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by MDL
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Hot Water Tap Leak
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Hot Water Tap Leak

I have found that the solenoid valve for the hot water tends to develop scale that makes it drip. Open the valve and clean with white vinegar and you should be set again.
by MDL
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: WELCOME TO THE S1CAFE
Topic: New Version, New Look, Same Data
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Re: New Version, New Look, Same Data

Thanks Chas.

The "labels"/"buttons" at the top and bottom are almost impossible to read since the dark blue has little contrast against the dark brown. I would suggest white text against the dark brown, or some other light color.

Take care,
Mark
by MDL
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Screen bolt
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: Screen bolt

Do you really believe that the volume difference between the "stock" and your thinned bolt has any significant impact on the quality of your shots? It must represent a tiny fraction of the volume of the basket?
by MDL
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Proper alignment of output line for pump replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Proper alignment of output line for pump replacement

I certainly used teflon tape on mine when I replaced the pump.
by MDL
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump
Replies: 25
Views: 3451

Re: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump

Glad to hear that it all came together for you and that you are back up and running!
by MDL
Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump
Replies: 25
Views: 3451

Re: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump

Not sure how you missed this clear information on their website: I have always dealt with the CT site (the CA site did not exist when I needed a pump): Fluid-o-Tech International 161 Atwater St Plantsville, CT 06479 Phone: 860-276-9270 Fax: 860-620-0193 E-mail: info@fluid-o-tech.com Fluid-o-Tech Eng...
by MDL
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump
Replies: 25
Views: 3451

Re: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump

This is the link to the post on this forum to order silicone group gaskets from Steve: http://s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2081#p22916 If you read through the thread I believe that you will see that folks have been happy dealing with him and the price is reasonable. I am still using my first gask...
by MDL
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump
Replies: 25
Views: 3451

Re: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump

Search on this site for the link to order silicone group gaskets; they last far longer, seal more easily and are a great value.
by MDL
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump
Replies: 25
Views: 3451

Re: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump

I have found the US FluidoTech folks to be very helpful on the phone; my suggestion is that you just call them and I believe that they will help you out with either parts or a replacement pump.
by MDL
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump
Replies: 25
Views: 3451

Re: Valve leak at cold water inlet pump

If you need to replace the pump you can purchase it directly from FluidoTech for about 1/2 of the cost from any retailer. They are very helpful and fast.

Just search for their US address and contact them...
by MDL
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini 2 Seems Dead (Blown Fuse?) X-Post from HB
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: S1 Mini 2 Seems Dead (Blown Fuse?) X-Post from HB

First, my appologies for not being able to write enough to really help you at this moment; I am on my way out the door to work. Second, you have two issues: 1. Determining which fuse(s) is/are blown 2. Determining why the fuse(s) blew so that you can prevent/repair the problem I hope that someone el...
by MDL
Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: What's this thing here on the boiler?
Replies: 3
Views: 910

Re: What's this thing here on the boiler?

I beleive that is the thermal switch to shut things down if the temperature gets too high. It also looks as if your fill sensor is not connected (the connection/thing in the center.
by MDL
Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Opened up the steam boiler, questions flooding out
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

Re: Opened up the steam boiler, questions flooding out

The drain at the bottom is not connected to the case; it is simply a drain plug at the bottom of the boiler. If you remove all connections to the steam boiler there is a single bolt that holds the boiler to the frame cross member. Use care when trying to remove the drain plug cap at the bottom. I sp...
by MDL
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Mini V ii - Need help loving it...
Replies: 5
Views: 1982

Re: New Mini V ii - Need help loving it...

