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GarrettVD
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 10:47pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Thanks so much for this informative thread, Kristi! I just purchased one of these so I'm sure this will come in handy. Well done!

-G.
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 10:58pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Hey kristi,

I'm new to all this...
Do you mean when ever i pull a shot there should be some stuff drippling out of the OPV? If that is the case where are the screws to remove the reservoir?

Thanks
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 11:36pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Coffeekid93 Said:

Hey kristi,

I'm new to all this...
Do you mean when ever i pull a shot there should be some stuff drippling out of the OPV? If that is the case where are the screws to remove the reservoir?

Thanks

Posted July 16, 2006 link

To see if there is water dribbling out of the opv tube, remove the front drip tray grating and watch as you pull a shot.  Also realize that water will not dribble out if you have not ground fine enough to get a 20sec pull.

To remove the reservoir, simply lift straight up.

If more questions, Ask!

:o)

 
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 11:58pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Thanks Kristi now i have realised that no water is dripping out when i even choke the machine.... Not to sure if i should take apart my solis incase i do anything to it and can't fix it. If i'm not asking for too much,  Is it possible for you to do a picture procedure? That will make it easier to take apart.
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Kristi
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Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006, 11:04am
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Sure - just be patient with me - I'll try to do it later today, in spurts.

Remember, anything you do to your machine is AT YOUR OWN RISK.  I am handy with tools and this is a 2 year old machine.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006, 10:49pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

This should get you to a step by step process of getting to your Solis OPV.   Holler if you have probs with the link!

View Solis SL70 OPV


Click on the first photo - the brief comments are at the bottom.  Use -next- to look at following photos.   Let me know if something is not clear or is confusing.

Remember, THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!   BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!


Nov 13, 2008  This link no longer works and I do not have the pictures.  Sorry.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006, 11:49pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

How do you remove it when you say it's hard to remove by the "tabs at top. this made it hard to remove!"?

This has nothing to do with the OPV thing. I'm wondering if there is any other PF that will fit the solis?
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Posted Tue Jul 18, 2006, 10:45am
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Coffeekid93 Said:

How do you remove it when you say it's hard to remove by the "tabs at top. this made it hard to remove!"?

This has nothing to do with the OPV thing. I'm wondering if there is any other PF that will fit the solis?

Posted July 17, 2006 link

It took me a while to realize you were talking about the back under plate - spring it out - ie by pulling in the middle it becomes a curve and is shorter end to end.  This allows the end grouves to free themselves from the sides, but it still takes a little gentle bending and moving it around to get it out.  Do this up close, not at arms length.  Look at the problem in front of you and figure out how to do it.

Other pf?  There are Solis replacement pfs available.  The only other one I have looked at is the La Spaz which is 53mm, but from the pictures it looks like the pf tabs are lower and thus wouldn't work in a Solis head.  I know that the Swiss 15 year old Elespresso pf  works fine, but I don't know if that company still uses 53mm.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 18, 2006, 10:21pm
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

How much do i turn the OPV?

The tab from the La Spaz PF doesn't look that low or is it?
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Posted Wed Jul 19, 2006, 10:53am
Subject: Re: Solis SL70 notes
 

Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  I put a pic of the exploded (dirty) OPV up on the album.  I took mine all the way off, soaked it in CleanCaf decalcify overnight and re-assembled it.  I am still tightening it, that is, tuning for the best setting.  I went way down on my grind setting and am now backing off.

I still have between 1/8" and 3/16" gap in the OPV nut, but I will probably wind up with about 1/8"

In the picture you can see the white gunk they put on the threads, which is what makes it so hard to get off.

I am running my machine for a few days with the back plate off so I can easily adjust the OPV.

Hope all that helps!

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""The tab from the La Spaz PF doesn't look that low or is it?""
Dunno.  Buy one and tell us!!!  :o)

Maybe some fine dealer who sells both would try it and tell us!!!!  LOL

EDIT I should know Friday...
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I have a Solis gasket and a rubber backstopper on order from espressoparts.com  .  I needed some cleaning stuff so ordered that.  I like CleanCaf because it's blue.

 
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