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  1. Same happened to mine in lockdown last year, these leaky pipes must be an age thing. Adrian @ fracino got one delivered to me virtually next day. Delivery wasn't cheap, but it was at least a good quality part with good quality delivery service.
  2. Luckily I stocked up on some Ashbeck back in August, as I was shopping rarely at Tesco then! In terms of the 5 litre bottles, how long are they safe to use once opened? A 2 litre bottle nicely fills my machine and sits there for the best part of a week, probably not ideal at those temperatures but it's not killed me yet. Would rather not refrigerate the big 5 litre bottle if possible, but I feel a couple of weeks opened would be pushing it.
  3. Yes, even though they're operating at less capacity, the owner Adrian has been extremely helpful. In the end I ordered a custom part from him, and it was delievered the very next afternoon. He was really helpful with follow-up questions. Great service and a great company. Thanks everyone.
  4. Thanks, I couldn't find it fully specified on the parts diagram either. I've emailed them and will call later tomorrow if I don't get a response. I think the fittings are the same at each end and I did find the pump here: https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/en/Ulka-Pump-EX5-48W-230V-50HZ---10132007PA/m-2331.aspx which says: Fittings ø 1/8"- ø 6mm, pressure max 15 bar, water temperature max 20°C integrated diode (1N 4007P), lead connector 6.3x0.8mm. So going on the ø 6mm, it could be 1/4 BSP ? Best not to guess, and for me to call instead.
  5. Good point, I thought precise measurements would be unclear, but here's a photo of the kind of thing I'm looking for:
  6. Sorry to cross-post, I've just found this section of the forum. The flexible hose to my Ulka EX5 pump (Fracino Cherub 2014) has started leaking through the braiding - I wondered if anyone had any experience of what part was needed to replace it. Amnot quite sure due to allthe slightly different connector sizes, threads, etc. It looks to me like both ends of the hose have the same connector on my cherub.
  7. Hi The flexible connector which connects my pump to my boiler has started leaking, from the braiding rather than from the nut. Does anyone know the precise dimensions of the part I need to replace it with? I'm wary of ordering a slightly wrong fitting with all that is going on currently ... Thanks!
  8. Still recommend a couple of weeks to rest?
  9. How are the mk12 beans settling in now? Particularly interested from latte/flat-white drinkers!
  10. If it is one of the valves on the top of the boiler, before replacing, it's worth just tapping them first to see if reseating / moving them helps solve the issue.
  11. To resurrect an old thread ... what was the verdict on this coffee? Three's Wuntu rewards app is offering 400g for £8 delivered (a "60% saving") - is the coffee really worth the full price, or even the reduced price? I've seen no other chat in these forums about it.
  12. If I disconnect the flexible braided piping and let the pump push water through that, I get a flow of about 450ml per minute. Through the group head, I get about 200ml per minute. The coil vertically above the pump seems to have no magnetic field outside when the machine is attempting to fill. It has a resistance of 1.2k across the blue/purple terminals. I connected the pump to a pressure gauge and it's only 6 bar! So mystery solved ... is it an ULKA EX5 I need? Fracino themselves said model E, EP40, but I've heard recommendations here for the EX5.
  13. EDITED again: There is no water flowing out down the front nozzle or back into the water tank when attempting to draw water through the grouphead.
  14. I just started descaling my cherub as I thought my problem was likely to be caused by loose scale. But I noticed that when I filled the water tank with descaler and switched on to fill the boiler, it aborted with the low water alarm. Now, this is not unusual - in the past it has always timed out once, with me needing to flick the switch off/on to initiate a second fill cycle. But this time, it took a third cycle. I think this indicates that I need a new pump rather than descaling? Where's the best source for pumps, Fracino themselves?
  15. I have similar issues with my cherub. It does not sound like the noise when you are backflushing - there is some flow, but it is quite weak, and the pump noise fluctuates. I descaled 6 weeks ago, so could well be a bit of dislodged scale which has stuck somewhere? How should I best investigate? Is it ever worth descaling again to try to get rid of a partial blockage? I know a full blockage does not let descaler get into the places it needs to get, but with partial there may be a chance?
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