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Pickle Me Pink: How Common Household Vinegar Can Help Rid Your Dog Of Fleas

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pickle Me Pink: How Common Household Vinegar Can Help Rid Your Dog Of Fleas

If Fido’s scratching is interfering with your summer fun, but you would prefer not to use chemical flea treatments, a common pantry ingredient may be all you need to deal with your flea problem. You probably already know that both apple cider and white vinegar are staples found in most households where they are commonly used in pickling and salad dressing recipes and also as a powerful cleaner for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. What you may not know, however, is that vinegar can be used as a cheap, safe and effective flea remedy for your dog. Why Vinegar Works for Flea Control Fleas make their home on dogs and other warm-blooded animals because the animal provides a constant source of food, warmth and a secluded place to procreate. The flea life cycle consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupae and the adult flea. In order to successfully incubate, fleas need a warm protected space and a seventy percent humidity level, which can be found in a canine coat. In order to keep your pet flea-free, it is necessary to destroy both developing fleas and the adults, as well as making the dog’s coat less appealing to the flea. Using vinegar for flea control works to interrupt the flea life cycle by:   killing adult fleas that come into contact with the vinegar in the initial application killing eggs and larva present on the dog before they can mature removing the pre-digested blood that adult fleas deposit on the skin of your dog as nourishment for the developing larva giving the dog’s fur a vinegary smell that repels fleas Three Steps to a Flea-Free Dog Using vinegar to rid your dog of fleas does not cause discomfort unless it is allowed to touch open sores, severely irritated skin or the membranes of the eye. Here are three simple steps to help you apply it properly. Bathe your dog with a few drops of plain shampoo or mild dish detergent, making sure to thoroughly soak and lather all parts of the dog. Use a washcloth or small sponge on the face to prevent getting the soapy water in the dog’s eyes. Let the lather stay on the dog for a few moments and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. For best results, repeat this process every two weeks. While the dog is still wet and in the bath tub, use a small plastic cup to apply small amounts of vinegar directly to your dog, taking time to work it into the fur with your fingers. Pay special attention to creases of the leg, behind the ears, around the base of the tail and any moist areas where fleas tend to gather. Refresh the effectiveness of the vinegar by spritzing your dog once or twice per day with a spray bottle filled with either type of vinegar. This will have the added benefit of keeping your dog’s coat cleaner and fresher between baths. If your dog continues to suffer from fleas after using vinegar, your problem may be more serious. In many cases, this type of flea issue is a sign that the home environment is severely infested with fleas. Dealing with this type of infestation issue will require the assistance of a reputable pest control specialist who can help rid the...

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Creating An Ideal Balance Of Personal And Professional: Tips For Creating Decorating Policies That Work

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating An Ideal Balance Of Personal And Professional: Tips For Creating Decorating Policies That Work

Decorating an office or any professional work space is about creating a delicate balance between personality and professionalism. You’ve got the furniture from places like D&R Office Works, Inc. and now it’s up to you to decide on the level of personalization. You want your employees to feel comfortable in their cubicle or workspace, but do not want to make your professional space look like a hodgepodge of several different styles, tastes – and questionable taste in artwork! Help ensure that your workplace creates an ideal mixture of professional and laid back by instituting these rules about décor and decorating: Create a Simple List of Appropriate and Inappropriate Decorations To ensure there is not any confusion about what is okay and not appropriate to display in the workplace, the simplest solution is to create a simple and straightforward list. However, you might be wondering what you should place on each list? Here are a few things that you should consider allowing in your workplace: A small potted plant, real or a great-looking fake, is a great way to add a little color to the office without offending any coworkers or clients. Family photos are acceptable, as long as they’re appropriate and displayed in a quality frame that works with the office décor. Calendars and other small pieces of artwork are also acceptable, as long as they once again don’t contain any images that clash with the office décor or could be perceived as offensive. When it comes to items that should be left at the employees’ homes, here are a few rules to consider: State explicitly in the rules that any images of a religious or spiritual matter shouldn’t be displayed. This is a sensitive subject, but it’s important that the workplace décor doesn’t reflect anyone’s personal religious beliefs. Insist your employees leave their favorite movie photos, signed baseball cards or inspirational posters featuring kittens at home. These are adorable, but don’t provide your workplace with the air of professionalism clients will expect. Create regulations dealing with the number of personal items your employees are allowed to display. Otherwise, the office will start looking like a thoughtfully decorated, and very cluttered, house rather than a place of business. Dealing With Holiday Decorations From Valentine’s Day and Easter to Thanksgiving and Christmas, chances are your employees will want to display some decorative items that celebrate the season or a particular holiday. Allowing your employees to spread a little holiday cheer is a great morale booster, but it is vital to institute a few rules to ensure your office space doesn’t turn into a gaudy disaster. Here are a few holiday decorating rules that will help ensure your employees are able to enjoy their surroundings appropriately: Leave the personalized, family decorations at home. The pictures of Santa created from macaroni and glitter glue are adorable, but unfortunately, they’re not suitable for the workplace. All Business recommends using festive foods to create a fun, and edible, array of decorative pieces. For example, a few bowls filled with chocolate covered strawberries on Valentine’s Day or a festive, autumn-themed platter of apples are great ways to treat your employees, while celebrating the holidays. Allow everyone to express their beliefs during the holidays, just make sure nothing is too offensive. For example, it’s acceptable to display...

