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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 8:56am
Subject: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

I am looking for a copper pipe that connects the heat exchanger outlet to the group inlet on an Isomac Relax. I have checked with the usual sources (and some unusual), and they don't have them and can't order from Isomac until November. If you have a spare laying around, I'd be interested in it. Price negotiable. It is number 56 in this diagram. I am also attaching a photo.

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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 12:43pm
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

Is that a flair fitting? If it is, just make a new copper tube and reuse the fittings. If it is something else, well good luck in the search!

 
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 1:11pm
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

calblacksmith Said:

Is that a flair fitting? If it is, just make a new copper tube and reuse the fittings. If it is something else, well good luck in the search!

Posted July 26, 2013 link

Yes they are, Wayne. One of the fittings is broken off (why I am replacing the pipe). My last resort will be buying pipe and fittings. I can reuse the nuts. I am not familiar with plumbing soldering so I will have to learn a new skill or pass it off to a plumber to do... :)

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Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 7:05am
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

dana_leighton Said:

Yes they are, Wayne. One of the fittings is broken off (why I am replacing the pipe). My last resort will be buying pipe and fittings. I can reuse the nuts. I am not familiar with plumbing soldering so I will have to learn a new skill or pass it off to a plumber to do... :)

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i don't think it needs soldered. if it is a flare fitting you can make a new pipe with this.... Click Here (www.harborfreight.com) you also might need this to shape the new pipe..... Click Here (www.harborfreight.com)

just remember to slide the nuts on before you flare the ends. ;)

 
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Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 7:39am
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

dana_leighton Said:

I am looking for a copper pipe that connects the heat exchanger outlet to the group inlet on an Isomac Relax. I have checked with the usual sources (and some unusual), and they don't have them and can't order from Isomac until November. If you have a spare laying around, I'd be interested in it. Price negotiable. It is number 56 in this diagram. I am also attaching a photo.

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Stefano's espresso care may have that pipe w/fitting.
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Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 11:31am
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

It is an easy operation to do. The HF tool is more than. Enough for a one tine use. Less than a dollar for the tube. I can do further with info later if it comes to that.

 
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Posted Sun Jul 28, 2013, 9:53am
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

CSME9 Said:

Stefano's espresso care may have that pipe w/fitting.

Posted July 27, 2013 link

Stefano was the first of the "usual sources" I tried. The unusual sources include vendors in Europe and Australia. No-one has it in stock, and as Isomac is going on vacation next week, the next orders won't go in until November... :( Anyway, Stefano asked me to send the part, and see if he has something close that I can use in the interim.

Failing that, I will try the self-manufactured route. Thanks everyone for the pointers.

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Posted Sun Jul 28, 2013, 7:10pm
Subject: Re: WTB: Group inlet pipe for Isomac Relax
 

Hi guys, this looks like it could be a compression fitting using ferrules.  If so, then a couple of new ferrules and a bit of pipe won't cost much - assuming they will sell you less than 25' of pipe.  You would only need a pipe bender then.  

This happened on my Salvatore machine.  There is a similar sized and shaped pipe coming off of my vibe pump that has failed twice - it doesn't seem to like the vibration and develops stress fractures from metal fatigue.  At least its cheap to fix.

I bought a pack of 3 spring type pipe benders for cheap.  I've also heard that you can fill it with sand to prevent it from flattening, but on a short pipe that would be very tricky.   One tip I do have is to bend it while the pipe is long.  Bend the profile you want, then cut it to size.

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