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Topic: Silvia--a close shave, but OK (3 msgs / 358 lines)
1) From: Sandra Andina
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So yesterday morning, after suggesting to a new Silvia owner that they  
try the "cheat" method devised by Mark Prince over on CoffeeGeek.com,  
I did so myself. Only I got caught up in getting ready to go out for  
Christmas dinner (and dealing with yet another kitten-vs-tree"let"  
battle) and neglected to turn off the steam switch after brewing my  
breve. Discovered this after I got home from dinner and my family  
wanted glogg--and I didn't want to haul out a saucepan and perhaps  
overdrink or waste the stuff.  Steamed each small cup of glogg,  
cleaned the steam wand, turned the steam switch off, did a final water  
backflush and PF wiggle/wipedown and turned the machine off.
This morning (okay, noon) I arose and hit the "on" switch to let  
Silvia heat on her own; after the usual cat-wrangling and an Aeropress  
of Tanania Meru (oh, my--great stuff), I decided to kick back about 1  
pm and have my breakfast of a breve and sourdough toast.  Went over to  
Silvia and noticed to my horror that the BOL (Big Orange Light), her  
indicator of "I'm not ready yet" was still on. Felt the sides of the  
machine--stone cold. Uh-oh. Pulled a blank shot--ditto. Hit the hot  
water switch and drew off some water--also stone cold. Hit the steam  
switch--nothing came out, but I thought I'd feel the side of the  
machine--felt tepid, not cold.  But I thought, there goes my remaining  
decent machine--the Magister is still in the shop, the basement has an  
old Krups and a Capresso Ultima (both "pump toys"), Metropolis is  
closed till Jan. 2, Intelly is at least a 10-min. drive (and good luck  
parking), and the only espresso w/in walking distance open today is  
the Starburnt kiosk in the supermarket.
Looked across the room and saw a copy of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the  
Galaxy" and immediately murmured, "Don't panic!" Googled "Silvia won't  
heat," and lo and behold, found a link with that same wording for Home  
Barista.com.   First thing they suggested was to try the reset button  
(I'd never opened up Silvia before) but ominously suggested that if  
turning on the steam switch causes the machine to heat, I might have  
blown a brew thermostat or even heating element. Word is too that if a  
new boiler were necessary, I'd be S.O.L.--the thin tinny 2007 model  
boiler won't fit a 2004-era machine.  One writer on the thread said  
his red reset switch wouldn't budge, hence the more depressing  
direction the thread began to take.
So I unplugged the machine, took the hoses out of the tank and removed  
the tank, and unscrewed the top. Yup, boiler was cold.  Pushed the  
little red dot in the center of the photo of Silvia's innards, but it  
wouldn't budge.  But wait a minute........what's that bigger red  
plastic button sticking out horizontally beneath one of the  
connectors? Pushed it--and swore I felt a slight click.
Put the tank and hoses back in but didn't put the top back on. Plugged  
the machine in, turned it on (BOL came on) and I could swear I heard  
gurgling coming from the tank hoses. Touched the boiler--definitely  
warm-to-hot.  Then the BOL went off--touched the boiler again.
Never was I so happy to have burned my finger!  Quickly lifted the  
tank & hoses out, put the top back on and the tank & hoses back in,  
and noticed the top was once again a cup warmer. Replaced the four  
screws, did the "cheat" procedure and ended up with a yummy Rocket  
Fuel breve.
And, oh, yeah--I TURNED OFF THE!@#$%^&*() STEAM SWITCH!!!
A Boxing Day lagniappe indeed. Drink on!
Sandy
Sandy Andina
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So yesterday morning, after =
suggesting to a new Silvia owner that they try the "cheat" method =
devised by Mark Prince over on CoffeeGeek.com, I did so myself. Only I =
got caught up in getting ready to go out for Christmas dinner (and =
dealing with yet another kitten-vs-tree"let" battle) and neglected to =
turn off the steam switch after brewing my breve. Discovered this after =
I got home from dinner and my family wanted glogg--and I didn't want to =
haul out a saucepan and perhaps overdrink or waste the stuff. =
 Steamed each small cup of glogg, cleaned the steam wand, turned =
the steam switch off, did a final water backflush and PF wiggle/wipedown =
and turned the machine off.