Don't over think, but experiment with it and see how you do. I have used a Vivaldi II since April 2007 and very much enjoy it. If you don't want to use the volumetric dosing just set the volume to be very large and control the shot manually with the switch. In my experience the volumetric dosing is ...
by MDL
Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Users/owners feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 2467

Re: Users/owners feedback

I assure you that the answer is the former, not the latter. If you ask specific questions I am confident that you will receive answers and comments. I have owned a Vivaldi II since April 2007 and continue to enjoy it every day.
by MDL
Mon May 23, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Brew pump got noisy, then main fuse blew
Replies: 2
Views: 1320

Re: Brew pump got noisy, then main fuse blew

If you search for "S1V1 Motor" you will find a thread by Vivaldi Dreamer that details the tear down and rebuilding of the motor bearings in great detail, complete with extensive pictures. The first post in the thread was made on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. I believe that the thread is in Maintenance and...
by MDL
Fri May 06, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Supply line leak
Replies: 3
Views: 8537

Re: Supply line leak

If you bought the machine new 1 month ago I would contact the dealer. Can't offer any comments until you define where it is leaking (as requested by Futahaguro
by MDL
Fri May 06, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Gicar Flowmeter Replacement - Annoyed @ Spaziale
Replies: 8
Views: 3952

Re: Gicar Flowmeter Replacement - Annoyed @ Spaziale

You own a machine. That machine was built with the parts it was built with. You may not like those choices, but you need to live with them. I suggest that you look for alternate sources for the parts. For example, you can buy the pump directly from Fluidotech for substantially less than any of the c...
by MDL
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Used S1V1.2 Tear Down Pictures - Comments Please
Replies: 16
Views: 3173

Re: Used S1V1 Tear Down Pictures - Comments Please

By 2008 I thought that most vendors were selling SiV2s? I bought my SiV2 from Chris' Coffee in April 2007. I believe that the "plastic" tubes are actually teflon and I see no reason to replace them if they are intact and look good. As I said, my machine is from April 2007 and the tubes are just fine...
by MDL
Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Buying a Vivaldi II I think?
Replies: 6
Views: 1662

Re: Buying a Vivaldi II I think?

For whatever it is worth, I routinely turn my Vivaldi II brew boiler on when I wake up. When I finish showering and dressing the brew boiler is hot and I turn on the steam boiler as I start to get breakfast. The steam boiler is hot by the time I am ready to grind and make coffee. I have no experienc...
by MDL
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 V2 Pump Fused to Motor?
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

Re: S1 V2 Pump Fused to Motor?

The pump is available directly from Fluidotech for much less money. I have dealt directly with them and they are very helpful and accommodating.
by MDL
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 V2 Pump Fused to Motor?
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

Re: S1 V2 Pump Fused to Motor?

Not sure how you define "complete". I have never removed the motor but presume that you need to remove the right side panel and the rear to get full access to everything. The first time you replace the side panels it is tricky, but you learn how to manage it without much trouble as you practice.
by MDL
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 V2 Pump Fused to Motor?
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

Re: S1 V2 Pump Fused to Motor?

The short answer is "yes"; scale and corrosion can form between the pump and motor if the pump seals fail and water gets into the space. If you search this site for motor issues and replacing motor bearings you will find at least one thread with very complete pictures of taking apart a machine that ...
by MDL
Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Vivaldi setting off my 20amp GFI
Replies: 3
Views: 995

Re: Vivaldi setting off my 20amp GFI

I don't have a mini, but I can tell you that what you show in your video is not normal for a Vivaldi II and I anticipate is producing enough water to generate a problem around the wires to the steam heating element.

Good luck...
by MDL
Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 32
Views: 11275

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

Chas: My experience is different. I am still on my first silicone gasket and am not experiencing any issues with the rotating PF. No matter what anyone is experiencing, it seems clear that the silicone gaskets have a number of advantages over the rubber: Cost Pliability Potential extended lifetime E...
by MDL
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler Plastic tubing type? Plastic?
Replies: 3
Views: 2158

Re: Boiler Plastic tubing type? Plastic?

