[Homeroast] ARRRGH! My Quest broke! Now fixed, but a confession

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Mon May 9 10:11:25 CDT 2016


Great story, Frank. Next time I once again do something similar it will
help to know I have company.

Brian

On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM, Frank Parth <fparth at me.com> wrote:

> I have a fair selection of tools in my garage, so I was able to find the
> small metric tools to do the replacement of the heating elements. It took
> about 10 days to get them shipped from Asia.
>
> Since there were no directions I kind of felt my way through the process,
> disassembling things carefully. I finally realized that it’s just the back
> lower panel that has to come off to get access to the tiny nuts buried in
> the wiring. Those tiny nuts are what hold the heating elements in place.
> Unfortunately my hands were not small enough to get in there easily. It
> took over an hour to take out the old elements and replace them.
>
> As I was starting to put things back together I realized that I had
> re-installed one of the old heating elements instead of a new one. So I
> took a deep breath, dug back in, took out the old one and put in a new
> element.
>
> Feeling very pleased with myself I put everything back together after
> doing a thorough cleaning of all the parts. I plugged the power cord into
> the Quest and turned it on. Nothing, Nada. No heat, no power, nothing.
>
> After a few choice words I just left it and figured I’d deal with it when
> I returned from my trip to the Middle East.
>
> Got back home two weeks later and went back into the garage planning to
> take the Quest apart again and see what I screwed up. When looking at it
> carefully (glass of single malt in hand), I noticed the male end of the
> power cord wasn’t plugged into the wall. Geez, it couldn’t be that easy
> could it? I couldn’t have been that stupid, could I?
>
> Plugged it into the wall and voila! Everything works perfectly. Roasted a
> pound of Yirga Cheffe.
>
> I haven’t been to confession in a long time so I thought I would unburden
> myself to the list. Thanks for reading. I feel better now.
>
> Frank
>
>
>
> > On Mar 31, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Dhananjaya <
> djgarcia at improbablystructuredlayers.net> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Frank,
> >
> > Like Barry I went through a similar experience last year. Here are my
> comments from the time:
> >
> > It was a bit of a pain. I don't have any photos - too busy trying to
> figure out how to get things out properly. I do remember
> > thinking "Why don't they make these wiring to the elements longer so you
> could unscrew them outside" - I was having problems
> > reaching in to get the nut off. Then I saw that one side (the one I
> would have a problem with) was long enough to draw the element
> > out while wired and then remove the nut, and the other one I was able to
> undo the nut while attached. Also IIR I did not have to
> > remove other electrical parts, which I thought I would at first.
> >
> > Unfortunately I'm at that age where I remember taking them out, but
> details are very foggy. IIR I believe I only had to remove the
> > outer circle screws at the front, not the inner ones. And of course I
> had to remove the lower back panel.
> >
> > Good luck! If I did it, you surely can, but you'll need a little
> patience.
> >
> > DJ
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:18:59 -0700
> > From: Frank Parth <fparth at me.com>
> > To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
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> >
> > Thanks, Barry.
> >
> > I?ll try that. I?m fairly handy with tools so we?ll see how it goes.
> >
> >
> >
> >> On Mar 30, 2016, at 5:03 PM, Barry Luterman <lutermanb at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Coffee shrub has the replacement coils. Replace both. It is hard to do.
> Mike McGiness helped me. He got it done. If the coils are
> > out of stock you can get them from Taiwan. They are cheap and take only
> about a week or ten days  to get them.
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >
> >
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