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Topic: La Spaziale New EK (5 msgs / 141 lines)
1) From: Sean McIntyre
Greetings Homeroasters,
Recently, a generous friend gave me a single group La Spaziale New EK
commercial espresso machine together with a La Spaziale commercial grinder.
This is my first espresso machine. I'm so thrilled I can hardly sleep. It's
old and had gathered a lot of dust in his basement over the years. After
cleaning it up it looks pretty good. It certainly was not used a lot in its
previous life at some sort of hi-tech engineering lab.
However, as is expected with a machine of this size, I'm having some
difficulties setting it up and getting started. I'll spare everyone the
details on where I was able to put the machine (after negotiating with my
wife), and the challenge of a drainage system. Now I'm at something of a
standstill and need some help, some advice.
First, I can't seem to locate a connector for the water hose. It's European
thread 3/8 with compressor. Because the hose is very short, I'd like to
connect it to something like a standard US dishwasher hose with 3/8"
compressor. I'm located in the Bay Area. Any suggestions on how to get the
water hooked up?
Next hurdle is the power. When I plugged it in it immediately tripped the
circuit breaker. Do I need to set the machine (inside) to 20 amp perhaps?
Obviously, I'm clueless here.
Beyond that, if any of you fellow homeroasters have or have had this
machine, would you mind sending me your notes on getting starting, ins and
outs of daily operation and what to look out for? I'd be much obliged.
Sean
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 26, 2009, at 1:25 AM, Sean McIntyre wrote:
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Look for a plate specifying the voltage and current or power.
Something like "120VAC 15A", or "120VAC 1540W", or "240V 2000W" or  
what have you.
What does the plug look like?
Did it trip the breaker when you plugged it in, or when you turned it  
on?
-
allon
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3) From: Michael Dhabolt
Sean,
Congrats on the acquisition,  The La Spaz commercial machines are well
built and capable of exceptional performance.  Sounds like the
'generous friend' is truly a sterling fellow.
The first question about the power problem is: are you plugging a
220/240V machine into a 110/120V circuit?  I have no experience with
their single group commercial machines, only two and three group
models.  What info I have does not differentiate between the single
and multiple group machines insofar as differences I would expect to
see in pump motor, heater element, valve solenoids etc.if the single
group were a 110/120 Volt model.  Check the data plate, I've run into
several machines that have been retro-fitted with 120 V plugs or power
cords (with obvious in-operability problems similar to what you are
describing). If the data plate is missing, look at the pump motor and
valve solenoids to find out their rated voltage.
If you don't have any documentation contact me off-list, I may be able to help.
Mike (just plain)
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4) From: Sean McIntyre
Allon,
The circuit tripped only when I turned the machine on, I believe, not when I
plugged it in.
Someone with the same machine told me that I need a dedicated 20 amp outlet.
The plug is 15 amp-style, however, and the machine is 110 volt.
I tried it in an outlet near the washer/dryer and did not have the same
problem.
It looks like my next obstacle to getting this 'spacecraft' running is
finding a connector for the metric 3/8 water hose to connect to a standard
US 3/8 hose. I'm told I need a shut off valve for the water, too.
Some bubbles came out of the top back side of the boiler. I'm thinking I may
need to replace the main boiler gasket, too.
Patience, Sean!
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5) From: Cameron Forde
Hi Sean,
Congratulations on your new espresso machine.  You will find a lot of
information on plumbing La Spaziale machines on Chas Rimpo's website
(s1cafe.com, search for plumbing).  The web pages are for the Vivaldi
home machines, but it sounds like your plumbing connections are the
same.
As for the electrical, the key is avoiding a fire.  If the machine has
a switch inside set it to 15A unless you are sure that you are
attaching it to a dedicated 20A circuit.  The 15A setting simply tells
the machine not to run both boilers at the same time (and gives
priority to the brew boiler).  In older machines this is done with a
jumper rather than a switch.
Good luck!
Cameron
On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Sean McIntyre  wrote:
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