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  1. Does anyone know the length of the screw that goes through the centre of the shower screen in to the group head on a Sage Dual boiler? Mine has sheared off in the GH and I’m just out of warranty, so looking to drill it out of the group head and replace with my own rather than go through what could be a stressful process with Sage. Thanks.
  2. Quick question. Had my shower screen for a couple of years now. Recently have noticed that it looks a little ‘saggy’. And is leaving an indent on the puck. Do these things fail after a time. The stock screen that I haven’t used looks a tight mesh ??
  3. I was wondering if owners could post up their current shower screen of choice for their beautiful Vesuvius. I've just replaced the standard screen with an IMS E61 200 NT. I checked the flow with a warming flush and it looked superior - widely dispersed droplets like a shower, unlike the sometimes cone-like flow of the standard screen....... so far so good. I pulled a shot with beans that I know with my standard workflow and discovered some spritzing that I haven't had before........ not a huge amount though did raise an eyebrow. Then after removing pf I had the puck stuck to the screen...... normally no biggie as I have had e61s in the past though this has never ever happened to me on the V. I understand this may be just a coincidence though something tells me it's not - I have read on the tapatalk forum one member went back to stock screen because of this perhaps. I use a 15g VST and dose around 15.5g - an unforgiving basket though something I got working quite well before.
  4. Hi everyone, I don’t know if I’m imagining things but is this pouring to the right? If so would this effect my espresso and can I fix it? It seems it is affecting it as my puck comes out with little holes to the right, between 1-3 of them.. Thanks in advance! **Video to follow once i work out how!**
  5. Post edited - shower screens sold Found some bits lying around I don't need. All £10 posted. Urnex Grindz. 430g tub - used, still loads left. See photo for level in the tub.
  6. Hi all, Had my DTP for around 3 months using it every other day or so. When it comes to cleaning I've just followed the instruction booklet,however,on this forums people talk about removing the shower screen and cleaning it. Is this important? If so how often is it recommended?'Looks quite a difficult task prising away so I'm nervous about damaging the machine. Thank you Paul
  7. Can I start by saying my previous machine was a second hand baby gaggia, this was the first time I had changed a group gasket and it was totally cemented to the machine so I was very surprised at how easy a relatively new gasket can be removed. Anyway, I've had this machine for 9 weeks and this was the screen and gasket. Pretty disgusting, and this was after there soak and new cafelat gasket. I know I'm showing myself but it will not be left for this length of time again obviously and just wanted to show what 5-6 shots a day for 9 weeks looks like and why you need to drop the screen regularly.
  8. Morning! Have had the LR for about a month and have to say it's fantastic. I fitted the ims 35 shower screen and to start with it was fine and held well. It recently has started popping off if I flush without the pf holder. I have cleaned the screen and the group but still it feels loose. It seats fine but isn't secure. Any ideas what's going on? @dfk41 this is still happening after what we had discussed.
  9. Hi, I've found that relatively recently my gaggia classic has started doing a really fine spray through the shower screen, which sprays out in all directions, rather than the sort of flow I'd usually expect. The photo below attempts to capture what I mean. This is quite annoying as it means I end up with water sprayed everywhere when I'm running water through without a portafilter in. I can still pull a shot ok but when I take the portafilter off there's lots of little dimples in the coffee puck. I did a descale and clean using backflush cleaner some weeks ago and it seemed to very briefly go back to normal but it's since started doing it again. Does anyone know what might cause this? Might it be worth replacing the shower screen or something?
  10. Hi, I'm slowly getting there with my classic - OPV mod, descale, boiler strip down and new solenoid. I can now pull an okay 25-30s shot, but get less espresso from the right spout compared with left over the length of the pull. Is this normal or is there a fault? Or, should I be thinking about a better shower screen (compared to the old stock screen) or even a bottomless group handle? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Richard
  11. Hello all I'm using the standard portafilter on my Expobar Leva. The portafilter has never locked in a 6 o'clock... more like 7! Never thought anymore about it until today. Just moved onto a new bag of coffee and dosed 18g, locked into machine and it felt a bit tight... took the PF back out, and the tamped coffee is touching the shower screen. I realise there should be a gap... is it 5p thickness or something? I normally dose around 18g, and in the basket, the volume is the same as normal I've tried to get the shower screen out, but can't and didn't want to force it... I think it's standard... gauze type. How do I remove this... makes me wonder if gasket is incorrectly fitted or something? w
  12. I bought a Cremina 2002 from this forum a couple of years ago, and have been enjoying it very much since then. I use it for one espresso daily, sometimes a bit more. In 2 years, I've had to replace some wiring (which was dodgy when I bought it), and the power switch (because the light stopped working). I also replaced the pressure sensor, which was dodgy. Other than that, I've taken the shower screen out every couple of months and cleaned and relubed the insides of the group head. Today, for the first time in ages, I had to do some maintenance. The group head gasket had cracked, so I had to replace it. When I look back on that list of maintenance, it actually seems like quite a lot, and I'm not very skilled with my hands. I find myself wondering if there's anything out there that needs even less maintenance. There are other reasons to love the Cremina (small footprint, manual lever makes me feel connected), but perhaps there's something else I should consider. Any thoughts?
