Repairing HP Laserjet 1200 Laser Printer Paper Tray clip
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I'd like to apologize in advance for some of the images; you don't want to breathe in the smell of Epoxy, so this HAS to be done outside
- Author: nick
- Time required: 2-3 days, or more(depends on damage)
- Difficulty: Moderate
The HP LaserJet 1012 has a pretty nasty inherent flaw with the paper tray. If you break one clip, the other clip will end up breaking too, so it's very important to repair this now, or the other clip will break at some point. If you can repair this depends on the condition and remaining plastic to use. In my case, I was able to make a permanent repair to mine because my clip was broken, and I could work with it due to the breakage. This tray is a best case break since it's easily fixed due to the breaking point.
While the rest of the printer is well built, HP didn't design the tray to take a hit too many times because the clips are so short and flimsy, it does not take a lot of force to break them. Deterioration of the plastic as these printers doesn't make the matter better either. I broke this tray without much force at all by mistake removing it from the printer, and while you can buy a whole new tray, it's 40.00 in most cases ans sometimes, and you can't buy it minus the dust cover in most cases. HP no longer makes the tray for this printer, so you have to get a used tray or a old stock one, or steal it from another printer. If you can't do that to get a tray, repair is the only viable option.
Learn how to fix the old paper tray you have and make a long term repair to the tray, decrease chances of breakage a second time, and save 25-30.00 by fixing the old tray.
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Now it's time to mix the Epoxy.
Read the instructions on how to mix yours before starting to mix it together. I chose 5 minute Epoxy to make this easier due to the case of having to sand my tray down.
Once you mix it, you have to start, otherwise it will dry, since Epoxy drys in a chemical reaction.
Apply some Epoxy to the broken part of the tray clip on the frame, and run it through the mixed Epoxy to get some extra bondage to keep it on. Use quite a bit to ensure a good bond.
Hold it in place and tape it on well, the clip will fall off if you don't do this(it also helps to keep it upside down at times), some cases you will have to hold it by hand till it stays depending on the damage, use enough Epoxy to reliably bond this to the tray, the needed amount varies from tray to tray based on the level of breakage.
Use a cheap paintbrush from the dollar store, or something you really don't care about to mix and spread the Epoxy, the Epoxy will dry on it and you will have to throw it out(unless you can wipe it off fast enough).
Let the Epoxy dry for 24 hours no matter how long it says to let the Epoxy dry to be sure, then remove any tape SLOWLY if tape was used.
Handle the tray with great care before the second layer of Epoxy is applied, even if dry, because it can break off from not having a lot of reinforcement left
Next, you will want to sand the Epoxy down, so it goes in the printer properly, this can be skipped, but is a very good idea to avoid breakage because it got caught in the printer and broke a second time
You WILL need a drywall mask for this! A standard drywall mask from Lowe's is enough for this
Get a file that is large enough to cover the Epoxy, but cover nothing else, and sand the tray down, and keep filing till flat enough to put in the printer, and then stop filing, and fill in anything that was excessively filed down with more Epoxy
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