I believe that it is Teflon.
by MDL
Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: nonresponsive double-shot button
Replies: 6
Views: 5289

Re: nonresponsive double-shot button

If your machine was purchased when you joined I would have to guess that it was old age failure of the switch. I believe that the switches are membrane switches on the printed circuit board; if that is correct they don't last forever. Since you don't seem to use the buttons for volumetric dosing I w...
by MDL
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Need help with repair decision
Replies: 6
Views: 1799

Re: Need help with repair decision

First, all of my experience is with a Vivaldi II, not the mini. Sounds to me like you got a lemon, or at least a machine with problems. Unless the mini is dramatically less reliable than the regular machine I would not have expected a series of major repairs over this time period. Only you can decid...
by MDL
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V1 steam boiler fitting maintenance
Replies: 6
Views: 1882

Re: S1V1 steam boiler fitting maintenance

You should be able to get any necessary parts from Chris Coffee. When I broke the drain plug on my machine they talked me through the repair that I was able to accomplish myself.

I found that adding Teflon tape to the fittings sealed things where there had been a little bit of leakage.

Good luck...
by MDL
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V1 Motor (one more time)
Replies: 14
Views: 3767

Re: S1V1 Motor (one more time)

From your pictures it looks to me as if the capacitor hit some other electrical connection that shorted and burned the plastic cover. The wires for the capacitor are on the end and look to be unburned in your picture, and based upon your comments. I would look around where the capacitor was sitting ...
by MDL
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: No Steam from steam valve
Replies: 8
Views: 2403

Re: No Steam from steam valve

I have not done this but I do recall historical threads about the disassembly of the steam valve. If you search I presume that you can find them. The issue was working to remove the rotation that does not open the valve.
by MDL
Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Moving to Europe (110V to 220V)
Replies: 4
Views: 1961

Re: Moving to Europe (110V to 220V)

Why are you opposed to simply using a transformer to get you down to 110V? The cycle difference is of no import on these appliances.
by MDL
Wed May 20, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V1 Motor
Replies: 45
Views: 8488

Re: S1V1 Motor

When you have things finished it would be great if you posted a "How To" file for others. This issue does come up periodically.
by MDL
Thu May 07, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: hoses and crimp rings
Replies: 5
Views: 1640

Re: hoses and crimp rings

I believe that they are metric. I would call Chris Coffee (or another dealer) and ask for the specification. You can then either purchase from the dealer or look for them on the net. Presumably a large industrial supply house (such as Grainger) has them if you know what you are seeking.
by MDL
Fri May 01, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V1 Motor
Replies: 45
Views: 8488

Re: S1V1 Motor

I bought my replacement pump directly from Fluidotech in CT. They should also be a source for pump parts, although I have not asked them about parts. 161 Atwater St Plantsville, CT 06479 Phone 860-276-9270 Fax 860-620-0193 Initial inquiries email: info@fluid-o-tech.com I also see that they now have ...
by MDL
Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Leak from water tank and water inlet
Replies: 6
Views: 2353

Re: Leak from water tank and water inlet

On my machine there are no O rings above the shower screens. Are you referring to the gasket for the portafilter? If so I would suggest a search of this web site and then an order of the silicone gaskets.
by MDL
Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Broken steam boiler drain plug
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Re: Broken steam boiler drain plug

I seem to have completed a successful repair. Following advice from the repair folks at Chris Coffee I used an 8mm 1.25 thread pitch tap on the inside of the steam boiler drain nipple. A stainless bolt wrapped with a good bit of Teflon tape and an O ring seem to seal the drain adequately. I will see...
by MDL
Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Broken steam boiler drain plug
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Re: Broken steam boiler drain plug

Thanks Chas. I am going to talk with a local espresso repair shop that has a good reputation. If they can take care of this for me I'll pay them to do it since I am not really setup to do it well; I would have to buy the numbered bit, tap, tap wrench, etc. and I have not done any work like this in o...
by MDL
Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Broken steam boiler drain plug
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Broken steam boiler drain plug

Yesterday I broke off the drain nipple on the steam boiler of my 2007 Vivaldi II. I was replacing the cap after descaling with vinegar and I broke off the nipple. When I spoke to Chris Coffee service this morning they suggested tapping the inside of the drain and installing a plug. Has anyone done t...
by MDL
Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: WaterAnywhere softener cartridges?
Replies: 2
Views: 914

WaterAnywhere softener cartridges?

