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Danruth
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 6:23pm
Subject: Plumbing a Duetto III
 

As the title says, I am planning on plumbing my Alex Duetto III. I was just wondering for anyone who has done this already, is it basically just running a water line to the hose that came with the machine? or is there any more to it? I was planning on just using a splitter on my cold water supply from under the kitchen sink.
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 6:29pm
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You might want to plumb in an inline water softener. Some are rechargable, some work with replacable cartridges, any will help to keep your machine less calcified.
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Danruth
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 6:34pm
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SStones Said:

You might want to plumb in an inline water softener...any will help to keep your machine less calcified.

Posted March 13, 2014 link

That is probably a good idea, thanks, looking at inline softeners they don't seem to be to expensive. Is the rest of it as easy as it seems? Just run the line from the supply - to the softner - to the machine?
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 7:33pm
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You should check your water pressure, between 2-3 bars is ideal and a pressure  regulation valve to keep it at around 2 bars is a good idea.
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Danruth
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 8:07am
Subject: Re: Plumbing a Duetto III
 

DavecUK Said:

You should check your water pressure, between 2-3 bars is ideal and a pressure  regulation valve to keep it at around 2 bars is a good idea.

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will do, should I just hook it up and see what the pressure on the machine is reading or do I have to check it, somehow, before I hook it up?
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 9:16am
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Danruth Said:

will do, should I just hook it up and see what the pressure on the machine is reading or do I have to check it, somehow, before I hook it up?

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I don't think that's going to be accurate enough, personally I would always put a pressure control valve on the system. You need a proper one, simply putting a standard vale that you then reduce flow rate with by closing most of the way won't work properly and isn't right. Pressure can vary by time of day and time of year, or even if you use other water appliances. This way you cans et to a know pressure constant, which does help the pump a lot.

http://www.rwc.co.uk/images/pdfs/prv/PRV_001.pdf

read, the link above, understand it, then order something that does what this does, with a gauge if you can.
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 12:11pm
Subject: Re: Plumbing a Duetto III
 

SStones Said:

You might want to plumb in an inline water softener. Some are rechargable, some work with replacable cartridges, any will help to keep your machine less calcified.

Posted March 13, 2014 link

Definitely test the tap water.  I connected my Duetto 3 using the softening and filtering kit from Clive/Chris Coffee.
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 12:37pm
Subject: Re: Plumbing a Duetto III
 

takeshi Said:

I connected my Duetto 3 using the softening and filtering kit from Clive/Chris Coffee.

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Yea I ordered that kit along with my grinder. Will probably head up to Lowes this weekend to find a pressure regulator. Thanks for all the help guys
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 1:28pm
Subject: Re: Plumbing a Duetto III
 

Chris' sells a regulator that works with their JG tubing as well.  Easy to install and maintain.  You can pick one up from them.
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 7:47am
Subject: Re: Plumbing a Duetto III
 

I assume, and please correct me if I'm wrong, the pressure regulator goes in between the filter and the machine? I know this is not going to look very pretty as I will have the hoses exposed running over the counter tops lol, just until I move and can do it properly.
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