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  1. @jaffro, cheers for that, and sorry again for forgetting! @Bullit, you might PM me your address and I will get that out to you tomorrow, cheers. (I’m based in Ireland so it might take a little longer than usual.)
  2. @jaffro @Bullit Shit, I forgot to send it on Tuesday as promised. Sorry, had a bit of a crazy week. Jaffro asked first but I’m guessing Bullit wants the guage for the first time. Any chance you can decide between yourselves who gets it first? I’ll send it to whomever. You can PM me the address.
  3. @jaffro no worries. How about we give it the weekend then, if no one shouts I’ll send it to you on Tuesday?
  4. I have my mod done now, don’t see anyone else on the list, so whoever sees this and wants the valve sent to them, just PM me and mention it in this thread. I’ll keep it with me in the meantime.
  5. Really really really appreciate the replies (especially since it is all good news, I feel slightly silly but mainly delighted I’m finally ready to get down to business!) You guys are the best - thanks a million!
  6. Hi all. I put up a video here with a problem with my Gaggia Classic a few days ago, and the consensus seemed to be that the solenoid valve had gotten blocked with scale debris. The machine is 2011 but new to me, bought second-hand recently. I have been trying to get myself set up over the last month or so, getting a second-hand Baratza Vario from a forum member, tamper, scales, airtight container etc. Also got a brass shower screen holder and gasket as the originals did not look too good. The issue occurred, I think, after I put the machine on its side, to fit the new parts. (Really frustrating as I thought I was finally good to go, have yet to pull a single shot of freshly ground coffee on the machine!) After some helpful advice here I read up what I could on descaling and the issue in general, ran some descaler through a couple of times and used the method of intermittently switching on and off the steam switch. I think I’m really beginning to doubt myself now as I have a fundamental question which might be obvious but I can’t figure out: Is there even supposed to be any water flow through the group head, when the steam switch is on? From memory, the guy who sold me the machine, when showing me the ropes, switched on both the steam and and ON switch, before pulling an espresso. However, most online tutorials seem to have the steam switch off for such purposes. (I don’t drink milk, so steam function only really neeeded for visitors). I have uploaded a short video showing how the water flows now, both with the steam switch on and off (in the former case, not at all), and I would appreciate any pointers or advice: I think I will have to open the machine up and try to disassemble the solenoid valve, but as I said, I am doubting myself now. I should add that there is no water coming out though the pressure release tube, so that must indicate a problem is still there, no? Really appreciate any help, I have posted a new thread as my main question is the one above, cheers!
  7. Thanks again, appreciate it. At least I know what it is now. I’ll try and read up on what to do next from here. For those of you who found the first video riveting, here is Chapter 2 of the saga, taking the above suggestion on board.
  8. Right. So I did what you suggested @Jumbo Ratty, and the first thing that I noticed was that water / steam spurted out of the group head, once I turned on the pump / right button. Which I was not expecting. As suggested, the steam / middle switch was off. Then when I turned the steam knob anti clockwise water did indeed piss out. It seems like that’s a good sign, then? (For completeness, once the steam switch is turned on, nothing out of group head when I hit the pump.)
  9. So I’ve taken the shower screen holder off too, still no water through. That sounds plausible about the scale and solenoid valve. Balls. i really appreciate the replies.
  10. Steam coming through alright (literally the first time I tried that as I don’t drink cappuccinos / lattés). Took off shower screen, still no flow. Will wait for it to cool a bit and will take off shower screen holder, to check again. Yes, I had it on its side to replace the parts. Can that damage / upset the machine at all, or any part?
  11. Thanks both. It’s definitely not the tubes, as far as I can see. If I replace the shower screen altogether it might tell me if it’s the 3-way valve then maybe? And if that’s the problem I guess I’ll have to do a lot more reading...
  12. Hi all, I was hoping I could get a bit of help with something please! I bought a 2011 Gaggia Classic second hand, and it was working fine at the very beginning. I then ordered a new shower screen holder (brass) and gasket as the originals were looking a little tired / corroded. However, now that I’ve replaced them (correctly I think, but you never know) I’m not getting any water flow at all. The answer may be staring me in the face but I’d rather suffer the online embarrassment than more frustration! I’ve added the links to the two parts below, and (I think) a video of the issue. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a mil. https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/Mobile/en/Gaggia-Brass-Shower-Plate-Holder-57x14mm---WGA16G1002/m-m-1976.aspx[/url] https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/Mobile/en/Gaggia-Classic-Filter-Holder-Gasket-72x57x85-mm---NG01001/m-m-1968.aspx
  13. Okay no worries. I could push it to £190 if that’s of interest? Only see now that you’ve edited to include a price. Still no idea what postage / parcelforce to Ireland would be though. Cheers
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