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After reading of someone's attempt to boil a cartridge to loosen the glue that holds the top of the cartridge on as well as someone cutting the top off with an exacto knife, I had an idea to try a little Milwaukie Tools Hot Air gun - like a paint stripper. I use it for melting embossing powder. It is 350 watts and gets very hot. I carefully heated up the joint of an oem cartridge (Epson EX) and a few minutes later was able to easily pry off the top of the cartridge. You have to be careful to keep moving the cartridge or it can easily melt or warp the plastic. My next course of events will be to remove the foam and clean it with distilled water, keeping each peice separate so that it can go in the same chamber later. Then I plan on using some kitchen and bathroom silicon caulking and laying a bead on the ridges of each of the chambers of the cartridge and allowing it to dry. I will refill the chambers and put the foam back in (a smaller piece) and then tape the lid back on with packing tape which should give a very tight seal between the lid, silicon and cartridge. The lid will remain removeable by just removing the packing tape. This should prevent any inter-chamber contamination. For the matter of the exit holes. I sealed them with some blue tape that I purchased from MIS. This tape is the same tape that HP and Canon and I believe Epson uses to seal the ports or the printhead on the HP cartridge. I left the original punctured seal on the cartridge. I cleaned all the ink off the exit ports and put the tape directly on top of the old tape. I filled the cartridge with water and it mixed with the remaining ink. I was able to give it a few shakes and the prechambers filled with ink and did not leak past the new tape. This tape being the same as the Epson tape can easily and safely be punctured by the spikes when inserted in the printer. The good thing is the tape can easily be pulled off the old tape when it comes time to refill again. Now, a couple of questions. How much of the original foam should I put back in the cartridge - if any? What position should the foam go in? The front of the cartridge, rear, top. I was thinking of putting maybe a third of the foam back near the rear. This would keep the exit port totally uncovered and away from the sponge. It would be easy to refill by just taking off the top again or by injecting through one of the original Epson holes. (probable the middle one under the white tape) I found that putting an extra hole in the middle of my MIS virgin cartridges helped to make them easier to refill and I left the rear fill hole uncovered. This immediately got rid of a bad nozzle check and I have not had a problem since with the Archiva. What would be the maximum amount of ink that should go back in each chamber? It seems like it should work. You might only need to do one or two cartridges in this manner. It can get a little messy, but some cheap rubber gloves such as what food service personal use would prevent ink on the hands. Any thoughts on the above? Anyone else want to give it a shot? Regards, Murray Zaharia Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur. Anything in Latin sounds profound. - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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