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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 7:05am
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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 7:17am
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KatieR Said:

Thanks Sigma,
Somehow I missed it the first time around!

Just thought I'd post an update. I opened up the Baratza and, indeed, the grinder adjustment ring base wasn't attached and the whole setup was resting at a strange angle on the gear box. I put the adjustment ring base back in place, but without super glue (I was kinda nervous about using it in such an expensive grinder). I also calibrated the machine to a finer grind while the case was off.

The shots are better, but still too fast and requiring too fine a grind. Even at the finest grind setting, waiting until the Silvia is a bit cooler than it should be, my shots are still about 15 seconds. I'm going to go back in and glue down the base, and calibrate the Baratza to its finest setting. I shoulda done it the first time, but like I said, the super glue made me nervous... I'll post another (hopefully final) update later.

Thanks for all the help - without this forum I would have been very confused and frustrated!

KatieR

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Since it was working fine, then you cleaned it, then it wouldn't work after putting back together..... when you originally cleaned it do you remember taking the knob off the micro arm before taking the casing apart? I forgot that once and popped it off and in doing so busted the mechanism, that micro knob has to pop off first. I wonder if you lost the little black triangle thing that sits on top of the spring that goes into the groves making the "click" sound when adjusting. I lost mine once too lol, damn thing can spring out, but I luckily found it, I noticed it had play in it that was fixed when I found that little thing.
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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 8:49am
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KatieR Said:

Thanks Sigma,
Somehow I missed it the first time around!

Just thought I'd post an update. I opened up the Baratza and, indeed, the grinder adjustment ring base wasn't attached and the whole setup was resting at a strange angle on the gear box. I put the adjustment ring base back in place, but without super glue (I was kinda nervous about using it in such an expensive grinder). I also calibrated the machine to a finer grind while the case was off.

The shots are better, but still too fast and requiring too fine a grind. Even at the finest grind setting, waiting until the Silvia is a bit cooler than it should be, my shots are still about 15 seconds. I'm going to go back in and glue down the base, and calibrate the Baratza to its finest setting. I shoulda done it the first time, but like I said, the super glue made me nervous... I'll post another (hopefully final) update later.

Thanks for all the help - without this forum I would have been very confused and frustrated!

KatieR

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No problem. If you haven't done it yet, I'd try Gorilla Glue. My initial go at this with super glue failed after a month or so. I also lightly sanded the gearbox & the adjustment ring and that seemed to help.
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Posted Sun Aug 18, 2013, 5:03am
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Hi All,

Final update: I sanded down the white gearbox base and adjustment ring base and used Gorilla Glue (thanks again Sigma!). I also moved the calibration screw a little further to the right to make the grind finer. After a bit of fiddling with the grind, my shots came out at ~25 seconds at a setting of 3e. Perfect! My grinder hasn't seen anything higher than a setting of 1 in months. I am once again in espresso heaven....and probably headed toward a day of over-caffeinated bliss :)

I don't think any of the other potential issues (coffee freshness, micro-adjustment lever, the little plastic ticker) are a problem in my case. I just hope that ring stays glued on and the shots keep coming.

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