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saranoelle
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 10:19am
Subject: What to do before transporting Oscar?
 

I'm going to be taking the Oscar for a 4.5 hour car ride to Vancouver, BC. What should I do to prepare it for the trip? I don't have the original packaging. Thanks in advance!
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 10:33am
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Make sure it is cold before moving.  Hot electronics are prone to breaking more than cold electronics.  (this goes for TVs and light bulbs as well) I pull out the tank and empty it dry. Then put in a couple of dry washcloths where the tank was to soak up stray water from the cup the tank sits in so it doesn't get out and drip on the brain.  Empty and dry the drip tray.  I put it in a box in my trunk with all my coffee accessories.   I normally just let the washcloths stay in where the tanks sits the whole trip there and back.  It is pretty heavy to tip over but I would rather it get the cloths wet than the electronics.  If you have a Baratza grinder that you are bringing take your adjustment tool with you as well.  It seems cleaning or traveling make it necessary to adjust them again.

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 10:39am
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Thanks very much for the info. Do you try to drain as much out of the boiler as possible or it will be fine? I'm making the trip to Vancouver today, and am enjoying a couple cappa's before I go. Yes, I have a Vario, so will remember to bring the adjustment tool.
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 11:16am
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I don't touch the boiler.  I have traveled with mine at least 5 times.  Good luck!

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 11:23am
Subject: Re: What to do before transporting Oscar?
 

Ok, great. That's pretty easy then. Thanks for the advice. :)

PS: Came across the franken-oscar video - seems I have a project cut out for me in the near future. I haven't even opened him up since buying the machine used last December. I have a feeling a descaling might be necessary, the last owner said the machine was about 5 years old and has had a couple of descalings. This is my first machine, ever, so maybe I'd rather take it into a professional?
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 5:33pm
Subject: Re: What to do before transporting Oscar?
 

I did quite a lot of work on it myself.  See the link below for when I had help.

 
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