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Scunci SS 1000

I used the Scunci SS 1000 about 6-8 months ago, after use, I drained the excess water, put it away and last night and again today(10/07/08') it still won't spray!!!
But, I notice when I turned the Scunci upside down, to once again, drain out the water, chunks of caked up, what looks like dried water(Like what you see on top of a car battery-connections)
But still, I can't get The Scunci SS 1000 to work??? It's never been dropped since buying it, like I stated earlier, after my last use, it's been exactually in the very same place!?
What do I need to do NEXT??? I'm on call so, I can be reached at, 1-323-299-8110 anytime after 9am Monday - Friday Or 9:30am on Saturdays and after 2pm on most Sundays!
Oh, I'm James! Also, My email

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  • Duet28114 Oct 22, 2008

    Ok FixYa', I'll try it Soon!

  • sue13617 Dec 05, 2008

    My Scunci steamer was used once, drained, cleaned and put away. Now months later I am trying to use it and the thumb trigger isn't working. I don't see any sediment in or on it ; it looks like new. I will try the suggestion you gave to the other person. If I am able to get it to work , how can I prevent this from happening again? 315-322-0507 Sue

  • ktullos1 Jan 17, 2009

    Mend-It-Man's solution worked for me. The brass nub was stuck in the off position, and the steamer would not spray. I tapped into the on position, and now it is stuck there. Now, I can use it, but if anyone has an answer for how to get the brass part back out, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Thank you Mend-It-Man. At least I can use the darn thing again!!! ktullos1

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    Just tried to use it after a year of non use, was drained and stored properly at that time. It steams but spits a lot of water and soaks my drapes.

    What can I do so it just steams?

  • curt1118 Feb 15, 2009

    My scunci SS-1000 has been stiing arond unused for about 4 years. I put water in it, plugged it in and it hot and started gurggling but nothing comes out. The hose is clear. What next?

  • Sara Whitfield
    Sara Whitfield Feb 21, 2009

    Sat for about a year when I went to use it, you guessed it, it didnt work. I unassembled and re-assembled, after cleaning it, soaking parts in vinegar and other stuff, still wont work, am ready to throw it out the!!!

  • johnstonm77 Apr 24, 2009

    no.1 phillips screwdriver a five inch piece of coat hanger some CLR cleaner , a small hammer and a small white pipe cleaner.Soak the steamer over night with the CLR.The next day take off the handlecover the tip and the top then use the pipe cleaner to clean off the brass needle going threw the filer hole.Then use the hammer to lightly tap the brass button flush with the metal filler houseing.Put the coat hangerr in the plastic nipple where the water comes out tap it lightly to close it.Then clean the needle again fill with water and it should work like new.Oh yeh only use only "Distiled Water"!!!!!!!!!!!

  • m_i_k_e_y Apr 29, 2009

    Hello, I was having the same issue with the thing heating up but not releasing steam, so I took it completely apart to fix it, bottom and all, then couldn't figure out what was wrong and left it disassembled for about a week, hoping my friend would come over and help.

    Now that I've looked up the problem online and seem to have found the solution.. I can't remember how to put it back together.
    Stupid, I know..

    I did get most of it assembled, and it works again, but I have this extra part (a metal plate, maybe two inches long by one inch wide, with a large center hole and small holes near either end) and two screws with washers left over, which can't really be a good thing and makes me a little nervous.

    These two screws are a little shorter and fatter than the others and have flat tips instead of pointy ones, and would seem to screw into two threaded holes in the bottom of the metal steam chamber, not the outer casing, but if I just screw them in there, they don't seem to have a function, and if I try to screw the metal plate on there, the holes in the plate line up with the threaded holes, but the screws aren't long enough to reach the threads.

    I tried putting the metal plate in under the top casing that has the button mechanism, with the center hole over the top of the steam chamber that the cap screws down into, and it fits over it, but the holes at the ends don't line up with the ones the top casing gets screwed into.

    So.. I'm at a loss.

    I was hoping somebody might remember where it goes, or perhaps be able to disassemble theirs and take a look for me, or give me a link to a diagram online, as I've been searching for one for about 2 hours now with no luck. :/

  • m_i_k_e_y Apr 30, 2009

    Update: So, as it turns out, my girlfriend remembered where the metal
    plate belonged, which is where I thought to begin with.. on top, over
    the part the cap threads into. The reason it didn't line up at first
    was because the whole steam chamber hadn't been tightened into place
    and was shifted back inside the casing. Still don't understand the 2
    screws with washers that seem to go in the bottom without serving a



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The steps to correct it: The thumb trigger and the sliding brass valve clog up and don't move. So if you use it and press the thumb trigger and no steam comes out, it's probably clogged.

Wait until it cools down. Empty the unit.

1.) unscrew any attachments and you will see where they screw in at the end, two small philips head screws on the end. remove them. The red rounded piece at the end will come off.
2.) now on the top, unscrew the water stopper top where you poor water in.
3.) Now below that is a round rubber piece that surrounds the threaded part where the stopper top screws on to. Grab it with your fingers and lift it up on the sides to remove it.
4.) now underneath here you can see two screws. Remove them.
5.) now grab the whole top piece that is "black" and pull upward to remove it. you may want to start at the front and work it off. It has a few snaps that will release when pulled. I have done this a few times so dont be afraid to pull this piece off.
6.) now you will see the valve assembly. Take a small hammer and tap on the small rounded "brass" nub that is sticking out of the "trigger side" of the valve. To know if it has released, I usually place my lips around the end that the steam comes out of and blow while pressing in on the little brass nub on the other side. I do this until that nub moves freely and I can hear the air escape out the top from my blowing on it. Sounds funny but it works. If not free, tap it harder, a few more times, until it is free. It will free up eventually. It gets stuck from time to time but this will get you back in business fairly quickly.
7.) move the nub a few times to ensure smooth movement.


1.) The black plastic top will snap into place. Just line up the trigger spring with the red nub and snap the whole black piece back into place.
2.) place the two screws back in.
3.) The rubber protector ring is tricky. You will see the underside has a rubber edge that snaps in place. Work it around as best as possible and i usually use a screw driver to push the last little bit into place.
4.) place the red circular end cap on and the two screws that go with it.

you are all done. Once you do this a few times, you will become a pro OR as the above poster said, use distilled water.

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