I have been purchasing my softener and carbon cartridges from WaterAnywhere for numerous years. The most recent set of softener cartridges (purchased three about 1 year ago) seems to be poor. I installed one yesterday that is not softening at all. Has anyone else been experiencing trouble with softe...
by MDL
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gasket Longevity
Replies: 32
Views: 11275

Re: Silicone Gasket Longevity

Still on my first.
by MDL
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is up?)
Replies: 14
Views: 3665

Re: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is

Sorry about the link.

Search "Silicone long life Group Gaskets available" here and you will find Steve's posting. Many folks have purchased them and to my knowledge all have been satisfied.
by MDL
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is up?)
Replies: 14
Views: 3665

Re: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is

I would suggest that you consider ordering a set of 3 silicone gaskets here:

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2081

Steve is very responsive and the gaskets are great.
by MDL
Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: No Water From Hot Water Tap
Replies: 3
Views: 1489

Re: No Water From Hot Water Tap

Chas has given you the full story. When I had an issue with water delivery it was scale in the solenoid valve for the hot water output. A soak in white vinegar and a good brushing with a tooth brush cleaned it out. I pull some hot water every time I make a cup of coffee to help heat the cup and also...
by MDL
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Which water filters to get?
Replies: 8
Views: 2565

Re: Which water filters to get?

Yes, please clarify exactly what happened.

Presumably you mean that one of the large blue filter housings broke? If a "filter" broke it would be contained within the housing and would not necessarily cause a leak.
by MDL
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Plumbing lines
Replies: 9
Views: 2839

Re: Plumbing lines

The issue is volume delivered per unit time, not pressure. Some machines require a 3/8 line to give adequate flow. I believe that there are folks who have run the Vivaldi using 1/4 lines, but Chris suggests 3/8 and that is what I have used. I can't actually speak to how it works with 1/4 lines.
by MDL
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Confirming part # for steam boiler pressure relief valve
Replies: 6
Views: 2078

Re: Confirming part # for steam boiler pressure relief valve

Mine is just installed with Teflon tape and I have been able to seal it without any issue (I take it out to descale periodically). There was never an o-ring or seal in addition to the Teflon tape.
by MDL
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Plumbing lines
Replies: 9
Views: 2839

Re: Plumbing lines

If the small lines can't supply enough water you can get cavitation in the pump (or so I hear). The visual difference between 1/4 and 3/8 lines is very small and I would suggest that you just go with 3/8 from end to end and avoid any worry.
by MDL
Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: step by step replacing pump and motor heating elements
Replies: 1
Views: 1104

Re: step by step replacing pump and motor heating elements

I presume that your pump leaked and damaged the motor bearings? Removing and replacing the pump is easy. I have never removed the motor but if you search you should find threads that describe taking the motor apart to replace the bearings. Why do you want to replace the heating elements if they are ...
by MDL
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 43
Views: 14817

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

I am swayed to your view. Given how pliable the silicone material is removal is unlikely to be a problem. On the other hand, as you suggest, gunk could build up under the chamfered edge. It seems to me that the three gaskets we have obtained should last the life of the S1.
by MDL
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 43
Views: 14817

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Thanks Chas.

I was actually thinking that chamfered side up would keep the gasket from "sealing" onto the group and potentially make it easier to remove? Otherwise I agree that chamfered down seems cleaner looking.
by MDL
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 43
Views: 14817

Silicone Group Gasket question

How are people inserting their silicone gaskets (they have one flat side and one with chamfered edges)? Are you putting the flat or the chamfered side up against the group?

