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Cross-cut Paper Shredder Teardown and Repair

I managed to completely jam my paper shredder during a bout of document disposal last summer. An old credit report managed to wrap itself around the blade drum and would not back out, so I had to either buy a new shredder or tear this one apart and fix it!

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gentlemen welcome back to the kitchen table

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today we have got this skookum mcchoocher

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i can’t! with apologies to

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ave that was my my impersonation

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there anyway

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no i done fuckered up my shredder

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here so I yes it’s stuck there’s a

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jamalamma paper in there and I can’t

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get it to start functioning so our need to take her

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apart and yank that paper out and hopefully get it

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working again now go here is obviously

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the head of the shredder the works really

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and hopefully all i’m going to need is a screwdriver

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a simple cross-head screwdriver–philips head

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and it is hot as balls outside so my frosty

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beverage today

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courtesy of san diego brewing mission brewing down in san deigo

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pacific drift very good new guys on the

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block good stuff anyway so we’ll dig in here

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we really have to is take these screws out one at a time

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by the way, if you don’t know who ave is, he is a

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rather skookum

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canadian fellow who does a lot of this kind of stuff

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stuff for heavy industry kind of stuff

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always entertaining to watch or

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listen to do anyway check out his

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channel and comment on his videos

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tell him that the airbornesurfer sent you and

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we’ll see what happens i’ve had this shredder for some 20 years

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I could go buy another one at Walmart

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but where’s the fun in that

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besides I don’t want to go to walmart if i don’t

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have to seriously that place is like the seventh circle of hell on the

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weekend

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and and I’ve been walmart in

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the south and walmart in midwest I’ve been

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walmart here in Southern California I’ve

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been to walmart in canada and you know

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actually I’ve gotta say my best experience with

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walmart has been in Canada actually

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Bradford Ontario which is actually

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where I got the shirt interestingly enough

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Bradford Ontario by far had

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the best walmart experience i’ve ever had so

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shoutout to

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bradford that now again it was like in

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the middle of the morning that i was

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there so yeah I guess that might’ve had something

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to do with it. there was nobody in the store

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but nevertheless i

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walked about the store, i was there on business

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and saw what they had to offer and noticed it was

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nearly canada day and they had all their

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patriotic stuff out so i got myself a little t

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shirt i think i’ve got all the screws out now so two screws came out

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the problem with wearing the maple leaf in

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southern California is that they think it’s a

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different kind of leaf let’s try this again

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well, it’s coming apart anyway there it goes!

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all right, so we’ve got her opened up here there’s some wiring guts

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got some shmoo there–shmoo, that’s a technical term i picked up in canada

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ok

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see here where the paper jam is apparently i

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busted the works

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let’s see what we’ve got

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obviously our switch

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that tells the machine to turn on when the paper is inserted

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big ol’ 115 volt motor here

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provides all your traction

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that pops out there, just leave it over there

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okay we got our shredder guts

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definitely need some tweezers

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aha! i’ve got some needle nose pliers

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don’t put your finger in the pinchy part

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so what happened here was you know i

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had a handful papers that i was shredding and

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i happened to stick them in their kind

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of kind of

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sideways i gotta get around this blade here that’s the problem they kinda rolled up over this blade

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kids don’t try this at home

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contact

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there is a shutoff in here somewhere

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so you have to raise that up

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there it goes! that took it right out!

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there’s the culprit right there

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a little hunk of paper jamalamma in there

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the rest looks like it is okay

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just do a test fit right quick

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looks like everything’s working now

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and it looks like we are all set here now we just gotta get this all back in there

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power off

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now we just put our screws back in place we’re all set [whistling o canada]

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you watch enough hockey games you learn

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the tune to o canada and eventually you learn the lyrics

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she’s all done

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that’s it i’m going to drink my beer and i’m going to shred some papers

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MSI Motherboards Are a Bargain

When I began planning for the VCR project, I made a trip to my long-time, brick-and-mortar computer parts purveyor Micro Center to shop for components. The motherboard is obviously one of the most important components you can purchase, since it will determine all the other parts you can install. My biggest determining factor, though, is price.

At roughly $60, the MSI H81ME33 Intel mobo is a fantastic bargain that offers support for the latest Intel Core processors, USB 3.0, 4K UHD video as well as some niceties like a metric fucktonne of USB ports, a simple BIOS screen with mouse support, a one-click overclock function, and a simple BIOS updater all in a space-saving mATX form factor.

The mobo is finicky with Linux, requiring a little jiggery-pokery and breath-holding while it pre-boots, but it works like a champ with Windows. My only real hitch is that it doesn’t enjoy USB peripherals like DVD-ROM drives and some wireless keyboards, but it usually yields to its human overlord after a nominal delay.

Support for MSI motherboards is self-directed, so you’re going to need to have some decent Google ninja skills if you run into a problem. The nice thing, though, is that the website is easy enough to navigate and the basic support documents are quickly located.

There are proprietary drivers available for all the on-board components, and MSI provides a few utilities that one can customise their system with, though I prefer not to use them.

How To Install Intel Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu Linux

The motherboard that I picked up for the VCR project provides out-of-the-box full-resolution HDMI video under Linux, but requires an additional proprietary Intel graphics driver to process audio through the HDMI port. Thankfully, this is not a terribly difficult process thanks to the fine folks at Intel providing an easy graphical installer package.

Head over to https://01.org/linuxgraphics/ and download the .deb package for Ubuntu.

Use your preferred package manager to install the .deb package, then run the installed package.

Follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers.

AirborneSurfer Update January 2017

A quick look at my projects list

This is, of course, only the first page….

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