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I have a scotch brand laminator tl901- it is jammed...and making a clicking there a way to open the system and try to unjam it?

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First, make sure that the unit is unplugged and has sufficient time to cool off. Then remove six screws on the bottom of the laminator. The screw driver shaft must be thin enough to fit into the holes where the screws are located. Two are very easy to find -- one on each side in deep holes. The other four are hidden under small black rubber disks that the laminator rests on. peel up the rubber disks and remove the rest of the screws. At this point it is easy to remove the cover and remove the jam. To replace the cover you must use a thin tool to pull back the release level so it will fit into its opening in the cover. Replace the six screws and you should be able to ready to laminate again.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

  • nguyen_phuc0
    nguyen_phuc0 Sep 17, 2012

    Thank you so much Steve! your instructions were easy to follow and helped me remove my jam! Thank you so much!!!

  • Elaine Willingham
    Elaine Willingham Jun 08, 2014

    My TL901 does not have screws on the bottom. Now what?



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