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HB
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#11: Post by HB »

Sure, the steam wand leads directly from the boiler and will have the same pressure reading as a portafilter-mounted gauge for a single boiler. Finding plumbing adapters from it to the gauge may prove challenging.
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oofnik

#12: Post by oofnik »

Dan, I've seen that posted before. Crazy looking thing. I tried to make something similar but for some reason my PF's threads don't fit 3/8 NPT. Did you do something special or could it just be a different design I have? Any suggestions?

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#13: Post by cannonfodder »

They use metric BSP threads, but they are very close to NPT. Give the portafilter stud a good heavy coating of Teflon tape and it will seal up.
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#14: Post by oofnik »

It's the opposite problem. The male PF threads are too large to fit in the female coupling. Next stop I make at the hardware store I think I'll pick up a 7/16". Is that even readily available? I'll just have to take my PF and test fit a few different sizes I guess.

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#15: Post by HB »

You can invest in a ready-made pressure portafilter or cobble one together yourself from a used portafilter. Here's one I assembled from parts in the drawer:

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#16: Post by erics »

oofnik wrote:It's the opposite problem. The male PF threads are too large to fit in the female coupling. Next stop I make at the hardware store I think I'll pick up a 7/16". Is that even readily available? I'll just have to take my PF and test fit a few different sizes I guess.
Hi Oofnik -

There is no such animal as 7/16" pipe threads. You have the wrong size coupling. Taking your PF to the HW store will solve the problem - just hunt down a 3/8" NPT brass coupling but if you're trying to duplicate Bob R's wonderful device, you'll need a 3/8" NPT brass tee plus a couple of 3/8 to 1/4 brass bushings.

By all means, get a 0-300 psig glycerin filled gauge as Dan pictured - about $25 delivered.
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#17: Post by Ideasite »

To use a naked PF, you could drill a 3/8 inch hole in the bottom of a blank basket, and then install the pressure gauge directly to that with two washers and two 1/4" nuts. Use teflon paste.

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#18: Post by BuzzedLightyear » replying to Ideasite »




mmmmmmmmmmmm....................

good idea I just might do that one thanks

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#19: Post by erics »

Whoa -

Lets stop for a second. Ideasite has good intent but I don't think its a doable adventure. First off, a 3/8" hole won't quite be large enough for even a 1/8" pipe thread and a 1/4" pipe thread would need something like 17/32" or 9/16". The way, or rather, a way, to seal pipe threads in a situation like this is to use pipe thread nuts which you would obtain from the lamp repair department of the HW store. I know 1/8" pipe thread nuts are available and I suspect 1/4" but I'm not too sure of that one. I would seal these nuts with copper washers and that is a separate adventure all by itself.

But, most important of all is the fact that this section of pipe thread that is either part of the gage or a separate pipe nipple to which you will attach the gage WILL PROTRUDE into the blind basket such that your dispersion screen will be bent out of shape.

If you want to sacrifice a regular basket - maybe that singles basket that's gathering dust in the drawer, then it's a doable idea after you drill the right size hole and epoxy up the remaining area of the basket.
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