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I need to replace the seal in my Barista's boiler. What size nuts are those holding it together? I can't seem to get them off. Also, what would be the correct way to get that arm that goes to the steam control off? I'm assuming it needs to come off to put the new seal on and I don't want to break anything.

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  • designsonpap Apr 07, 2011

    This is not a vacuum! It is a Starbuck's Barista espresso machine. Made by Saeco. It is leaking around the boiler and the nuts are rusted.

    Since I had already pulled down espresso machines I didn't think it was necessary to reiterate these facts.

    So, in case you have misplaced my original request; what I want to know is what size the nuts that hold the top of the boiler down are, and the best way to remove or loosen the arm that goes from the boiler to the steam wand.

  • designsonpap Apr 08, 2011

    Thanks for your answer.
    It's leaking water. Big Time! I am going to replace the seal.
    Do you happen to know the answer to my second question?
    Also, what size socket wrench do I need to remove those BPT screws?

  • designsonpap Apr 10, 2011

    No, I'm not refering to the port-a-filter. I said and meant the boiler (inside the machine.)
    I'd like my money back please.

    You don't seem to have anyone there who can read.


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Hi designsonpap,

I'm just wondering if you are referring to the Portafilter when you are asking on the best way to remove the arm that goes to the steam control.

The portafilter looks like this:

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If this is what you mean follow the steps below:

1. Turn the portafilter handle clockwise to unscrew.

2. Flip the portafilter over so the plate with the 3 screws faces up.

3. Unscrew then remove the 3 screws.

4. Take off the metal plating that comes loose after removing the screws. This will expose two internal springs.

5. If springs are still sturdy, then reattach them. If the springs are distorted, then replace them with new springs.

Hope it helps.

Thank you for using Fixya.

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Thanks for choosing FixYa. What type is this please? Is this the one with the 6 screws on the back plate? What exactly is going on?

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    Richard Hale Apr 07, 2011

    They are 3/8 BPT, which is British Pipe Thread.


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