ericcomposer72 Senior Member Joined: 16 Nov 2013 Posts: 56 Location: New York Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 4:01pm Subject: Ridgeless baskets and springs
I just got my VST 15g ridgeless basket in the mail--wow, what a difference from the stock NS Oscar basket!
I first put the basket in with the spring still in the PF. I noticed this scratches the outside of the basket, so I removed the spring. I then realized, as I was burning myself, trying to hold the basket in place as I knocked out a used puck, that they do not stay in place very well.
Should I leave the spring in and just let it get slightly scratched? Are there different springs for ridgeless?
With a little fiddling and bending with a pair of pliers you can shape the spring so that it doesn't protrude as far out from inner wall of the portafilter. Play around until you just have enough tension to hold it in when you tap out the puck, and not so much that you have to force the basket in. That way you won't disturb the puck if you fill the basket outside the portafilter and it should minimize any scratching.
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