A lovely word isn't it.
Free is the prefix to so many exciting idioms; Free Speech, Free Money, Free Lunch, and Free Love, are but just a few. However nothing quite sparks the imagination, or sets the heart racing quite like the thought of Free Parts!
Sometimes opportunity knocks, and chance delivers something wonderful and free. This time the chance of opportunity brought me an Epsom C1100 Colour Laser Printer!
Step 1: Tools
- A Screwdriver, or two.
- Needle-nose pliers.
- A Cardboard Box, or similar, for the big bits.
- The lid from an Aerosol can, or similar, for the small bits.
- A bin, for the unwanted bits.
- A bit of rag to clean off the toner.
There are two things you should know about the Laser Printer; One, it prints, so it has toner inside which can get everywhere, and two, it has a laser in it, which can render your eyes useless.
Don't disassemble the printer while it is connected to a power supply, or a Doctor might ask to start harvesting parts from you.
Step 2: In the beginning
Peel back the layers. The simplest method is to just unscrew any visible screws until you can't get any further, then spin the whole assembly around, and carry on attacking from another side. I began with the duplex unit at the back.
Toner Cartridges; bin them. Don't even touch one if you can help it. Should one of them open and dump toner everywhere it will be hours before you're done with the clean up.
You'll want two receptacles, one for the large parts like gears, motors & wires, and a second smaller pot for the screws, washers, clips & bearings. Everything else, like plastics and scrap metal will go in the bin.
Step 3: Motoring on
Take your time, your collection boxes will slowly fill with goodies.