This week’s minor miracle…

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For the past several weeks my printer has been acting up. Sometimes it picked up two sheets of paper at a time, printing part of a page on one and part of the page on the other. It was annoying, but since most of what I print is for my own reference, I could live with it.

Then last week it started making noises and I started getting error messages. I thought there minor miracles make me smile!might be paper stuck in the works, but if so, I couldn’t see it. Finally, it quit. If I tried to print, all I got was the noise.

I started researching printers, and the one I decided I wanted was out of stock until the 25th. So I bought some ink for an old printer – one that just prints. No scanner or copier.

Just on a whim I asked my husband if he’d take the “broken” printer to the shop and take it apart gently – to see if perhaps there was a scrap of paper stuck inside where I couldn’t see it.

He took it to the shop, but instead of taking it apart right away, he turned on the compressor and blew out “a boatload” of dust and dirt.

Then he turned it on again, and guess what? No more noise and it’s printing just fine.

So – if your printer isn’t behaving, before you junk it and get a new one, clean it with high-powered compressed air.

You might get your own minor miracle.


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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Good advice. Try the simple things first.

Jul 08, 2020 12:28 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

That's great....what a savings...I think that method is good for MANY DIFFERENT MECHANICAL/technical ITEMS.....

Jul 08, 2020 12:32 PM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a great tip. and fortunately every thing is functioning perfectly in our area, including us.  Cheers.  A

Jul 08, 2020 12:35 PM #3
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

A handy tip, Marte. Thanks.

Jul 08, 2020 01:46 PM #4
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I bet that was a nice surprise.  Congratulations and thank you for sharing the tip.

Jul 08, 2020 02:56 PM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

First of all, I'm happy it's now working. Good for you, and your husband. And now, we all have a handy tip, just in case. D 

Jul 08, 2020 04:06 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Marte- yea!!!  Nothing frustrates me more than when my car, laptop or any other machine isn't working. 


Jul 08, 2020 06:28 PM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Marte Cliff - I'll bet you were thrilled with that.  It is nice to have a pleasant surprise.

Jul 09, 2020 06:20 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Marte Cliff - What a GREAT tip! I've had my share of computer issues and so has Curtis Van Carter. I'm hoping he pops over here to read your blog post which I am hoping with be FEATURED because I know we can't be the only ones with printer/computer issues. Now that we are all working at home with restrictions on getting out due to lockdowns and wearing masks, this tip could be very helpful to others. 

By the way, everything is working better for me but I recently learned from all the stores in my area (I don't shop on-line) that none of the stores are getting HP supplies, i.e., HP Ink and or HP computer paper (which I find is the only paper that doesn't get stuck in my HP printer). This has been an ongoing issue for me for the past 30 days and yesterday I learned it isn't just because we are all working at home, but because of where HP is getting their supplies from. Whether that's true or false I can't be positive. But it makes sense. Last night, one of the retail clerks told me, it's like the Toilet Paper shortage. Therefore, I'm stocking up when office supplies are available.  

Thanks again for your wonderful tip and thank Mr. Wonderful for me too!

Jul 09, 2020 07:11 AM #9
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


As Patricia Feager mentioned above, I too have been having computer issues. My problem is a software issue and the tech could not fix it even after two visits. We did come up with a work around but I sit here waiting for a call from Dell about MY OPTIONS. To me its simple, fix the damn thing but this could mean a new download of Windows which would then take me 10-20 hours to get the computer back to where it is now. All I can say, where is my 357!! No, the computer only!!

Jul 09, 2020 08:24 AM #10
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

voila! I'd try that canned air which is not the same PSI at all. Glad it worked for you.

Jul 09, 2020 01:51 PM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Lyn Sims I don't know if the canned air would have been powerful enough.

Jul 10, 2020 12:51 PM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I love the happy ending but I can relate to the annoyance to get to this point, you are lucky to have a wise Hubby:)Endre

Jul 16, 2020 11:34 PM #13
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