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by Tappedout, 3 minutes ago in Espresso Machines
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Custom part alternative - water tap

The hot water tap on my 3 yr old Expobar Officer Lever (part 15000329) has internally corroded and requires replacement. The custom part has limited availability and quotes at $100 domestically or $65 including shipping from the UK. This is essentially a $10 valve. Not to sound like a cheapskate amidst aficionados, but is there anything about the mechanics of an espresso machine's hot water tap I ...
by nirdvorai, 12 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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HX espresso machine with direct plumbing and water tank question

homeburrero, Yes I'm sure. Please see the new attach photos: the vibratory pump inlet, the outlet and the plumb hose with connection straight to the boiler. {image} {image} {image} maybe someone lost the seal of the boiler and did some lousy job disconnect the plumb hose and use it as seal?
by homehlmad, 22 minutes ago in Grinders
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New Kinu M47 Phoenix grinder

How's the total capacity?
by gr2020, 35 minutes ago in Water
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Moved recently in Colorado, wondering about my water

At my old house (Highlands Ranch, CO), I had a ton of Chloride in my water, so I was using distilled water combined with third wave water mineral packets. I moved to a new place (Lone Tree, CO) a few months ago. It's only about 10 miles from my old house, but the water comes from a different utility. I just ran some water tests today, and have been looking through my results and the water quality ...
by pcrussell50, 37 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Your thoughts on trusted espresso machine manufacturers

Scale will sooner or later destroy any machine. This is good advice. I don't want to throw water on the party, but for some reason, BDB's in good working order command what in my opinion is too high a price... Close enough to new (if you buy $999 from Costco, or using the 20% off coupon at Bed Bath Beyond). But I suppose if you keep shopping diligently, you can get a reasonable used price on one. ...
by HB, 41 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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More John Guest Fitting Leaks

If you want peace of mind, consider using compression fittings like this: {image} They have a ferrule to prevent the tubing from collapsing. I use them for permanent installations since, needless to say, once the compression fitting is tightened, the connection is never coming apart.
by DaveR, 43 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Upcycle Linea

Great work and thank you for sharing your process!
by homeburrero, 51 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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HX espresso machine with direct plumbing and water tank question

Can you double check that? I don't see how that could work. There should be a least a check valve and a solenoid valve between that fitting and the water supply. Otherwise the water supply pressure would be continuously filling the boiler and water would flow out the AV valve. Yes. At the bottom fitting for the HX, which is below and to the right of the boiler fill fitting in your picture, there s...
by Moka 1 Cup, 54 minutes ago in Grinders
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Conical burrs (Mazzer), can you damage them when you run them too close?

Thanks a lot. It makes sense. (I hoped I had not find out by myself )
by blzrfn, 59 minutes ago in Grinders
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Eureka Mignon Silenzio/Perfetto/Specialita' (2018)

In my experiences with importation through a courier (though never directly through this vendor), the bill for duty and fees usually comes in the mail about a week after delivery. I'm not saying this is the case for you, just don't be shocked if you receive an invoice and make sure to edit your post if you do so others have a realistic expectation.