http://home.att.net/~arwomack01/#ClogCleanning Clog Cleaning For Epson printers: Q: I have done ## cleaning cycles and I still have a clog! What do I do now? - Cause the printer to want to change the ink carts 1270/1280/1290/870 Press the orange button under the lid 1160 hold the paper eject button 3 seconds - Unplug the printer (do not turn it off first!) - Fold a half piece of paper towel over a few times until it fill fit into the galley _beneath_ the print head. Some people tape it down. - Position the ink carriage over the paper towel. ~ Remove the Ink cartridge ~ Cut a 1.5 inch long piece of 3/32 of an inch diameter heat shrink tubing. Heat shrink tubing = Available at Radio Shack or in electrical supply sections of hardware stores. ~ Slip it over the ink inlet tubes as to create a reservoir for a cleaning solution. Note: You can do one at a time or cut 6 pieces of tubing and clean all the print heads simultaneously. ~ I do did this in six steps. Step 1 ~ I filled the tube with glass cleaner (Windex) and let it set for 15 minutes, as to give it a chance to flow through the print head nozzles and break the bonds of any dried ink particles in the print head. Recently, users have reported even better results using Fantasik cleaner, it appears to be a better solvent for the Epson inks. Do NOT however, try even more aggresive cleaners such as 409, or bathroom cleaners. Move the Paper towel over so a new section absorbs ink/windex. Step 2 ~ WARNING!! - Forcing air through the heads _could_ damage them. Better to be patient and allow the fluid to work its way into the clog. Refill the tube with glass cleaner and force it through the print heads with canned compressed air or a syringe. Canned Air = The type you buy at home / office supply stores for dusting: computers - printers - disk drives etc. Be sure to get the ones with the straw; it fits in the 3/32" tubing and allows you to create significants air flow through the print head. Syringe - available at most pharmacies without the needle of course! Step 3 & 4 ~ I repeat step 1 and step 2 with glass cleaner. Step 5 & 6 ~ I repeat step 1 and step 2 with denatured alcohol to avoid any residue which might cause problems with the ink to follow. Some users have reported this step as unneccessary. Step 7 - Make sure the paper towel is not completely soaked and not absorbing any more liquids, replace as necessary. Further reading on clogs, their causes and other possible solutions: Jon Cone's Inkjet Mall discussion of clogs and clearing them Back to top -----Original Message----- From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lisa Schnepf Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 1:02 AM To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pcductape] Re: Shall I drop kick the printer? I think your print heads are shot. Read previous email. Lisa -----Original Message----- From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jan L. Hodges Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 7:09 PM To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pcductape] Re: Shall I drop kick the printer? The background was printed although the color was off and faded, but no text, the actual thing I wanted printed, showed up on the page. At this time I was still showing about 3/4 black and 1/4 color. After checking a few thing, such as turning to computer off, rebooting, turning the printer off then back on, I uninstalled and reinstalled the printer according to the instructions at the Epson site. I also replaced both ink cartridges with brand new one. The status monitor for the color shows it is full but the black says it is only half full which means either the monitor is off or I received a defective cartridge. But nothing prints now not even the background items. By background I mean the option we have of either using the setting so it prints text only or will give background, color and all. It won't even print for the test the Epson Manual suggests. I also downloaded new drivers from the Epson site and installed them and that didn't work. Jan To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.