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  1. Great, let's take it to pm.
  2. I was getting the steam and brew actuations mixed up, that's what you get by posting while in bed on a Sunday morning. However, the principle is similar, could you not use the voltage that actuates the alarm relay to power the LEDs? I have removed the on-board relay on a couple of PIDs to convert them to drive brew SSDs, linking their input to the output terminals to give DC (12V according to my notes) output. As I said, just thinking out loud, exploring possibilities.
  3. Just thinking out loud... The output on the alarm terminals of a PID is DC (24v?). So if a PID alarm is not used for steam temp control, could it be used to power LEDs by setting the alarm to a much lower temp?
  4. I have heard of people putting white or brightly coloured objects to float in the tank. You can then see at a glance what the level is.
  5. Londinium L1 for sale £1,300. Selling my 2014 Londinium L1. Bought from board member Heligan about two years ago, advert here; https://coffeeforums.co.uk/topic/44918-londinium-l1-2012-2016-£1400/?tab=comments#comment-648807, who in turn had bought it new. I have only used it to make about four espressos per day since, only used water from our well which has no scale in it at all. Cafelat E61 200IM shower screen, recommended for lever machines, Stock (18g?) basket and Londinium branded 22g basket (as recommended by Londinium, even for 18g shots).
  6. I'm a fan of the Dualit toaster too, I got fed up with buying a new toaster everytime one went wrong. I once bought a Rancilio Silvia for £20 that only needed the reset button on the thermostat pressing to get it working. I also bought a "spares or repairs" Miele bean to cup machine for £10 that worked perfectly when I got it home, never did find out what the fault was supposed to be.
  7. You may wait a while for another to appear, they are not very common in this country. As they need a bit of work to get the best out of them they should appeal to those that like to modify. Here is a picture of mine as it is today. Good luck.
  8. It's what is know as an OWC (Old White Coffee) to distinguish it from other Gaggias. It is reckoned to be the precurser to the Classic. It has some design limitations which can be mitigated, very nice when sorted but some spares will be difficult to find. The one pictured looks like it's in good condition for such an old machine. I have done a restoration thread on one which answers some of your questions, use the search function to find it.
  9. Last update. Ring is working fine now. Slight tendency for it to rotate while grinding so a little double sided tape was needed to hold it in place. No plans to do any more modifications.
  10. This is the new MK11a version. Although I won't be milling any more as it's too much of a faff for me. Field trials will resume tomorrow morning.
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    I've seen Horseflies (or Clegs) in Scotland, they are bigger bluebottle size with iridescent eyes. Stable flies are smaller, plainer and sneakier.
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    It's just a generic type found almost everywhere. Make is Dinomark. Powered by two AA batteries. I'm not sure that there are more powerful ones as they may be a danger to kids, those with weak hearts etc. I wouldn't buy another if this one went wrong. We sometimes get stable flies here, about the same size as a housefly but the little buggers bite, If I see one I reach for the normal type plastic fly swatter first.
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    I have one of the tennis racquet type zappers. it's not very effective for larger flying insects. it will probably work with lighter insects like mozzies etc. Don't use it much, probably more useful in hotter climes. We have been getting a lot of queen wasps in the house over winter. They overwinter in the log piles, when the logs are brought in and placed in the warmth near the log burner they wake up and start flying around. Fish in ponds eat the insect larvea and amphibian eggs and tadpoles.
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