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I own a Black & Decker (Applica) 12-cup Smartbrew Coffee Maker DCM2000 (see link). Mine started leaking water out of the bottom when brewing. I was able to remove the non-security screws and pry open the plastic bottom to see what the problem was.
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In my case, the silicone hose running between the water reservoir and the heater/pump had become brittle over time and split where it met a metal tube.

There are two of these silicone tubes in the Smart Brew 12 Cup Coffee Maker DCM2000. In the third photo below, you can see the bottom/inside of the coffee maker with the faulty tube missing.
Replacing a silicone tube - easy. Getting the bottom completely open... not so much.
In order to get the bottom completely off, I used a bolt cutter on the security screw.

I was able to buy a length of the following hose (from ebay):

Silicone Tubing - High Temperature rated AND Food Grade
3/8" Inside diameter x 1/2" outer diameter

It's important to get the inside diameter correct, or the hose will not grip tight enough to stay in place/form a seal. I measured the original to get the appropriate I.D.
The hose must also 100% silicone, food grade, and rated for high temperatures. Beer stores and brewing supply companies typically carry this kind of hose. I got mine from ebay.

I cut the silicone hose to the proper length with a utility knife and slid it over the two receptacle ends - one end of the metal "U" & the round plastic socket leading into the water reservoir.
I put the bottom back on, attaching the regular Phillips screws.

I've had leak-free operation ever since.
The hose cost me a bit more than expected, because I couldn't get it locally and shipping costs in/to Canada are a complete rip-off - but it was still a fraction of the cost of a brand new coffee maker.


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