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Old 11-13-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Jammed shredder fix

Here's an almost useless fact that I discovered last night.
It's probably not useful if you have an industrial strength shredder or you're prudent about how much you shred at one time (neither applies to me). In the past I've always been able to clear the shredder by reversing it or by using tweezers to clear the jam. However last night I waited too long before emptying the container so the shredded stuff backed up and compacted the material in the cutting blades.

Long-nosed pliers that I had were too large to fit in the slot; tweezers fit but I didn't have the strength to dislodge the jam;
reversing the shredder didn't work. Fortunately the long-nosed pliers I picked were in a fishing vest w/ a hemostat and so when all else failed, including taking all screws off the cover and finding that led nowhere, I tried the hemostat. It worked great.......narrow enough to fit in the slot and w/ a grip like a gorilla.

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Old 11-13-2009, 07:08 PM   #2
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Those hemostats sure come in handy, don't they?

Seriously, I killed a shredder by not adding the shredder oil more frequently and I am vigilant about it with the new one!

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Old 11-13-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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All you city folk are hep to this jazz, but unplugging before clearing is a Good Idea. Saw a nice lady neighbor in the ER last year - she did some serious mangling of her fingers somehow when trying to clear from the underside.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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Sarah.............what's this about oil? I don't think I've ever heard of that and I know I've never done that. Is that for shredder life or does that help the jamming issue also?

calmloki.......thanks for the reminder. I know I've given DD multiple lectures about that but when it comes to following my own advice, I have to plead guilty. I think this one probably has an optical interlock that is hard to defeat, but if it fails.............
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Sarah_in_SC seems to be offline but I found this question on another forum. Posts #7 & 17 are pretty informative/amusing.

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My shredder came bundled with a large bottle of oil (which I cannot locate at the moment [although I did find lamp oil]) and 100 plastic bags. All this trouble because a few people get their IDs stolen. I'll keep your hemostat in mind if it gets stuck.
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CJ...thanks for link and directions. Learn something every day.
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An inexpensive source of shredder oil is generic baby oil, aka mineral oil.
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My shredder jammed a while ago and I freed it with needle-nose pliers. What caused the jam was plastic from a shredded credit card (I no longer shred CCs). I oil-up this puppy by squirting some 10W30 oil on a couple of sheets of old paper and running it through the machine. Pretty slick trick that I came up with when someone told me that they were purchasing "oiled" paper from Office Depot for this purpose.

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