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    The steam arm on my Grimac is on the right hand side -- the side furthest away from me. *Its an inconvenience, so Ive toyed with the idea of crossing over the steam arm and water tap.

    I thought that would really involve making new copper lines back to the boiler -- using 8 mm pipe and new compression fittings. *Its not a popular size at Bunnings!!!!

    Then I had a real good look at the situation, and decided to try the easy option. Unscrew the steam arm and water tap (both have the same ball-joint ends) and simply swam them over.

    It might work....after all, their respective pipes screw into the top of the boiler.....

    Well, it doesnt work, as I suspected. *After firing up, I got water out of the steam arm (talk about wet steam) and steam out of the water tap.

    Back they went to their original positions.... and back I went to the drawing board.

    Obviously, although the takeoffs are at the top of the boiler, the water line must go deep into it, while the steam one is really at the top.

    Now to look for some 8 mm *copper pipe......

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    Re: A Failed Mod

    I had a laugh robusto! I have a solution. Just turn your machine upside down! ;D

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    Good one Dennis....only problem is Id then lose the cup warmer.

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    Re: A Failed Mod

    Get an EM6910.
    The steam arm is on the left.

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    Tempting, TG. Would that be the two-group model?

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    /me <Snickers>
    re-pipe from the take off points so they crossover? Might be the only way :)

    should be do-able.

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    Re: A Failed Mod

    Hi
    Try a place called "Industrial Fittings Sales" in Noble park Melbourne, they sell metric copper pipe and fittings. It took me years to find someone who sold metric copper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robusto link=1200475867/0#4 date=1200482249
    Tempting, TG. Would that be the two-group model?
    Youd need some double sided tape or velcro to stick two together.

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    Re: A Failed Mod

    Or Denniss suggestion turn the machine upside down, then use the double sided tape to hold the cups on. :)

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    Thank you all --- obviously, judging from the "creative" responses, I am not a lateral thinker when it comes to problem solving.

    So off to the shops for some velcro. Double-sided, too. And oh yes, Noble Park.

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    On my Futurmat (with TWO steam arms ;).. dont you hate me now?), the pipe leading to the left steam arm is longer, and has more condensation in it, so when I try use it more than often I get hot water sprayed on my crotch(thats where it is often aimed for some reason...fate i guess). If you swap the steam and hot water spout an fix it with longer copper pipes going to where the steam wand will be located, just be careful to aim the wand away from your crotch or other body part sensitive to boiling temperatures.

    Maybe im stating the obvious, but just a word of warning..
    Cheers, Mark

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    A hot wet crotch, eh. :o Makes my eyes water thinking about it. :-[ :(

    For some time now Ive pointed the wand directly over the drip tray, and thats where it purges condensed steam. Once upon a time, before laziness took a grip, I used a cup or latte glass to catch it, but lifes too short.

    Another advantage of that is if, for some reason, the knob is opened and left open while the machine is switched off, the tray will catch the steam once it comes on.

    So, no chance of wet crotch syndrome here. 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MachoSilvia link=1200475867/0#10 date=1200653125
    On my Futurmat (with TWO steam arms ;).. dont you hate me now?), the pipe leading to the left steam arm is longer, and has more condensation in it, so when I try use it more than often I get hot water sprayed on my crotch(thats where it is often aimed for some reason...fate i guess). If you swap the steam and hot water spout an fix it with longer copper pipes going to where the steam wand will be located, just be careful to aim the wand away from your crotch or other body part sensitive to boiling temperatures.

    Maybe im stating the obvious, but just a word of warning..
    Cheers, Mark


    Hmmm yes thats a very good point, make the new runs as short as possible



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