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Deus
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:12pm
Subject: External Water Source Mod
 

I found a picture of a Cuadra with an external water tank next to it with some tubes running to it.
Does anyone know how this works or have a link to a how to? I have a waterline running from my home filtration system to my refrigerator I can splice into
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 1:42pm
Subject: Re: External Water Source Mod
 

here it is

Deus: mod.JPG
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grant862
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 7:09pm
Subject: Re: External Water Source Mod
 

I posted about it here

"Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread"
"Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread"
"Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread"

quick summary:
2.5 gallon jub from target
I got a 1/4" to 1/4" barb connector from Acehardware
I got a silicon tube from espresso parts 9mm x 6mm (i believe it was for a rancillo)

I absolutely love it, well worth the extra counter space and $25 in cost. In the future I plan to reroute the small tube coming from the opv to give me more length so I can have it discharge into the external water reservoir.
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 12:40pm
Subject: Re: External Water Source Mod
 

This is great! Thank you.

I don't see why I cannot do the same by connecting this to the water line that runs to my refrigerator. This should make me completely plummed
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Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013, 7:56am
Subject: Re: External Water Source Mod
 

Will there be any problems if I remove the water filter?
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Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013, 4:28pm
Subject: Re: External Water Source Mod
 

Deus Said:

I don't see why I cannot do the same by connecting this to the water line that runs to my refrigerator. This should make me completely plummed

Posted March 22, 2013 link

The biggest reason why that might not work is because the water from your fridge is under pressure. I don't know if your machine can accept a pressurized line, but it could ruin your pump. In grant862's install, he basically made an external water tank. That worked fine because it wasn't pressurized. I don't know if he did it that way because he had to, or just because it was convenient for him.

If your machine can't handle a pressurized line, then you still can plumb it in. You would just need to install a float valve to turn on/off the spigot whenever the water level dropped. Just like in your toilet, whenever it detects a low water level, it fills until it is full. I've seen a few people around here do that.
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Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:11pm
Subject: Re: External Water Source Mod
 

tinyenormous Said:

If your machine can't handle a pressurized line, then you still can plumb it in. You would just need to install a float valve to turn on/off the spigot whenever the water level dropped. Just like in your toilet, whenever it detects a low water level, it fills until it is full. I've seen a few people around here do that.

Posted March 28, 2013 link

My machine is reservoir only, not plumbable. I thought about the auto refill in the reservoir with a float valve, but just moving the reservoir outside of the machine was much easier for me to do. I have the counter space and it took all of 10 minutes to connect once I had the jug, connector, and extra silicone tube.
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