steam tap Europiccola anni '60
The steam tap on Europiccola models anni '60 is characterized by
the shaft screwed inside the knob.
The shaft is blocked by a screw on the knob, unless the early models (1960-61) that haven't.
The rubber shower ensures the proper closing of the tap steam and with the time it hardens. If the tap is difficult to open or if there are water or steam leaks from the steam pipe, is the moment for replacement.
Dismounting the tap is often very
difficult, because the hardening of the rubber washer, avoids the
unscrewing of the shaft, furthermore forcing the unscrewing, ruins the
threads of the shaft and not permits the extraction.
After ruined many taps, in an attempt
to remove the shaft with pliers, I managed to find an optimal solution.
the pliers in the photo are used
normally to tighten the metal clamps of the cages of rabbits. I
accidentally discovered that the hole diameter of the pliers is the same
as that of a tap shaft.
with the help of pliers unscrew the shaft is not difficult
remove the screw that holds the shaft
unscrew the shaft from the knob
with the help of a bench vise if it is too tight
clean everything, replace the rubber shower and reassemble the steam tap
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