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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 5:58pm Subject: Visual Blindness - GS3 Maintenance HELP
I will be purchasing a GS3 next week. I have some questions regarding maintenance due to my visual blindness.
I am trying to decide between the AV version verses the paddle. Now I know from reading these forms everyone will immediately advise me to go with the paddle version for a variety of reasons including the ďpressure profilingĒ mod.
A BIT OG BACKGROUND: Currently I am using a Giotto P which has been operating flawlessly for the past 10 years. In fact the only item that ever had to be replaced other then the usual gaskets and such was the P-stat which only failed this past summer! Really itís been an amazing HX to work on. What I truly love about the Giotto P it that it has basically been maintenance free for me. I wake up flip the switch and 45 minutes laterÖ. Espresso!
I am a little frightened by the maintenance rťgime of the GS3 Paddle. Not because Iím lazy or mechanically challenged, (which I am by the way), but because Iím legally blind. I have only 4% vision in one eye to work with. So changing those pesky O-rings in the paddle version is going to challenging for me I fear.
Iím currently leaning toward the AV version because Iím told by an on line e-commerce coffee business that the AV version requires much less maintenance.
I would like to know specifically what general maintenance on the AV version should I anticipate having to handle? I have no issues with changing gaskets and taking off the shower screen. These are routine things I do on my Giotto and are very easy tasks to complete. Iím more concerned with having to take things apart that contain small items that are difficult to see and manipulate. Iím told these O-rings are a PITA!
I would love to have the paddle version and to have the pressure mod done but Iím afraid of all the O-ring replacements. Taking it a repair shop for this sort of work is wasteful and expensive Ö. Out of the question. Pluming in the paddle is also not an option for me. If I wanted the paddle I would either have to use the onboard tank or a float-jet system.
So what sorts of items will I be looking at needing replacement or maintenance on the GS3 AV version?
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