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Has Your Debt Gone Into Collections? Know Your Options For Dealing With The Agency

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve recently forgotten to pay a debt or been unable to make payments, you may now be facing collection services calls and letters. While these agencies can be intimidating, you shouldn’t feel like you have no options left. Being aware of your rights and your state’s laws governing debt collection may help you avoid paying the agency. At the very least, even if you have to pay the debt back, you can still protect your credit score. Ask For Proof  Before you start to worry about how you’ll repay your debts, you need to verify that they are still valid. In some cases, collection agencies may try to collect on debts that they don’t realize have been resolved already. Fortunately, as a debtor, your rights are protected under US law. If a collection agency is seeking repayment from you and you suspect that you aren’t actually in any debt, you can send a letter to the company requesting formal proof of their right to collect. The response, if the claim is valid, will include information such as the amount of the debt, who sold the debt to the agency, the age of the debt, and any previous payment history. If the collection agency is unable to provide you with such information, then they are legally unable to collect on the debt in question. This step can be useful even if you know the debt is valid, as well. For starters, the agency must postpone any collection attempts until it sends you the information proving that it has the right to request repayment. Additionally, having this information may help you avoid paying valid debts, depending on the type of debt you have and the law in your state. Check Your State’s Statute Of Limitations Some debts can persist for a lifetime, like legal fines and student loans, but most types of consumer debt will expire in a set amount of time, even if they aren’t fully paid. When a collection agency purchases your old debt, the age stays the same. That means even if your debt is newly-acquired, its age doesn’t change. While most debts are resolved long before they have a chance to expire, it’s always worth it to check your state’s statute of limitations if a debt that you owe is more than a year old already.  However, if your debt hasn’t yet expired and is nearing expiration, it’s not a good idea to try and wait out the company. Chances are, if the debt is big enough, collection agencies may file a civil suit against you before their time is up, which can end up costing you significantly more than if you just paid it. Pay Quickly If Possible If you know for sure that the debt is valid and it’s new enough that there isn’t a chance it has expired yet, then your best recourse is to work with the collection agency to pay it off quickly. Aside from getting the agency out of your hair, this can also help you protect your credit. Most agencies won’t report that your debt has gone to collections until 30 days after they acquire it and contact you to inform you about it. If you pay within these 30 days, chances are that your credit score will stay...

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Understanding The Advantages Of IP Security Cameras

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Installing a commercial security system can involve a sizeable investment. When faced with all of the upfront costs associated with a system, you may be tempted to go with analog cameras, which tend to be less expensive than IP ones. Once all of the costs associated with installation are factored in, however, an IP-based commercial security system may be less expensive than an analog one — even though IP cameras cost more than analog cameras. Analog And IP Security Cameras Analog security cameras’ resolutions are measured in TV lines (TVLs). TVLs are determined by counting the number of vertical lines in a square section of the camera’s image. Analog security camera’s resolutions vary from about 350 to 800 TVLs. In this comparison from Lorex Technology, it is easy to see that a 700-TVL camera can see much farther than a model with only 420 TVLs. IP cameras’ resolutions, which are digital instead of analog, are measured in megapixels (MPs). Although TVLs and MPs are different units, the difference in quality between even a low-level 2 MP IP camera and an analog one is noticeable. In a post comparing analog and IP cameras, ApexCCTV shows that a 2-MP IP camera is able to zoom in on a license plate that an analog camera can’t capture. Because they are digital and they provide a better picture, IP camera models typically have higher prices than analog models. The Total Cost Of A Security System When considering the cost of a commercial security system, it is important to look beyond the cameras’ price. There are other factors that will affect the total cost of your business’ commercial security system, and they must be taken into account. First, you might be able to get away with fewer cameras if you install IP cameras. According to ApexCCTV’s post, a single 2-MP camera can cover the same area as six analog cameras. In areas where there is a lot of open space, such as warehouses and parking lots, one IP camera might replace several analog ones. Not only would you save by buying one camera rather than several, but you would also only need to maintain the one camera, instead of up to six. Second, IP and analog systems store video differently. IP cameras send their videos to the cloud, where a third-party security company can safely store it. Analog cameras’ videos are kept on locally hosted DVRs. By opting for IP cameras, you won’t have to buy DVRs and the racks needed to hold them. You also won’t need an IT professional to maintain them, since the security service you use will take care of hosting for you. Third, IP cameras require fewer wires than analog cameras. In an analog system, every camera must be directly connected with a DVR. There must be a wire running from each camera to the DVR hosting its video. In a large building, the cost of running all the necessary wires can quickly add up. Multiple IP cameras, in contrast, can be run through a nearby switch. These switches must still be connected to a video recorder that sends the video feed to the cloud, but fewer wires are needed because a single switch can send feeds from several cameras. If you’re comparing commercial security systems for your business,...

