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Re: [tlug] Cleaning a badly cleaned laser printer

On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM, Darren Cook <> wrote:
>> Now I still have the black dot, but also now ink is not sticking
>> properly to the right-half of the page. I.e. it smudges. (It gets better
>> if I leave for a while, but I just tested and even after 12hrs the
>> right-side can be smudged, while left-side is fine.)
> Bit more reading, and it seems the orange-thingy I cleaned maybe badly
> is the fuser, not the drum.

So it's a laser-jet printer then....  (black only I take it)

> Just a thought: when cleaning I knocked one of the 4 spring-loaded paper
> guides, and glueing it back on looked impossible, so I just removed it,
> thinking the remaining 3 should be enough. But I wondered if its purpose
> could be to press the paper to the fuser to make sure it gets heated enough?

That could very well be the problem.  The amount of pressure at
various points as the paper goes between rollers and fuses the toner
to the paper is important.

> ...that seems unlikely though as the broken one is the left-centre one,
> and ink-not-sticking problems are across the right side. (I cleaned the
> fuser with water on right-side, not on the left-side.)

Well - it depends on exactly which direction the guides are
pushing/pulling and what effect that will have on other rollers,

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