Mark
by MDL
Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 10342

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

My set shipped on 5/22 and was out for delivery in San Diego, CA on 5/31; I am away for the weekend but checked the tracking...
by MDL
Mon May 26, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: No water from hot water tap
Replies: 8
Views: 3946

Re: No water from hot water tap

I found that the solenoid valve for the hot water developed scale when I was not regularly pulling hot water. I had to open the valve and clean with white vinegar. After that I made it a practice to pull some water each morning and I have not had subsequent scale issues. As an added benefit this hel...
by MDL
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 10342

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

A number of folks in the Home Barista thread have sanded down their Cafelat silicone gaskets to make them thinner. If you look at that thread it will show and tell how they did it.
by MDL
Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: fan noise has gotten loud
Replies: 16
Views: 2420

Re: fan noise has gotten loud

Remove the front cover and check to see if the fan has become loose or if something (a wire, etc.) is getting hit by the fan. Doing this requires removing the drip tray and then the two screws that hold the front cover in place. I have never replaced my fan, but it should be pretty easy. Changing ou...
by MDL
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 10342

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

Late last week I sent a PM to Cafelat from Home Barista asking for clarification on the status of his production of silicone gaskets for the Vivaldi. As soon as I hear anything I will report back. Meanwhile, as Chas says, this is a potential "bird in the hand" and I would be interested in participat...
by MDL
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 10342

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

How about red? If you look at the Cafelat gaskets both the red and blue look pretty nice. Someone should contact Cafelat and see where they stand regarding Vivaldi gaskets. They clearly have the production issues and hardness down and are producing gaskets in more sizes. While I appreciate your will...
by MDL
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 10342

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

On March 3 Cafelat posted about Marzoco gaskets on Home Barista:
http://www.home-barista.com/marketplace ... 73-20.html

"The Marzocco spec samples are in. They still need a bit more work to get the hardness correct, but they are coming."
by MDL
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest
Replies: 48
Views: 10342

Re: Silicone Group Gasket group buy interest

I would be interested in trying a silicone gasket. - Are you suggesting making these yourself, or contracting them out? - Have you discussed this project with Chris at CC? He may be willing/interested in supporting it and handling the sales/shipping. - Cafelat is now producing silicone gaskets for a...
by MDL
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler Drain Plug Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Re: Boiler Drain Plug Help!

I would guess that you need to replace the boiler, but a call to CC is in order. It might be possible to drill out the old fitting and weld in a new one but I imagine that such a project would cost as much, or more than a new boiler. It looks to me as if you have had a leak at the plug which contrib...
by MDL
Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Just ordered a mini!
Replies: 3
Views: 1627

Re: Just ordered a mini!

Generally kitchens are wired on 20A breakers although builders often use the cheapest 15A outlets that they can buy. I would suggest buying a good 20A outlet and replacing the outlet where you are going to install the mini. It will cost you all of a few dollars and take ten minutes to swap out the o...
by MDL
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: 5 years w/o descaling?
Replies: 7
Views: 2079

Re: 5 years w/o descaling?

Yes, I mean running water out of the hot water spout. I run some water out of the spout to heat my cups every time I make a shot. In addition I use the hot water spout to fill the pitcher when I soak my portafilter, baskets and dispersion screens in Cafiza.
by MDL
Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: 5 years w/o descaling?
Replies: 7
Views: 2079

Re: 5 years w/o descaling?

It is possible that the boiler is just fine. It all depends on how it has been used. If the water was always softened and the owner flushed water from the steam boiler regularly it could be fine. My VII seven years old, has always been run using the CC softener system and the brew boiler has never b...
by MDL
Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Full drip tray on startup?
Replies: 1
Views: 878

Re: Full drip tray on startup?

