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Get rid of the line in your faxes or copies from your copy machine

If you are getting one of those black lines in your copies from the copy machine/fax machine, it may not need a new drum.

Most likely the scanning glass is dirty if the line appears from copies that are fed through a feeder, clean the little glass strip area (usually to the left) just before the scanning area where you manually place a paper to be copied. In most cases there is a spec of something on that glass. Don't scrap it with anything abrasive because if you scratch the glass you will have a line that will never go away. In most cases a damp klenex, paper towel or soft cloth with water will work. For stubborn specs dampen your klenex, paper towel or cloth with a little rubbing alcohol. This will also work well for getting rid of any greasy smudges on the glass strip and the larger glass area on the copy machine. Most of the thime the spec is from liquid paper or white out.

If you are getting calls from people you send faxes to saying your copies have a line on it and you use a dedicated 'fax machine only', look for the glass strip and clean it as directed above. If you are receiving faxes with a line, call the sender and give them the above tip.

If this tip works, it sure beats paying for a new drum you don't need.

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