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Tobb
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 7:22pm
Subject: Re: Report back on the used Oscar
 

Thank you and I will post a couple videos so you can better see what is happening.

Thanks Coffeenoobie!
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 8:20pm
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I took two videos. I turned the Oscar on, 20 minutes later I purged the air. Took these vids about an hour after turning it on.

Its kinda strange, video one did not start with steam and what it did start with is what I would expect to be the norm. Let me know if different scenarios or videos will help.

First video:
http://youtu.be/DKz_KmTm38k

Second video is 30 seconds after I finished the first video:
http://youtu.be/WzlgGe5Sx8U


There seems to be four stages that have no order or set duration.
-Nothing
-Steam
-Slow flow
-High flow
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 7:18pm
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/friendly bump

I am guessing coffeenoobie is busy and that's totally cool. I am just dieing to get this $500 machine up and making espresso. If anyone knows the link to the valve that would be great.

I am starting to think I need a pump and a valve. Any feedback on my videos is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Dan
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Coffeenoobie
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Espresso: N S Oscar
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 7:25pm
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http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/577323

 
Coffeenoobie

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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 7:27pm
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I was on the road, you might need a pump also, but valve for sure.  Order both with free shipping from espressoparts.com.  Chriscoffee has the pump but I don't think they carry the valve you need.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 7:58pm
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Thanks so much coffeenoobie! I really do appreciate all your help. I am very gracious and hope I did not offend with my bump.

I will put the order in tomorrow with a couple gaskets as you suggested. I am hoping to have it up and running with a few shots under my belt by Thanksgiving so I can supply the shots for everyone.

I was looking at the baskets you suggested. Do those slip right in the NS group? I know the 22 gram will not as the warning states. Is 15 grams the usual 2 shot basket size?

Thanks,
Dan
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 12:02pm
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I mostly use an 18 g vst and a naked portafilter.  if they say it doesn't fit it probably will not. I  am happy to help. it is hard to search old topics on my phone. when you see short non punctuated / capitaled messages from me I am not on my home computer.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 12:08pm
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I'm pretty sure a VST 18g will fit fine in the stock NS portafilter.
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 5:48pm
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I ordered a valve and a pump as well as a few other things.

I couldn't help myself though. When I got home I decided to remove the valve in the steam arm plumbing (same valve is located here). I put the valve from the steam plumbing in next to the boiler and the one next to the boiler in the steam plumbing. The one I removed next to the boiler did in fact look in bad shape. Not quiet as mangled as yours coffeenoobie. I was excited that this was going to be the fix. Alas the steam still pulses out of the group head.

I am still hopeful that the brand new valve and or the new pump will fix the problem, if not where would I look next? Thanks,

Dan,
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 6:50pm
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It will fix the problem. You have my money back gaaarrroonnntyy.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

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