The only time I had anything close to this happen my problem was solved with a good hard Cafiza backflush cycle. The problem seemed to be that my OPV (I may be using the incorrect name for this valve) was not sealing completely causing a persistent drip that was filling the drip tray.
by MDL
Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Extraction favors near side of portafilter
Replies: 11
Views: 2375

Re: Extraction favors near side of portafilter

I think that Chas was
1. suggesting that you check to see if the top lip of the basket is flat.
2. suggesting that you check for uneven tamping or other basket loading effects by turning the portafilter before you tamp (effectively doing what you did by rotating the basket).

Good luck
by MDL
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Air out of group?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: Air out of group?

My S1 Version 2 has been in use since April 2007 and I have never descaled the group boiler (the steam boiler has been descaled multiple times). Since water is constantly flowing through the group and the group boiler does not boil the water to make steam scaling should be limited (or so I reason). ...
by MDL
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Which water filters to get?
Replies: 8
Views: 2565

Re: Which water filters to get?

Many individuals here have been using these cartridges for years. I started buying them in 2007. The reason for building your softening system with generic parts (as sold by Chris' Coffee where I originally bought mine) is that you can get cartridges from many sources at reasonable prices.
by MDL
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Which water filters to get?
Replies: 8
Views: 2565

Re: Which water filters to get?

I order the following: Extruded Carbon Filter, 10" Standard H-F2510SOFT $7.00 each Softening Filter Cartridge 10" Standard H-F2510AC $8.00 each From the main page go to "filters and housings" The carbon filters are then under "carbon filter cartridges" The softener cartridges are under "special purp...
by MDL
Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Which water filters to get?
Replies: 8
Views: 2565

Re: Which water filters to get?

I have no experience with the "new" system. The new system is dramatically more expensive both to purchase initially and for replacement cartridges. The web site says that the new system uses hydrogen and not sodium for the ion exchange. If this is the case I would expect that the pH of the water wo...
by MDL
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: dealer
Replies: 4
Views: 1542

Re: dealer

Chris has the shipping of these machines down and sends them all over. Mine made it to CA with no problem... The dealer you work with is crucial since they support the machine and its' warranty. I would be more concerned about the reputation and responsiveness of the dealer instead of their location...
by MDL
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: grind, DOSE, LEVEL, tamp
Replies: 6
Views: 2427

Re: grind, DOSE, LEVEL, tamp

First, my advice would be to worry about taste and not the quantitative details of your routine. With that said I don't weigh my coffee but rather use a single basket worth of beans for a double shot. This gives me a mound of coffee that is just flat at the top of the basket after I level with my fi...
by MDL
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Using the machine as a semi-auto?
Replies: 1
Views: 1075

Re: Using the machine as a semi-auto?

Just program one, or both of the shot buttons to run long so that you can terminate manually when you wish; I believe that is the definition of semi-automatic?
by MDL
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Preventing Scale Buildup
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

Re: Preventing Scale Buildup

I agree; the major scale issue is in the steam boiler where you are concentrating the minerals when you boil the water to make the steam. I pull some water from the hot water tap every day when I start in the morning. The brew boiler is a closed system that is never boiled and where water is being p...
by MDL
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Fuse problem?
Replies: 15
Views: 4379

Re: Fuse problem?

It is only necessary to put a single GFI onto each circuit. All outlets that are past that GFI on the circuit are protected. Presumably the outlet that does not work is "past" one of the GFIs and not working because the GFI has tripped.
by MDL
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Issues after descale
Replies: 3
Views: 1836

Re: Issues after descale

I have never descaled my brew boiler so I can't comment on your brew boiler issue. However, when I descale the steam boiler I remove the vacuum breaker and drain the boiler using the drain plug on the bottom. I can then fill the boiler using a funnel and drain from the plug. I rinse with three or fo...
by MDL
Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: A quandry Flo-jet temporarily or sell S1 and buy another?
Replies: 1
Views: 946

