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Hardware Discussions => Gaggias with Stainless Steel Boilers => Topic started by: godwit on July 22, 2014, 11:16:17 PM

Title: Gaggia Espresso Color Retaining Ring Problem
Post by: godwit on July 22, 2014, 11:16:17 PM
Hello-

Two months ago I purchased a brand new Gaggia Espresso Color. Recently water started leaking in between portafilter and grouphead. The problem was that there were two plastic shims on grouphead retaining ring which press PF to grouphead and one of them came unstuck. Normally the whole retaining ring with those two shims is replaced but is it posible to glue it back again? Which glue would be used? Did anyone have such problem? Buying a new retaing ring is not possible for me. Thanks.
Title: Re: Gaggia Espresso Color Retaining Ring Problem
Post by: mulquemi on July 23, 2014, 09:04:11 AM
godwit,
Call me slow or call me silly ,I'm unable to follow your explanation  of your  gaggia's problem.
May I have you clarify what the problem is by sharing some images perhaps.
As the machine is new,you shouldn't  tolerate leaking problems,can you seek warranty claims otherwise put some pictures up so someone here can help you.
I'm interested in your problem but I need more explanation,please.
Cheers
Mick   
Title: Re: Gaggia Espresso Color Retaining Ring Problem
Post by: jerryseabridge on July 23, 2014, 10:42:27 AM
This is not an uncommon problem with Colors, see this link for a picture of what the original poster is referring to:

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/556607

If you cant swap under warranty then it should be possible to glue a shim back in, although it is often difficult to stick plastics to metal, not done it myself - perhaps try epoxy resin glue?

Do let us know how you get on.

Jerry
Title: Re: Gaggia Espresso Color Retaining Ring Problem
Post by: mulquemi on July 23, 2014, 10:52:14 PM
jerryseabridge,
Thanks for that explanation ,clear now with this tricky problem,group head replacement would be the best option as the synthetic shim is keyed into the aluminium  group head to provide better adhesion from the rotation of the group handle.
Very tricky to attempt a non standard fix unless the shim is similarly keyed into position.
I'm building a good collection of really dead gaggia machines and parts although I'm a bit distant here in Australia to assist you.As Jerry's link explained a replacement part would be the ideal solution unless the OP is fairly handy with such things.
Cheers
Mick