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Gaskets
 

Yes, if you raise the lever enough water will flow. That's what it's designed to do or you wouldn't brew any coffee.

If it dribbles in the down position you probably need new piston gaskets.
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