This morning (okay, noon) = I arose and hit the "on" switch to let Silvia heat on her own; after the = usual cat-wrangling and an Aeropress of Tanania Meru (oh, my--great = stuff), I decided to kick back about 1 pm and have my breakfast of a = breve and sourdough toast.  Went over to Silvia and noticed to my = horror that the BOL (Big Orange Light), her indicator of "I'm not ready = yet" was still on. Felt the sides of the machine--stone cold. Uh-oh. = Pulled a blank shot--ditto. Hit the hot water switch and drew off some = water--also stone cold. Hit the steam switch--nothing came out, but I = thought I'd feel the side of the machine--felt tepid, not cold. =  But I thought, there goes my remaining decent machine--the = Magister is still in the shop, the basement has an old Krups and a = Capresso Ultima (both "pump toys"), Metropolis is closed till Jan. 2, = Intelly is at least a 10-min. drive (and good luck parking), and the = only espresso w/in walking distance open today is the Starburnt kiosk in = the supermarket.  
Looked across the room and = saw a copy of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and immediately = murmured, "Don't panic!" Googled "Silvia won't heat," and lo and behold, = found a link with that same wording for Home Barista.com.   First = thing they suggested was to try the reset button (I'd never opened up = Silvia before) but ominously suggested that if turning on the steam = switch causes the machine to heat, I might have blown a brew thermostat = or even heating element. Word is too that if a new boiler were = necessary, I'd be S.O.L.--the thin tinny 2007 model boiler won't fit a = 2004-era machine.  One writer on the thread said his red reset = switch wouldn't budge, hence the more depressing direction the thread = began to take.
So I unplugged the = machine, took the hoses out of the tank and removed the tank, and = unscrewed the top. Yup, boiler was cold.  Pushed the little red dot = in the center of the photo of Silvia's innards, but it wouldn't budge. =  But wait a minute........what's that bigger red plastic button = sticking out horizontally beneath one of the connectors? Pushed it--and = swore I felt a slight click.
Put the tank and hoses = back in but didn't put the top back on. Plugged the machine in, turned = it on (BOL came on) and I could swear I heard gurgling coming from the = tank hoses. Touched the boiler--definitely warm-to-hot.  Then the = BOL went off--touched the boiler again.
Never was I so happy to = have burned my finger!  Quickly lifted the tank & hoses out, = put the top back on and the tank & hoses back in, and noticed the = top was once again a cup warmer. Replaced the four screws, did the = "cheat" procedure and ended up with a yummy Rocket Fuel = breve.
And, = oh, yeah--I TURNED OFF THE!@#$%^&*() STEAM SWITCH!!!
A Boxing Day lagniappe = indeed. Drink on!Sandy Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina = = --Apple-Mail-3--793389650--

2) From: raymanowen
No close shave for me yet, but I'm OK-
I'm being tested- these snow flakes had no reason to stop here. I thought
they were booked non-stop to Chi-town or Cleveland. I was going to help my
cousins and clients  clean up next time through...
The Dan Ryan at drive time can wait, but I'd like to see down town Clevelan=
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from the Carnegie Lorain Bridge
The 4 F out on the apartment's semi enclosed patio would have made for s=
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cooling this morning- as if the screen mesh colander in the blower intake
isn't fast enough normally.
What's a lagniappe, the V-8 juice after a pop upside of the head?
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
"Will repair machines or shovel snow for fresh roast or green coffee
beans..."
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3) From: Sandra Andina
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Nope, Ray, a "lagniappe" is Creole slang for a little something extra  =
thrown in, a bonus, a freebie--like the praline you get from your  
tourguide at the end of your New Orleans sightseeing tour, or the  
extra peppers the veggie vendor throws in when you buy some tomatoes.   =
That's how it felt the day after Christmas to have my Silvia back in  
action with just a little 'net surfing, a few twists of a Phillips  
screwdriver and a push of a button.
4 degrees F? Where are you located? Sure hope that stuff's not headed  =
our way. BTW, they finished the construction on the Dan Ryan, and  
while we're not exactly flyin' it's no longer any worse than any other  =
Chicago area distressways.
Cheers, Mabuhay (just had a cheese brioche baked by my husband's Pinoy  =
medical partner's mom),
Sandy
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Nope, Ray, a "lagniappe" is =
Creole slang for a little something extra thrown in, a bonus, a =
freebie--like the praline you get from your tourguide at the end of your =
New Orleans sightseeing tour, or the extra peppers the veggie vendor =
throws in when you buy some tomatoes.  That's how it felt the day =
after Christmas to have my Silvia back in action with just a little 'net =
surfing, a few twists of a Phillips screwdriver and a push of a =
button.
