a-ha! I knew someone would provide some helpful information. Welp, the
alcohol route has been done, and done again.
Perhaps next time I'll try ammonia (as that's regularly in the house).
The distilled water (rain water in Kubrick's classic Strangelove), err,
not so easy. That's a special trip.
Of note, though, when researching, was that alcohol for we colonialists
is about 70% pure, whilst in Jolly Old, it's more than 90%. Is that a
I'll never buy an inkjet again. Between the printheads getting clogged,
and them following the Gillette business model of basically giving away
the printers and gouging forever on the refills, they just aren't worth
it. Entry-level lasers are just too cheap.
That's true, and 95% of my printing is B&W. I've been eyeballing
them but I've had a Brother MFC-210C for a couple of years and it
keeps chugging away. I'm also well-stocked on ink for it, so I
hope it does not get bricked anytime soon.
Just remember what "entry level" and "cheap" mean.
If you want "inexpensive" laser class printers on the long run, you
cannot beat an OKIDATA LED printer. Like the Energizer bunny they just
keep on going, and going, and going, and-----
And you do not have to replace the whole drum assembly when you run
out of toner. A roughly $28 tube of toner does the trick, and the
drums last a LONG time. Just replaced the drum on my brother's unit I
sold him something like 8 years ago that prints all the invoices and
workorders in his auto repair shop. The drum was still in excellent
condition but the crud in the air (being in an active repair shop) had
stiffened up some of the bushings in the drive assembly in the drum,
causing paper feed to slow down and fault out.
They cost a bit more to BUY than an entry level Lexmark or HP, but a
LOT less to own.
it's cheaper to buy the whole Canon printer from WalMart($35) than to buy a
single print cartridge,and you need both color and black cartridges.
I wonder if an ultrasonic cleaner would unclog a printhead?
If you leave your printer on all day,the heads stay uncovered and dry out
faster. when the printer is off,the heads are parked and covered by a cap.
that's why new ink cartridges don't dry out in the packaging while on the
My printer stays on all the time and standyby power is only 3 Watts. I
never had problem and it seems it does less self cleaning and ilk lasts
longer. I used Epson, HP, Lexmark, Canon and always kept them on.
I've tried, and it actually killed some of them instead of cleaning
them. They are Piezo Electric, and the shock waves MAY have killed
them. (they sorta half worked before cleaning - then totally dead)
A printshop for filling empty cartridges, told me they use
"glasex", a spray for cleaning glass surfaces,mirrors, etc.
A few millimeters in a saucer, and put the cartr. face down
in it. Leave alone for an hour or so, or stop when you see
ink starting to leak out in quantity.
Wipe clean, and test.
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