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  1. Keep going ... it’s all a good learning process! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Oh, and the steam wand and group won’t give water at the same time. Without the steam button pressed you should find that when you hit the brew button water comes out of the group. With the steam button pressed, if you open the steam valve immediately and press the brew button then you’ll get water from the steam valve. If you turn the brew button off and close the steam valve then it’ll heat up to steam temp and you’ll then have steam available out of the steam wand (without hitting the brew switch). If you have the steam button on and just hit the brew switch then you won’t get water from anywhere (it’ll flow from the OPV back into the tank) unless you open the steam valve and get water out of it. HTH Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. For taking the solenoid valve apart you want mole grips to hold the bottom part and a spanner on the nut at the bottom of the ‘pillar’ - it’s normally quite hard to turn! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. LOL - it cant be THAT bad, nothing with a Classic is that bad! Did the switchbank actually break or just come apart? If you remove the central steel rod that runs through it then it tends to explode under the pressure of the many springs that are inside it. They’re complex little beasts but usually unless the plastic has broken then you can put them back together again (if it’s just the rod that has come out). Anything else gone horribly wrong? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. It probably will blow it out of the water.... BUT it'll probably also be 2-3x the price of even a new Classic Pro (and more like 10x the price of a used Classic), which is a significant consideration for most people in the usual Gaggia Classic vs Silvia dilemma.
  6. Sounds like a plan! Although one thing I would recommend is doing everything in stages... so strip it all down and clean it all, and change the seals - and then put it back together again (as standard) and ensure everything works again as it should.... and only once you’re sure it’s all still working properly then embark on the PID install. If you do it this way then it’ll be much easier to fault find if you have issues. If you strip it, clean it and change seals, and fit the PID at the same time - and something then doesn’t work properly afterwards, it’ll be a nightmare to try and fault find as you’ll have changed so many things in one go. Try and reduce the variables and do it in stages. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Shipped.... that was a bit quicker than "end of October" (I'd still got the listing set to "10 days shipping" from when I last went on holiday - have changed it now).
  8. Yes, if it's the £99 listings then that's me - I'm "shadenville" on eBay... though it's better for both of us if you buy direct rather than via eBay 😉 Just PM me...
  9. Is it really 15.0g - are you using scales with 0.1g resolution? If not, get on eBay and spend a fiver and buy some. There’s a big difference between having 14.6g and 15.4g - both of which would be 15g on 1g resolution scales Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Where are you located? Perhaps there's someone local to you who could pop round and help...???
  11. Great stuff... does that mean that your "old" pump and "old" OPV will work again now??? 😉
  12. Eh? It's a new pump and a new OPV, but you still don't get water flowing to the boiler? Are you sure you have the pipes connected to the right outlets on the OPV?
  13. Puly Caff isn’t a descaler - you need to use something else, like Puly Descaler or Citric acid Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Does it now pump water out of the steam wand? If not, there’s something wrong with the pump or tube or OPV which you’ll need to address first. If it does then there’s something blocking the solenoid valve or the water path from it to the dispersion plate / group. After descaling and messing with the boiler it is VERY common to have stray pieces of scale block the solenoid again (and again) - so my first port of call would be to check water is pumped from the wand and then clean the solenoid valve fully again. Keep going... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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