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Encoder strip My encoder strip was accidently removed for the my hp 4215 officejet all-in-one printer. I just need to know how can I put the encorder strip back on without removing the case. PLEASE HELP

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Re: encoder strip

These can be difficult. Is the spring still on or do you still have it? Do you have a spring hook? If you don't, go to electronics store and use it to pop the strip back on the spring.

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