4 degrees = F? Where are you located? Sure hope that stuff's not headed our way. = BTW, they finished the construction on the Dan Ryan, and while we're not = exactly flyin' it's no longer any worse than any other Chicago area = distressways.
Cheers, Mabuhay (just had = a cheese brioche baked by my husband's Pinoy medical partner's = mom),SandyOn Dec 26, 2007, at 4:59 PM, = raymanowen = wrote:
No close shave for me yet, but I'm OK- I'm being = tested- these snow flakes had no reason to stop here. I thought they = were booked non-stop to Chi-town or Cleveland. I was going to help my = cousins and clients  clean up next time through... The Dan = Ryan at drive time can wait, but I'd like to see down town Cleveland = from the Carnegie Lorain Bridge The 4 F out on the apartment's = semi enclosed patio would have made for snap cooling this morning- as if = the screen mesh colander in the blower intake isn't fast enough = normally. What's a lagniappe, the V-8 juice after a pop upside = of the head? Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa! "Will repair = machines or shovel snow for fresh roast or green coffee = beans..." On Dec = 26, 2007 2:30 PM, Sandra Andina <sandraandina> = wrote: So yesterday morning, after suggesting to a new = Silvia owner that they try the "cheat" method devised by Mark Prince = over on CoffeeGeek.com, I did so myself. Only I got caught up in getting = ready to go out for Christmas dinner (and dealing with yet another = kitten-vs-tree"let" battle) and neglected to turn off the steam switch = after brewing my breve. Discovered this after I got home from dinner and = my family wanted glogg--and I didn't want to haul out a saucepan and = perhaps overdrink or waste the stuff.  Steamed each small cup of = glogg, cleaned the steam wand, turned the steam switch off, did a final = water backflush and PF wiggle/wipedown and turned the machine off. = This morning (okay, noon) I arose and hit the "on" = switch to let Silvia heat on her own; after the usual cat-wrangling and = an Aeropress of Tanania Meru (oh, my--great stuff), I decided to kick = back about 1 pm and have my breakfast of a breve and sourdough toast. =  Went over to Silvia and noticed to my horror that the BOL (Big = Orange Light), her indicator of "I'm not ready yet" was still on. Felt = the sides of the machine--stone cold. Uh-oh. Pulled a blank shot--ditto. = Hit the hot water switch and drew off some water--also stone cold. Hit = the steam switch--nothing came out, but I thought I'd feel the side of = the machine--felt tepid, not cold.  But I thought, there goes my = remaining decent machine--the Magister is still in the shop, the = basement has an old Krups and a Capresso Ultima (both "pump toys"), = Metropolis is closed till Jan. 2, Intelly is at least a 10-min. drive = (and good luck parking), and the only espresso w/in walking distance = open today is the Starburnt kiosk in the supermarket.   = Looked across the room and saw a copy of = "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and immediately murmured, "Don't = panic!" Googled "Silvia won't heat," and lo and behold, found a link = with that same wording for Home Barista.com.   First thing they suggested was = to try the reset button (I'd never opened up Silvia before) but = ominously suggested that if turning on the steam switch causes the = machine to heat, I might have blown a brew thermostat or even heating = element. Word is too that if a new boiler were necessary, I'd be = S.O.L.--the thin tinny 2007 model boiler won't fit a 2004-era machine. =  One writer on the thread said his red reset switch wouldn't budge, = hence the more depressing direction the thread began to = take. So I unplugged the machine, took the = hoses out of the tank and removed the tank, and unscrewed the top. Yup, = boiler was cold.  Pushed the little red dot in the center of the = photo of Silvia's innards, but it wouldn't budge.  But wait a = minute........what's that bigger red plastic button sticking out = horizontally beneath one of the connectors? Pushed it--and swore I felt = a slight click. Put the tank and hoses back in = but didn't put the top back on. Plugged the machine in, turned it on = (BOL came on) and I could swear I heard gurgling coming from the tank = hoses. Touched the boiler--definitely warm-to-hot.  Then the BOL = went off--touched the boiler again. Never was = I so happy to have burned my finger!  Quickly lifted the tank & = hoses out, put the top back on and the tank & hoses back in, and = noticed the top was once again a cup warmer. Replaced the four screws, = did the "cheat" procedure and ended up with a yummy Rocket Fuel breve. = And, oh, yeah--I TURNED OFF THE!@#$%^&*() = STEAM SWITCH!!! A Boxing Day lagniappe indeed. = Drink on!Sandy Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina www.myspace.com/sandyandina = --Apple-Mail-6--786862854--


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