Re: A quandry Flo-jet temporarily or sell S1 and buy another

If you are happy with your S1 I would keep it. When you find you rental you may well discover that you can hook up the plumbing in a temporary fashion that is acceptable. You can always decide to replace the S1 after you see what your actual rental situation is...
by MDL
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Super Important Question
Replies: 7
Views: 3016

Re: Super Important Question

Never presume that you will remember to put it back correctly when you leave. There is no reason to generate a potentially dangerous situation where you have inappropriate fixtures on a circuit. If you are going to run only in 15A mode just put a 15A plug onto your Vivaldi cord and be done with it. ...
by MDL
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Super Important Question
Replies: 7
Views: 3016

Re: Super Important Question

It is potentially dangerous, illegal and not a good idea to do what you are suggesting. Installing a 20A outlet on a 15A circuit sets up a situation where someone would plug in a device that will overload the wiring potentially causing at the least a fuse or breaker to blow and at the worst a fire. ...
by MDL
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Mini or Regular Vivaldi?
Replies: 7
Views: 2339

Re: Mini or Regular Vivaldi?

I bought my Vivaldi before the mini was released. Having it plumbed in is wonderful and I personally would choose the Vivaldi over the mini just for that reason. Add the other considerations and it is an easy decision for me if you can accommodate the need to plumb or use a tank. The only advantage ...
by MDL
Mon May 06, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Should I switch to 20 amp setting?
Replies: 4
Views: 1822

Re: Should I switch to 20 amp setting?

I have always run my Vivaldi in 20A mode so I can't speak to 15A mode at all. I anticipate that the machine heats up faster in 20A mode since both elements can operate at the same time. Once equilibrated I would also expect that you can make more beverages in rapidly in 20A mode but given the steam ...
by MDL
Mon May 06, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Should I switch to 20 amp setting?
Replies: 4
Views: 1822

Re: Should I switch to 20 amp setting?

If all of your kitchen outlets are on a single 20A circuit you could generate an overload in 20A mode with the Vivaldi if numerous other loads were active when the Vivaldi was drawing maximum power (i.e. when both boilers are heating at the same time and the pump was running). Unless you have felt t...
by MDL
Fri May 03, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Some ideas about volumetric dosing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1648

Re: Some ideas about volumetric dosing?

Volumetric dosing is measuring water flow, not time. You have to balance grind, tamp pressure and water flow to achieve the desired time for your shot. I started out with a very large volume set so that I could adjust my tamp and grind while stopping the shots manually. After I had a grind and tamp ...
by MDL
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Double and naked portafilter problem
Replies: 11
Views: 4731

Re: Double and naked portafilter problem

If the original poster would edit their profile to indicate where they are located another user who is close by might be able to get together with them and help out.
by MDL
Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivi leaking - drip tray overflowing within an hour
Replies: 0
Views: 7405

Re: Vivi leaking - drip tray overflowing within an hour

If you search this site for "leaking expansion valve" you will find a bunch of information. I have never experienced this problem. I have had an increase in dripping that was "solved" after Cafiza backflushing.

Good luck
by MDL
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Should extraction be this hard?
Replies: 3
Views: 3770

Re: Should extraction be this hard?

I would suggest trying 14 or 15 grams of coffee. I grind for single dosing and generally use a single basket worth of beans a double shot.

It can be frustrating at first but generally comes together quickly.

