How can you repair a jammed paper shredder?


Quick Answer

A jammed paper shredder can be repaired by first unplugging it andpulling out any paper blocking the blades. Remove the shredder head, turn it over and pull any paper in the blades from the bottom.

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How can you repair a jammed paper shredder?
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To repair a jammed paper shredder, have on hand a screw driver, needle-nose pliers and shredder oil.

  1. Unplug the shredder
  2. If there is a piece of paper visible causing the jam, check the underside of the shredder head to see if there is paper winding around the shredder blades.

  3. Add shredder oil
  4. Only use shredder oil when servicing a paper shredder. Pour enough oil over the blades along the paper slot to be sure they are coated. Let the oil sit for about 15 minutes.

  5. Test the shredder
  6. Turn on the shredder to see if the blockage has been cleared by the oil softening the paper allowing it to clear the blades.

  7. If still blocked, remove the head unit
  8. Be sure the shredder is unplugged. Take off the top of the shredder and turn it upside down. Check for visible paper blockage and remove the pieces using the needle-nose pliers. Check to see if the blockage is caused by the shredding of a CD or credit card. Use the needle-nose pliers to remove pieces of plastic that may be stuck in between the blades. If the shredder has a reverse switch, running it forward and back may also help in removing paper or plastic from the blades.

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