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Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012, 2:48pm
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Rob55 Said:

Thanks Jim for the reply. I am not sure who you mentioned it to on the phone 2 weeks ago, but I can assure you it wasn't me. I think I was the first one who had a fuse go and I did call you guys back then.(in Dec) Whoever I spoke to there had me take the machine apart ...both sides, top, back, water reservoir, frame for reservoir.... and heck I can't remember what all. I happen to notice the fuse by accident... it's kind of hard to see. I called back and the guy told me it didn't have a fuse. Anyhow he checked and decided yea it had a fuse. You guys didn't replace it .... I did. But you also took care of me (and thanks for that).

I am not sure what else might be on that circuit, but I will try and check. No idea what a joule is ...guess I will see what I can find out .... also I wouldn't have the first clue how much voltage there is coming from the outlet.... or how to check it or even what to check it with... suffice to say I know absolutely zip about electricity. I am sure someone I know will understand....if I can figure out who to ask.

Meanwhile I will not use it until I find out something definitive. Besides ... the Lelit has been making some super shots (plugged right where the Cuadra was plugged in) I will say that in the 20 years I have lived here nothing else has had a problem working perfectly from this outlet.

Thanks for all the info though. Hopefully I can find someone that knows what it all means.

Posted October 8, 2012 link

Thanks. Sorry for confusing you. Yes, we did not even know there was a fuse inside until you called. Right now, there are two machines with a constant fuse issue.

 
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Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012, 2:49pm
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slybarman Said:

Jim - what voltage will blow the fuse?

I assume he would need a surge suppressor of a sufficiently low clamping voltage to have any effect.

Posted October 8, 2012 link

It is hard to say.

 
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Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012, 2:53pm
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Rob55 Said:

I took apart my machine and inspected the wiring. Couldn't find and loose wires or burnt wires.... however I did find this part click here on the right side in this picture or opposite the wire to have that chamber smoked over a bit. Now I don't know if this part is causing the problem or if the problem has caused this part to look that way. Will replacing it fix my problem or will the new one look like that as soon as I blow a fuse or 2.

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Email me at my sales email on 1st-line your info including invoice number so I can see to get this replaced under warranty.

 
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Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012, 8:11pm
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Has anyone perfected microfoam on the Cuadra yet? I'm still struggling . . . Should I try a new tip or new pitcher shape? I have the newer 2 hole tip and a 20 oz. straight sided pitcher.
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Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012, 9:03pm
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cruizie Said:

Has anyone perfected microfoam on the Cuadra yet? I'm still struggling . . . Should I try a new tip or new pitcher shape? I have the newer 2 hole tip and a 20 oz. straight sided pitcher.

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What kind of drinks have you been trying to make?

Have you tried different kinds and types of milk? I was using whole milk, then 2% and now I've been using skim. Surprisingly (for me), the skim has been working much better. I think I've been overheating my milk and was ending up with foam that just wanted to float on top of the espresso rather than integrate (I've been making lattes). I'm now stopping the steaming much earlier and putting a lot less air in. My foam is getting close to acceptable.
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 4:44am
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cruizie Said:

Just received and am starting to install my new thermometer. Were there any variances to the instructions for the Cuadra? So excited to see how much it helps me!

Posted October 10, 2012 link

As far as I can remember, just follow the included instructions. Eric thought I had the probe set a bit too far in and he readjusted it. See photo below, That is where he set it.

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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:07am
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FWIW I just got one of those little gizmos that tells you how much a given appliance costs to operate. You enter you price/kw into the device and it plugs in between the appliance and the outlet.

With the Caudra up-to-temp and idling, it is estimating that it will cost about $0.22 per day to sit there and idle. Obviously, getting the machine up-to-temp and recovery use way more electric than idling. I will measure the cost of bringing it up-to-temp (say 45 minutes or so) in the next day or so. For comparison purposes, I am paying $.0869 per kwh.
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 5:01pm
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I did a 45 minute heat-up from cold. It consumed .25 kw for a total cost of $.02.

No worries about it being an energy pig. :)
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 9:16pm
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I'm making lattes only.  I've been surfing/adding air until about 80 degrees and then sink it  just below the surface until about 140 degrees.  I use 1% milk exclusively and refuse to bump up the fat content. I usually work with about 10 oz. but I'm going to try steaming a little less milk tomorrow and see if that helps.

Are the holes on the 2 hole tip a little larger than normal?  Seems like I can't find a sweet spot for adding air.
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 9:23pm
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Glad it's not an energy pig!

Thanks for the pic of your thermometer installed.  Mine looks pretty much the same.  But, when I slid it in, that's where it stopped.  Felt like it hit and settled against something inside. Do you think I should pull it up just a bit so the tip isn't sitting against anything?
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