Good luck...
by MDL
Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Parts
Replies: 4
Views: 1541

Re: Parts

To the original poster:

If you would edit your profile to indicate where you are located it would assist others in making suggestions that may be more geographically relevant to you. It also allows others who may be near you to offer assistance which can be very valuable.
by MDL
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Taking hot water valve out
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Re: Taking hot water valve out

Yes, over time the hot water solenoid valve can (does) become scaled. In my case this resulted in a great reduction in flow while in yours it resulted in the valve failing to close fully. Either way it seems common to expect to need to take the valve apart and soak in white vinegar to clean it up.
by MDL
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Parts
Replies: 4
Views: 1541

Re: Parts

I wonder why you feel that it is necessary to have more than the two sets of screens that are provided with the Vivaldi? My machine was purchased in April 2007 and there is absolutely no indication of any need to replace those screens. When I backflush I put in a clean set of screens and then soak t...
by MDL
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Losing Steaming Power
Replies: 7
Views: 2388

Re: Losing Steaming Power

The steam valve should shut off immediately so it does sound as if you have a valve issue which may, or may not be related to your steam pressure. If the machine is new I would call your dealer.
by MDL
Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Burnt espresso flavour
Replies: 4
Views: 1933

Re: Burnt espresso flavour

I always clean out my puck after each shot. It seems like a bad idea to leave old coffee to bake in the portafilter? Regarding flushing I would suggest that you should use 2 flushing shots when you go back to the machine if you use two when you start. Why would you expect the machine to be idling in...
by MDL
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: low-no pressure at brew head, boiler fine
Replies: 22
Views: 4073

Re: low-no pressure at brew head, boiler fine

To help others help you complete your profile so that we know where you are and also which machine you have. The hot water comes from the steam boiler and has nothing to do with the brew boiler and water to the group from the brew boiler. If you use a blind basket or the rubber backflush disc do you...
by MDL
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Any group gasket removal tips? (edit: And which way is up?)
Replies: 14
Views: 3665

Re: Any group gasket removal tips?

After removing the screens and dispersion disk I have always been able to pop out the gasket with a butter knife or screw driver. You can always thread a self-tapping screw into it and then grab the screw with a pair of vise grip pliers if you need that kind of force.
by MDL
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: S1 General Q&A
Topic: temp adjustment
Replies: 17
Views: 4891

Re: temp adjustment

We have no way of knowing where you are (UK) since your profile does not provide a location. I would urge you to edit your profile and include some location information since it can help others to help you.
by MDL
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Freezing whole bean coffee
Replies: 2
Views: 1451

Re: Freezing whole bean coffee

I have been freezing my beans for many years. I divide the beans into smaller amounts (1/4 lb) and freeze in glass mason jars.
by MDL
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Dream vs V2
Replies: 7
Views: 2646

Re: Dream vs V2

I have owned my V2 since April of 2007 and love it. As I follow the release of the Dream it seems clear that the machine is evolving and being refined post-release. Ultimately I am confident that Chris will see that the machine works as designed and up to expectations. How long it will take to reach...
by MDL
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: New Software Update Available on CCS website v1.14
Replies: 7
Views: 1665

Re: New Software Update Available on CCS website v1.14

For the purpose of loading the Dream software you can use any inexpensive card reader. However, if you are going to be using it for photographs or videos from cards it is worth spending the money to purchase a USB 3 reader that is much faster than a USB 2. I have a Lexar Professional model LRW300U t...
by MDL
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Need A New Group Head Gasket
Replies: 16
Views: 3430

Re: Need A New Group Head Gasket

The screens should last for a long time. I don't know anyone who has replaced screens unless they are bent or otherwise damaged by the user. Many vendors sell the gasket but shipping will be as much or more than the cost of the part. You should check for local vendors who might be able to supply you...
by MDL
Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Is this rust on my portafilter? Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 1505

Re: Is this rust on my portafilter? Help!

I would have to agree with Chas. Speaking for myself, I just soak my portafilters in cafiza for about 30 minutes very few weeks and they look as good as new.
by MDL
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Dream T Day One Issues
Topic: A Leak/Drip from the..discharge valve?
Replies: 19
Views: 5692

Re: A Leak/Drip from the..discharge valve?

It is normal for the pressure to be released after each shot. If it did not release you would get a messy shower when you unlocked the portafilter. At the same time it is also common to have the water spray around when the release takes place. I put a short length of silastic tubing onto the end of ...

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