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delik
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:51pm
Subject: Original Faema Family Restoration.
 

I was given a Faema Family two years ago and after a year steam started to leak out of the top of the boiler through the element attachment and the water/steam line attachments.  See video click here.   I disassembled it, but turning the 90 degree elbow (top left) for the steam line was a problem because the temperature sensor (top right) which is glued or bonded in some way and would get in the way of unscrewing the 90 degree elbow.  

I've since bought another used Faema Family for $20 at a garage sale.  It was working great for about half a year, but now the same problem.
click here (sorry about the vertical video)

Does it just need some sort of plumbers tape?  How do i take the temperature sensor off without breaking it, and if not, are replacements available?

I think the trouble here is the element as its leaking out of just these terminals.  If I replace the element would that come with the seals to repair this or can I just repair the seals?  If someone can point me in the right direction. I'd love to bring it back to its former glory.

....and for your viewing pleasure.  Faema Family disassembly time-lapse:

click here
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skydragondave
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 9:13am
Subject: Re: Faema Family steam Leak. BONUS: Disassembly Timelapse Video.
 

Your video settings are set to "private". I have not attempted to repair machines at that price point so cannot offer much advice, sorry.
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crazy4espresso
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 11:49am
Subject: Re: Faema Family steam Leak. BONUS: Disassembly Timelapse Video.
 

Looks like you need some new o-rings for the terminals. These are cheap and a new element wouldn't come with them. Might have to use some thread sealant as well, not sure. If by temperature sensor, you mean the thermostats, they should just unscrew off. I couldn't see them, as the video is private.
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delik
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:43pm
Subject: Re: Faema Family steam Leak. BONUS: Disassembly Timelapse Video.
 

Fixed video privacy settings.  Should be all good now.
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delik
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:50pm
Subject: Re: Faema Family steam Leak. BONUS: Disassembly Timelapse Video.
 

These machines sold for $1000 new back in the 80s.  It was a real score finding it for $20 at a community garage sales.  My folks had given me theirs which they had bought new for $1000 some 30 years ago.
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delik
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Posted Tue Dec 3, 2013, 1:14pm
Subject: Re: Original Faema Family Restoration.
 

80% finished stripping the powder coat.  Still undecided on finishing it with a clear coat, dark smokey blue powder coat or depending on how crazy I am, plating it in black nickel.

Opened up the boiler and found the element to be in good condition, but all the seals had seen better days.  Buying new group head seal, boiler seals and element seals from Faema in Montreal.  

Bringing this baby back to new!

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delik
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 3:58pm
Subject: Re: Original Faema Family Restoration.
 

Nearly all the powder coating is off the espresso machine.  Going to polish it to a mirror finish.  If i don't like that I may anodize it.

Matching grinder is getting it too!

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Farvernugen
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Posted Fri Dec 27, 2013, 4:50pm
Subject: Re: Original Faema Family Restoration.
 

Cool,

I have 2, one that was used for 25 years and was looking a bit rough... I bought it new, and a used one that has almost no use on it, for 200$ cad recently to replace the one that needs a paint job.

Question, what are you going to do about the decals?

Second Question, what are you doing about the repaint? Mine is RED, and I love the colour, so may just get it powder coated red again..... but not decided on the decals yet.... may just do the artwork and have one of my label places make me a few sets and offer them out.

Fire up pictures as you have them, I'd love to see what it's finish will be.

Cheers, Scott
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