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  1. Well just after posting I found a German seller on ebay doing 10 of these for €8.20. If I was lookin these delivered to the UK it would cost €39 postage. But luckily I have a family member who lives in Germany, and who just happens to be sending me a package this week ? . So hopefully that'll be me sorted for a few years.
  2. Its bean (like that? ?) a wee while since I've posted here, mainly because I have had zero issues with my machine. Until now that is. The o ring on my steam spout has withered/broken and other than DeLonghi's own online spares, I can't seem to find the exact same ring on sale anywhere else. Well, I probably could but I don't know the part number or required dimensions, And I don't want to pay DeLonghi £6 for something which only costs £2.50. I mean, £3.50 postage for something which could literally be stuck to the back of a postage stamp. And £2.50 is probably at least £2 more than its worth. So if anyone could suggest an suitable alternative to the official DeLonghi o ring it would be a really big help. If its reasonable then I would probably stock up on a few.
  3. I've been using a DeLonghi bean-to-cup machine for about a year and although it has a descale function, there is no dedicated cleaning/backflushing cycle. It also runs a short clean cycle through the "group head" when shutting down. I still have a lot of Puly cleaner left over from my Gaggia Classic days and I'm wondering if its possible to use this to clean all the coffee deposits from the machine as I'm sure this isn't done automatically. The machine is an Autentica ETAM 29.510.
  4. Richard what do you use to descale your machine? I was wondering if in future he could use a citric acid solution, like I use in my Gaggia Classic.
  5. I just went ahead with the next step and it worked. It looks like it is either a mistake in the instruction manual, but as it states the same thing twice, its more likely the machine functionality has been changed slightly and the instructions haven't been updated.
  6. I'm descaling my dad's DeLonghi bean-to-cup machine for him. This is its first descaling and everything seemed to be going according to the instructions until about 10 minutes ago, when the cycle stopped. The instructions say that when the cycle finishes, the water and steam indicators flash. But it is the descale and steam indicators which are on. Now I'm wondering whether to cancel the cycle completely and proceed with the rinsing cycle, or wait a while longer to see if the cycle finishes itself. If anyone here has one of these machines, can you give me some advice on what to do now? It's an Autentica ETAM 29.510.B model.
  7. Yeah, it was a file I was going to use because, as mcrmfc says, using a dremel or a grinding drill bit is too risky even at low speed. I'm getting the impression here that the "collar" is what causes the steam valve knob to stop opening, making it possible to unscrew the pin right out in normal use. Is that right?
  8. The steam valve on my Classic has been steadily getting worse. After descaling at the weekend, it got even worse with a steady flow of water each time the valve is opened. I looked it up and found a video where the owner says the leak is caused by a buildup of scale in the steam valve and because it can't be descaled properly, the leak just gets worse. In the video, he shows how to grind back the collar where the brass open/close pin goes into the aluminium pipe, allowing the pin to be removed for descaling. The end of the video shows the reassembled valve working perfectly with no leaks. Has anyone here made that modification to the steam valve? I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing and not bringing a world of pain on myself doing this.
  9. Thanks for the links. Unfortunately the first one doesn't include a group seal and the second is Mark's listing. I got one anyhow.
  10. Thanks Mark. Do you still offer a bit of discount for members? Sorry just saw you're still not accepting orders from me.
  11. I'm looking for a second portafilter for my Classic if any of you have a spare lying about. Naked or standard, doesn't really matter. No basket required.
  12. Hi guys. I need a full set of seals and rings for doing a full service of my classic. Where's the best place to get them?
  13. As fast as that? Okay, I'll need to order a set of seals etc first so I'll get back to you by tomorrow.
  14. I'm having exactly the same problem. I backflushed my Classic for the first time after having it over 18 months (I know, I know...) and then descaled it. It worked like new afterwards. A week later, no water coming through the grouphead. So I descaled again. Same thing a week later. So I descaled it for a third time and its had a steady drip from the steam wand since. I'm also getting a little loss of steam at the steam wand fitting as well, so I know a new gasket ring is in order there. But the steady drip is a real annoyance. Otherwise, I'm delighted with the performance after backflushing. The steam pressure is excellent, I only have to crack it open a turn, maybe a turn and as half, and I'm steaming 300ml of milk in about 90 seconds.
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