We have a Brother All-In-One printer that cost us around $750 (shipping included). It has been really great, with no real problems – until a few months ago. All of a sudden it wouldn’t print consistently (sometimes it would work after slamming a door once or twice), and would give an error that wasn’t too informative.
According to the manual we needed to call the Help Line to solve the problem, but since I could still scan with it, I put it off for a while. Of course, when I needed to print something and faced the problem, I got fed up. Instead of calling, I searched online to see if anyone had the same error, and how they solved the problem.
After looking on a few forums, I saw others were told they had to pay a technician to come out (which was at least $175), or that the machine needed to be replaced. So, we were looking at a range of $175-$800! Thankfully, a YouTube video also came up in the search, and in it, a gentleman demonstrated the process of fixing the problem.
It turns out the problem was a small part that was sticking to a foam piece. The solution was to connect a tiny strip of scotch tape to the foam piece to prevent the sticking! That was the easy part….
We had to pull apart many components of the printer, from the front and the back. This part was nerve-wracking because I could picture messing something else up in the process of trying to fix it! Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad, and it didn’t take longer than 1/2 hour. I tested it out and it works like a charm! I am glad we didn’t have to put out money for this.
Now on to the great posts of the week!
Kevin from Out of Your Rut tells us a great way to create a retirement backup plan, and it looks like we will need one. The future is filled with uncertainty, and having a plan independent of government or working for someone else, looks like the most secure way to handle the later years.
Mark from Money Saving Dude gives us some ways to save money while traveling. I love these tips, and thankfully we have learned most of these over the years.
Kay Lynn over at Weight Chronicles is holding a great Spring giveaway for Yurbuds ! The description of these ear buds sound fantastic. I am still searching for the perfect ear buds! Hopefully you’ll win… if I don’t 😉 .
Michelle from Shop My Closet Project explains why she doesn’t loan money, but chooses to just gift it. I totally agree with this, I would rather just give than loan. I find it freeze up my heart from unmet expectations and the possibility of a relationship being ruined.
Have a great week!
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