plindy Senior Member Joined: 27 Nov 2002 Posts: 59 Location: Seattle Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: NS Oscar Grinder: SJ Pharos Lido HG-One
Posted Wed Feb 20, 2013, 1:56am Subject: Re: Trick out Oscar Party with Upgrades
pump will fill boiler by itself , [open steam valve] , and will stop when brain senses the level probe is reached , if water comes out steam valve , boiler is overfilled.
Tank water level sensed by brain using two connections , [check for corrosion] , like the boiler lever probe , water completes the connection. If tank water and below are full several power on off cycles my clear low water light on front panel.
plastic tubing make it's own flare when nut is tightened , more likely the o-rings in or on the union before the two way are leaking. new union or o-rings needed
The brew button controls the three way the brain , two way , and the level probe control the boiler fill
tmdirt Senior Member Joined: 15 Feb 2013 Posts: 4 Location: bay area Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 8:22pm Subject: Re: Trick out Oscar Party with Upgrades
Hello All Thanks for the help Its alive Total rebuild and cleaning After much diagnosis and time I believe It is the control box. It wont switch to water fill mode. dont have the money for a new one so i did some mods. myself, from junk drawers I put a lead from the fill level which i test continuity for fill level White wire behind switch, and put a three way switch between valves I use a honda 80 piston for the press for extra garage feel BAMM I think i could use this to descale also in the future, might be tough on the pump Alex P.S. I'm not sure which portafilter? if I have single or double? it seems to have less volume than my gaggia. It is only 7/8'' deep or 22mm And a big Brass ring at the shower What does the pod filter look like?
Zuffen Junior Member Joined: 16 Nov 2013 Posts: 1 Location: So Cal Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: NS Oscar Grinder: Vario
Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 7:10pm Subject: Re: Trick out Oscar Party with Upgrades
Hello Coffeegeeks, After reading this thread and watching the video I would like to trick out my Oscar just like you did. Especially the steam lever option as it is a pain to take so many turns in order to start or stop it. So in order to get started I have a couple of questions for the group.
1) How do you bend copper tubing safely? Any tips on the subject will be appreciated. Yes this is for the vacuum breaker and cup upgrade. Any special tools needed? BTW where do you buy the T and Ls from? Mail order or local? Newbie here on this subject.
2) What parts do I need to upgrade the steam wand? Looks like frank828 and plindy went about it differently. I ask this as I do not have the tapping tools that plindy used. Must i have those tools? I certainly like the temporary steam blast feature.
At the moment the vacuum breaker and the steam wand lever upgrades will be tackled first. I'm still unsure how the Musica restrictors help, but I'm sure I will be there soon.
Thank you for posting about modifying your Oscars. After reading and watching the video many times I made up my mind to get one. I never knew that getting into coffee could be so hands on like tricking a hot rod, I love it.
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