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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005, 6:39pm
Subject: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

This is already a conversation on another thread, but I figure it would draw more attention if it had its own thread.  Here's the original: "While I wait for Rocky...I am thinking..." .

I want to remove the double spout on the stock Silvia (non-pro) PF.  Its not a big deal, but since I always drop doubles into a single espresso cup, I find it more practical to have just a single spout or better yet no spout!  The member Longhorn has inspired me to do this.  

ANyways, I bent my screwdriver trying to loosen the spout!  Its not coming off!!!  It wouldn't even budge a little.  Perhaps it doens't come off.... anyone else have opinions/ideas?

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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005, 6:40pm
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And here is Longhorn's PF which I am trying to replicate....

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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005, 7:43pm
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nyc_crema Said:

It wouldn't even budge a little.  Perhaps it doens't come off.... anyone else have opinions/ideas?

Posted January 20, 2005 link

It comes off. Try holding the spout in boiling water while keeping the bowl as cool as possible (e.g., a small wet towel w/ice). It's worked for me before. Don't overdo it; I've heard the handle can snap. And use a screwdriver with a thicker shaft or clamp the spout in a soft vice.

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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005, 8:49pm
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Hey Andre, why not get a crotchless PF?

 
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2005, 6:23am
Subject: Re: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

twomartinis Said:

Hey Andre, why not get a crotchless PF?

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I don't want to spend another $70 YET... I will eventually get one, but not right now.


Dan: Out of the various screw drivers I have, only one was thin enough to fit into the spout hole, yet thick enough to aquire the leverage to loosen the spout.  I'm definetly not a gurrly man so I think if I keep trying I'll crack the handle.  I used some vice grips with a towel and I still managed to chip the spout just a tiny little bit.  I'll have to take it over to my friend's house where he has a vice thing attached to table - better leverage....
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2005, 3:26pm
Subject: Re: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

My machine and portafilter are somewhat old (circa 1998 I believe), so perhaps the standard portafilter has changed a bit since then. Here's what my portafilter looks like, see if it's the same as yours:

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2005, 4:58pm
Subject: Re: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

Get the bottomless portafilter, think of it as an "educational investment".  :-)

As for removing the spout, if it's a few years old you may want to try using a vice. Make sure you pad it very well but don't break the handle...
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2005, 5:23pm
Subject: Re: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

longhorn Said:

My machine and portafilter are somewhat old (circa 1998 I believe), so perhaps the standard portafilter has changed a bit since then. Here's what my portafilter looks like, see if it's the same as yours:

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Yah mine looks the same.  My Silvia was "tested" by Rancilio in June 2003.... so maybe things have changed.  I actually had a dream that the PF spout came off hehe


EDIT: its not coming off.... damn....
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2005, 6:00pm
Subject: Re: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

I just did it a month or two ago. It wasn't this hard, nowhere near hard enough to break it, though I left marks on the spout. The vice will work, I think. Good luck! It is nice to have it off...
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Posted Sat Jan 22, 2005, 1:54am
Subject: Re: Silvia owners: who has removed the spout on the PF
 

Not to insult but are you doing lefty-loosey, righty-tighty?  This is spouts up.

 
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