  13. Hi All, First off let me say, fantastic forum you've got here, you've already helped me so much with my technique and equipment. Unfortunately iv'e got a bit of an issue that i'm not sure how to address... but firstly, what i'm working with - - Gaggia Classic circa 2003: reconditioned by me, new group head gasket, new shower screen and a thorough backflush / decal. Also fitted a Rancilio V2 wand - Krups GVX2 grinder: all i could get at the time. Will buy a Eureka Mignon when Belle have them in stock again. - 58mm stainless tamper Also worth noting that I buy fresh beans from UE every week. Now, onto my problem. I got around to buying a bottomless portafilter and my god the channeling is strong with this one. First thought was a combination of shitty grind and shitty technique... the grind I can't do anything about but i practiced with about 250g worth of beans the other day and every single shot was still a miss. Tonight I decided I was going to take the shower screen and group head out to see if they needed a clean. They were pretty much spotless but when i ran some clean water through i noticed that, with the shower screen in place, there were 2 steady streams of water and only a few holes were it was 'showering.' I thought this might be an issue as when I'd googled a video earlier to make sure i put the screen on the correct way i came across this video : which shows a nice steady shower of water coming through. I sorta figured that, if there's a heavy stream coming through the shower screen then undoubtedly it's contributing to my channeling issue. Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Kind Regards Rob
  14. I'm want to buy a Kees Van Der Westen E61 shower screen from Origin. Unfortunately they won't accept paypal payment and I'm not willing to spend crazy money on bank fees for an international transfer. Would anyone here be willing to make the payment on my behalf - it's 20 quid incl postage? I'll paypal you the money (gift payment) and cover any fees you incur for the transfer. I have a forwarding address so delivery isn't a problem. Cheers
  15. How do you remove the shower screen from a La Pavoni 1974?
  16. Can someone point me in the direction of what part number for a replacement IMS/VST shower screen and where the best place to buy ? Plus should I replace the group seal at the same time ?
  17. I picked up a gaggia classic recently in the for sale section, and on disassembling to clean noticed that there are two shower screens. Is this normal for the model? Has it been done to improve the coffee in some way? On searching the internet I can't see any other examples of this. I may just be being very simple about the whole matter.
  18. I am currently getting great results with the stock screen and VST basket, Is their any reason to buy an aftermarket screen ? Would I just be buying one for the sake of it ? or have other L1 owners seen any benefit ?
  19. Need to take off the group head shower screen on a Verona. Any advice please, on the best way to do this. I am anxious not to cause any damage, to the grouphead obviously, but also to the screen and gasket, for they are both still serviceable. Once removed, the screen will be replaced with an IMS 200um competition screen, and the original (still fairly new) gasket seal refitted. Tony.
  20. If this is the first time you'd like to participate in the group buy, please read http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?14547-Group-Buy-Rules By participating in this Group Buy all participants agree to release Coffee Forums UK, its Owners, Administrators, Moderators or any other staff of any and all liability and waive all rights I may have under all laws and governing bodies. By posting in this thread you agree you are entering a binding contract between the Organiser and the Participant. As it seems like a very popular upgrade to a Classic I decided to fit the brass shower plate holder and an IMS 200um integrated shower screen to my machine. Browsing through the forum, I stumbled upon a previous group buy thread and decided that there may be quite a few more people interested (few guys didn't make that last one) in the above upgrade, so hopefully we can make it work! With Glenn's approval this thread is now live and orders are being taken General: To make it time and cost effective, the minimum order quantity for each of the parts is 1, so ideally we would find 15 participants for a set each. You may decide that you'd like a set (1 of each) or that you either have one or the other and get just one of the above, but the priority will go to people ordering sets. Obviously, it works out best if these are sold as a set, but if I'd struggle to get suitable number's for all items, the number of participants will be capped at 20 for whatever combination this may be. Otherwise, the maximum limit of total sets to be sold is 20 (Forum rules), should we predominantly get people committing to set purchases. Parts are new and from a UK supplier. I would like to have the finalised list by eop 15/08 so I can place the order for delivery for Mon/Tue and than have the individual parts distributed by the end of that week. Update (v3, 22.08.2015) - final call for participants, especially those interested in the IMS Screens or whole sets Sign up to be closed end of play Sunday 23rd with order being placed Monday 24.08.2015!!! ONLY 4 SCREENS REMAINING BUT ADDING A COUPLE MORE HOLDERS SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. Cost & payments (inc VAT): Brass Shower Plate holder - £10.50+p&p IMS 200um integrated shower screen (GA 200 IM) - £9.15+p&p which works out circa £6.75 less than buying direct (no delivery included) and is on par with the last group buy ran by @majnu. P&P is currently estimated at £3.00 in total (2nd Class RM non-recorded + small jiffy bag) for both items. If you'd like to use a different type of postage, I am happy to get a quote. Update (v2, 11.08.2015): RM 1st Class with £20 cover is just short of £1.70 but has no tracking (total postage cost £2.00) while RM 2nd Class Recorded with £50 cover is £1 more (total postage cost £3.00 as previously indicated). I've just ordered the jiffy bags as well. 1 set TOTAL: £19.65+p&p (£3 estimate) = £22.65 (approx £8.25 cheaper than buying direct) - £22.70 inc 1st class Recorded Payment by PayPal gift or Bank Transfer only, and prior to dispatch (and before 17/08 please - not applicable - I will let you know as soon as we know how the total participant numbers look like). Participants: SETS: 1. destiny - 2 sets 2. timmyjj21 - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 3. Resurrection - 1 set - PAID 4. bclarke - 1 set 5. Batfink - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 6. Degsey - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 7. Steveop - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 8. Syenitic - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 9. Lor - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED HOLDERS: 1. Gingerneil - 1 holder - PAID 2. Brewster - 1 holder - PAID AND POSTED 3. Kai - 1 holder 4. Risky - 1 holder - PAID AND POSTED 5. Roaringboy - 1 holder - PAID AND POSTED SCREEN: 1. bronc - 1 screen - PAID AND POSTED 3 screens still available for sale @£9.15+p&p (£11.50 with 2nd RM Rec) - 26.08.2015 Change control: Version 1: 04.08.2015 - First post/release Version 2: 11.08.2015 - Up to date participants list and minor update - see red comments. Version 3: 22.08.2015 - Participants list + sign up deadline updated - see blue comments. Version 4: 26.08.2015 - Final price list with postage, payment/delivery update for each participant Unfortunately, this group buy is for UK residents only and I would not be prepared to post abroad. Ps. Please let me know if you think it would be a good idea to add pictures/video for the holder and shower screen within this post. Ps2. I will have irregular internet access for the next few days, so please bear with me if. I will try to respond within 12-24hrs.
  21. Hi Does anyone know if the Rancilio Silvia or Quickmill Silvano shower screen fit the Gaggia Classic? In shop now and they only have these two? Cheers Chris
  22. I damaged the origional shower screen when I took it off to clean it & then reinstalled it with the cone shaped piece in the wrong place. I purchases a replacement from Happy Donkey but it is not the same as the origional and now the flow through the brew head is much quicker. Is this likely to be caused by the new shower screen?
  23. So I had this problem for a while, and couldn't quite figure out what was happening. I ended up making a 'wiper' that would create a crater in the center of the puck before tamping, but this wasn't ideal and didn't always work to boot. Today I decided to try and fault find, and I swapped out the IMS screen I have in there for a bog standard e61 spot welded one, didn't really expect it to solve anything but was my first point of elimination. Anyway I locked in the PF and then remembered I hadn't flushed, pulled out the PF and when checking to see if the puck had got any water on it already I see... Shower screen indentation... bugger me that was the problem all along. The puck had been too close to the screen, so there hadn't been enough room for the water to form over the top of the puck, so it just went directly from screen to puck, missing out the 'blank' in the center and causing my dead spot. I was dosing 18g in a 18g VST, and going down to 17g gives a much better pour. I think this is also a symptom of when I began to tamp lightly, I found great benefit in that it was much easier to tamp evenly with a light tamp, and achieve the same light pressure each time, but being that the puck is larger it may well have been the root of my center dead spot. Anyway, lesson learnt.. onward.
  24. Howdy gang, I think that I ground too fine and tamped too hard! When I locked the portafilter into place and pulled down the lever to preinfuse, all seemed ok, until the lever was stalled and locked pointing at about 60 degrees from horizontal. After a moment the portafilter blew off and the lever sprang back. Unfortunately one of the shower screens and an o-ring blew out, into the drip tray! From an infogram I found I think it's the bottom o-ring that's come out. What should I do? Has anybody experienced one of these "blowouts" of sorts? Can the old o-rings be popped back into place? I figure It's best to replace the screens but should I replace the o-rings too? Your advice is much appreciated.
  25. Hello I've only ever mustered a pathetic dribble from my shower screen, whilst I have seen pictures online of people getting a really nice even shower all the way across the shower screen. I don't think this is a scale issue as the machine is relatively new, I use filtered water, and descale regularly just to be safe. Is a dribble the norm, or should I be hoping for a big ol' shower, please?
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