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Cleaning the Atlas Pasta Machine
Part 2

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25. ...wipe down the roller junctions thoroughly with the soaked cotton swabs.

26. Use your skewer again if needed to dig out any stubborn clay.

27. Once the ends and junctions are cleaned, wipe down the rollers with a paper towel moistened with alcohol.

28. Clean ALL surfaces, bolts, rollers, sidewalls, base, etc. with an alcohol moistened paper towel in one hand and a dry paper towel in the other. (It's like cleaning windows with windex on a hot day.)

29. Looks a lot better now, doesn't it?

30. Align the rollers and bolts with their holes in the right side and tap the right side panel into place.

31. Replace both the nuts on the bolts and give only the slightest turn with your fingers so they won't fall off (about a quarter turn). We need the slack to help replace the scraper plates and rear plate. (Leigh packs the front cover plate back into the box with the other unused parts at this time. It makes future cleaning easier and it's easier to see the clay as it goes into the roller.)

32. Turn the pasta machine on end and set it down on the left sidewall.

33. Take the front bottom scraper plate and insert the tab into the right sidewall. Place it into the inside hole right below where the turn handle goes.
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34. Here's a closeup of the tab in place. (NOTE: this tab is the longest of the end tabs on the scrapers.)

35. Now firmly push up on the scraper and align the left side of the scraper in the corresponding holes on the left sidewall. This will be a snug fit before the tabs are put in place, but it is possible because the nuts haven't been completely tightened.
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36. Push scraper into place with your thumb and it will "snap" into place as the tabs enter their holes.

NOTE: It may help to push the right (upper) sidewall up with the other hand to ease the tab's access to the holes on the left (lower) sidewall.
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37. Now we turn the machine over and do the same with the rear bottom scraper plate - inserting the tabs at the top and aligning the bottom.
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38. The process is the same, sliding and "snapping" the rear scraper into place on the left side after the right side tab has been inserted first.
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39. Pick up the top rear plate. There's a longer tab on the very edge on one side and on the other side is another about two thirds in from the edge. (Click on the picture for a closer look.) Look at the two tabs that are on the edge and the longer tab goes into the TOP hole of the right sidewall. Place the tabs into the right sidewall and use the same procedures in Steps 39-41 to "snap" the rear top plate in.

40. Now make sure that all rollers and scraper tabs and rear top cover tabs are in place and tighten both nuts as tight as you can with your fingers.

41. SNUG both of the nuts with your wrench. Do not tighten them real hard.

42. Replace right side plate cover and screw into place. Again, snug the screw in, do not tighten it real hard.

42. Clean and shiny as new, and more functional with the front top cover removed.
ALTERNATE "QUICKIE" CLEANING!!

It's also possible to clean your pasta machine without removing any pieces. Here are two "quickie" cleanings, as opposed to the "complete" cleaning just discussed above and both are excellent methods for preventive maintenance between thorough cleanings.


LEIGH'S QUICKIE:
1.
Insert your bamboo or wood skewer into the space between the scraper plates and pull the residue clay up and out. Be careful not to push skewer all the way through or you will bend the scraper plates. (You can see how this is much easier with the front cover plate removed!)

2. A closeup of inserting the skewer into the scaper.

3. Pulling the clay out of the scraper area.
4. Continue to scrape and pull out as much clay as you can. Remember, large residues of clay can bend your scrapers!  
Jean Nicolayson demonstrated the following technique at a guild meeting where Linda Geer picked it up and passes it on to us!! Fill a basin with a lot of rubbing alcohol. Rest the entire machine in it and, using a turkey baster, squirt the alcohol in the places clay has accumulated. Then dry the whole shebang with a hair dryer. And That's It!
You're now ready to get back to the creative process of playing with clay!

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