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Posted Mon Feb 10, 2014, 5:45pm
Subject: Adding a shower-head to a drip machine?  Cuisinart DTC-975
 

My Newco OCS-8 broke a while back, so I picked up a Cuisinart DTC-975 to replace it. It's more-or-less the same machine, except that the new Cuisinart simply has a hole where the water enters the filter basket, instead of the nice shower-head that the Newco had. The result is that the water creates a divot and exits straight down instead of saturating all of the grinds properly. I bought the Cuisinart used, so I'm not sure if it was built this way or if the showerhead is missing.

Does anyone have a crafty DIY way to add a showerhead or water dissipater to a drip machine?
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Posted Tue Feb 11, 2014, 7:14am
Subject: Re: Adding a shower-head to a drip machine?  Cuisinart DTC-975
 

If the diffuser is missing, I would expect to see the raw, threaded end of a pipe where the water exits the machine, if it is finished off in some way, then I would suspect that that is the way it is designed.

If you can remove the head and if the machines are really that closely made, you may be able to move the screen from the old machine to the new one but only you can tell if this is possible.

I would suspect though that the Newco would be the better built of the two. What happened to the Newco to retire it? I have returned several machines to service after the owners gave them up for lost, mostly with easy fixes. As the Newco is "broken" anyway, how much will it hurt it to open it up and take a look see?

 
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Posted Tue Feb 11, 2014, 12:14pm
Subject: Re: Adding a shower-head to a drip machine?  Cuisinart DTC-975
 

Thank you for the advice!

I finally found a picture of the spout on another DTC-975 and it's the same as mine; just a hole. I tried to figure out a way to transfer the shower head from the Newco, but the design is different enough that it's impossible from what I can tell.

The Newco has been dying for a a few months, taking about 25-30 minutes to brew and making a loud whirring sound when it pumps water. I descaled it with citric acid, but it didn't help. I've always descaled it every 6 months or so. It is almost 10 years old now, so I imagine that water pump is faulty.
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