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  1. The valve indicated is a vacuum valve. It is quite safe to remove it (it may have a teflon seal under its shoulder or it may tave P T F E tape sealing the thread. You appear to be under the impression that the steam boiler is filled with water ? it is not it is only partially filled, the top section being filled with steam. The probe in the centre of the boiler controls the water level in the boiler. You can check for scale by slackening the smaller nut and withdrawing the probe to check for scale on it.
  2. Has the boiler been tested (if you are going to use it in a shop) Don't forget a water filter.
  3. As I read it the statement is correct. Yes I know the originals are die cast hence the tapered hole and the brass ones drilled parallel. What I was trying to say, plug the hole's in the brass, then redrill in same position as old dispersion block. BUT drill the holes to the same size as the holes at the narrowest end of the hole in the original plate. ie 4 mm rather than the 5 mm on top. Or even 3.5 mm to try for more restriction and allow to drill out to 4 mm if required.
  4. Try plugging them and redrill to same position of old screen , drill smaller diameter, this will allow you to try bore similar to outlet on old screen. Possibly tapered hole was for release from mould in casting. ?
  5. It depends on the size of drink you are used to / enjoy. Personally I only drink doubles whether as espresso or as flat white. Mrs El c finds doubles too strong in flat whites but enjoys 9 /10 gram 1=2 flat whites as her prefered drink. As already stated you cannot normally use the larger basket's in a normal P/F as they are too deep and you cannot use the spout to split them . Mrs El c tried the 15 gm basket but found it too much / strong.
  6. Take a look online for Fuid-o-Tech rotary vane pumps manual =exploded view of pumps and parts description. Take it apart in a super clean area with space to lay out parts. The vanes and springs are delicate and need to be VERY carefully assembled. Keep everything clean including your hands. Good luck.
  7. Agree with M R S, go for the 18 gm, the 15 gm IS finicky . The 18 gm will give you a rich cup of coffee, I would NOT try splitting for two milk drinks.
  8. Try putting two coins under the front feet, see if it makes a difference.
  9. Without the P/F in place, run the pump for 30 seconds and measure the amount of water coming through. The NEW pump should give approx 125 - 130 cc's in this time. The old pump should give 110 cc's in 30 secs Both these depend on pump number.
  10. Is the shower screen bent / deformed on the edge ? or is there a coffee ground in the recess holding it off allowing water past ? Also is the machine level ?
  11. I think you will find both items unscrew, the stat and the stud it is attached to. (GENTLY) Ref the terminals, it does not mean it is going but it has seen considerable work/ use. Check it carefully when it is out and has been cleaned. DO NOT GET THE TERMINALS WET.. As was pointed out above, it has been leaking for a long time, the corrosion/ scale will be all along the element thread helping to bind it. Take care when removing.
  12. Does the stat not withdraw ? Look carefully at the element terminals, the L/H one looks slightly brown (insulator)
  13. Does it run freely without the portafilter in place ? Have you tried upending the P/F in hot Pulycaff ?
  14. El carajillo

    Am I mad

    No, Davecuk does not work there.
  15. Looks like you need a "caliper face spanner" You can make these using two strips of metal fixed together at one end with a bolt. The free ends fix two pins the diameter of the holes in the plate
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