The Chard…

It all started so innocently – easy to grow and attractive with its colourful stems – you could even try and eat it if you were brave. Little did I know that it would seed itself so deeply within the compost heap that it would take over the whole veg patch and the neighbouring flower […]

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T4 Transforming Solar Robot

A fun little project this, that has happily wasted an hour this afternoon. The kit is very nicely moulded and the instructions are very clear. Tamiya themselves would be proud. To say it is “transforming” is a bit misleading – there are actually four different models that can be built from the parts, you can’t […]

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Inside a Casio WV-200U…

This is my watch. Supposedly waterproof to 200m. Didn’t survive a week in the swimming pool on holiday though – but that might be because I changed the battery myself and the seal may not have been as good as it was when it came out of the factory. I can’t really say much about […]

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Inside a DeLonghi BAR14F-E Caffe Treviso coffee machine…

It’s really a lot simpler than I expected – a pump and a boiler. The pump (to the bottom right under the pipes) fills the boiler with water and (I suspect) the hot overflow goes down into the cup. Steam is released from the top of the boiler with a valve. And that’s it. The water is directed through a mesh screen in an attempt to spread it more evenly. But even this simple machine creates the treasured “crema”.

Inside a DeLonghi coffee machine

Getting it to this stage was pretty easy with the help of a T20 screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver and a knife to help prise the decorative caps from the top. The steam knob prises off with a flat screwdriver, and there is a clip at the back holding the lid in place. I’ve resisted the temptation to take the boiler apart to clean it, I’m just running vinegary water through it instead. Seems to have made a difference to the water flow already!


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