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Hi all. Terribly sorry for the late reply: I've been kept rather busy helping to run a school under remote learning. It's been as easy as you'd imagine. 😬

I'm putting my Gaggia back together and will look to get it to @DarkShadow in the next day or two.

Thanks all.
 

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Hi all. Terribly sorry for the late reply: I've been kept rather busy helping to run a school under remote learning. It's been as easy as you'd imagine. 😬

I'm putting my Gaggia back together and will look to get it to @DarkShadow in the next day or two.

Thanks all.
Hi buddy, my switch panel shattered day before so unfortunately my machine is out of action. For now, happy to drop in after @larkim assuming I can get a replacement.
 

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I've just finished mine. As I think it's mentioned further up thread, it's a bit battered and leaks a bit of water inside the dial but it seems to function fine and just needs a bit of a shake after use - the hardest bit for me was detaching the double spout of the portafilter. Needless to say the OPV needed a fair amount of adjustment downwards.

Getting the top of the OPV valve off wasn't too hard - I ordered the correct attachment weeks ago from Amazon weeks ago but it hasn't come. While I was stripping the machine for a major refurb I loosened it slightly and I think that made it possible to get off with an adjustable spanner. Not ideal but needs must!

Happy to get it into the post tomorrow - as @DarkShadow was in the queue first and @larkim just needs to check, I hope it's okay to go to DS first. Please DM me your deets and I'll get it into the post PDQ.

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A question to any of the current holders of the 'moving' pressure gauges. Does it come with a portafilter or is it just the gauge that needs screwing into a portafilter? I'm in the process of buying a second hand GC but from the photos, it looks like it is a moulded output, ie no threaded part, so I'm wondering if I need to get a cheapy portafilter with an unscrewable spout or if the ones doing the rounds come with one. I'm loath to buy a portafilter just for this as I intend to buy a bottomless one anyway, so don't really need 3, only one of which I'd ever use in normal daily operation.

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A question to any of the current holders of the 'moving' pressure gauges. Does it come with a portafilter or is it just the gauge that needs screwing into a portafilter? I'm in the process of buying a second hand GC but from the photos, it looks like it is a moulded output, ie no threaded part, so I'm wondering if I need to get a cheapy portafilter with an unscrewable spout or if the ones doing the rounds come with one. I'm loath to buy a portafilter just for this as I intend to buy a bottomless one anyway, so don't really need 3, only one of which I'd ever use in normal daily operation.

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Doesn't come with the portafilter so won't fit yours

I know @Mulligrubwas given a measurement from the top of the OPV by someone which was as good as the gauge reading

Can you help Rob?
 

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Thanks @Uncletits, time might have solved this - I'm in the process of buying a 'to be fitted' pressure gauge so a portafilter one won't be needed - I did try setting my OPV using a pressurised air set-up (off the machine) but I don't think it worked very well.
 
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