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How To Avoid These 3 Common Problems When Renting A Moving Truck

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Renting a moving truck is an excellent way to move everything you have from one location to another, and this is something that is done when people move from one home to another, or when a business moves to a new location. While renting a moving truck is a great solution, there are common problems people often encounter with truck rental. Here are three of these common problems and ways you can avoid them when you need to rent a moving truck. Right Size Not Available Getting the right size truck can be difficult for two reasons. The first reason usually occurs from inexperience. If you have never rented a truck before, you may have no clue what size to get. Because of this, you could end up with one that is either too big or too small. It can also be hard to get the right truck size if you wait too long to rent it. Truck rental companies have a lot of rental trucks available; however, they also rent them frequently. If you really need a rental truck, it is always best to call several weeks in advance. By doing this, you can find out about the sizes available, and you can put a deposit down on the one that you want. As soon as you do this, you can be certain that the truck will be there for you on the day that you need it. If you end up with a truck that is too small for your needs, you have two options: Call the company and ask if you can upgrade it to a bigger one – If they have a bigger one available, you might be able to do this. Pull a trailer – The other option you have is to pull a trailer with the truck. Most moving trucks have hitches on them for this purpose. If you do not have a trailer to pull, you could rent one from the moving company. Ending up with a truck that is not the right size is a problem you can avoid by carefully planning, and the next problem is also something you can avoid by careful observation. Charges for Damage on Truck When you rent a moving truck, you should carefully examine the entire truck before you take off out of the parking lot in it. If the truck has dings, scratches, dents, or any other types of imperfections, you must notify the truck rental company immediately. If you fail to notify the company about these things, you could end up getting charged for them. To protect yourself, take pictures of the entire outside of the vehicle, or use a video camera to tape it. This is a great way to document any problems on the truck that were there when you took possession of it. Through this, you will not have to pay for dings or scratches that you did not cause. Need It One-Way Only The other dilemma you may encounter is having to drive the rental truck all the way back to where you rented it from. This tends to be a huge problem when rental trucks are needed for one-way long distance moves. While this may seem like a problem, there is an easy solution. When you rent a...

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Get A Moving Quote And Estimate Other Expenses Before Agreeing To A Transfer

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Relocating to a different city might seem like a nice gesture for your company, but it can be a pricey proposition. While your higher-ups may view your willingness to help the company with favor, moving expenses add up. Before you agree to a transfer, get a moving quote and itemize your other expenses so you can negotiate a relocation package. Companies Still Offer Relocation Packages Relocation packages may not be as common as they were prior to the Great Recession, but many companies still offer them. As a benefit of employment, the moving expenses your employer covers may be detailed in your employment documentation. If your company doesn’t have a formal relocation package policy, you may have to ask your boss and human resources (HR) for assistance with the move. The relocation package offered by your company may not cover all moving expenses. If it doesn’t, you’ll need an estimate of your moving expenses to negotiate a better package. Estimates Should Include All Moving Expenses A quote from a moving company will form the main part of your moving cost estimate. Most movers provide free quotes, so you might want to request free moving and storage quotes from several companies. A typical quote will include packing, moving and insurance fees associated with moving your belongings. If you have unique items that require special care, however, these might not be included in a standard moving quote. For instance, you may need an additional, specialized quote if you will be moving a: car boat piece of artwork baby grand piano horse The estimate you present to your employer should include the quotes you obtain from moving companies, but it should also take your other moving-related expenses into account. For instance, you might need to pay for: house-hunting trips to your new city closing costs if selling your home first month’s rent and a security deposit if renting an apartment your family’s transportation to your new home lodging and meals during the move Itemizing all of these expenses in a written estimate will help you and your employer discuss the moving costs in detail. You may also want to consider a “miscellaneous” line for other related expenses that may arise. For instance, an Apartment Guide survey found that 71 percent of people who moved tipped their movers. You may want to show your appreciation with a little gratuity, but your employer might not approve this expense. A miscellaneous line item can serve as a slush fund for expenses such as this. Negotiate with Your Employer Armed with a complete and itemized estimate of your total moving costs, you are ready to negotiate a relocation package. Even if you don’t expect your employer to cover all of your expenses, showing them how much the move is going to cost you will make them sympathetic to your cause. When discussing a relocation package with your employer, remind them of how you are a benefit to your company. If your relocation is related to a promotion, then they obviously think highly of you and want to see you stay with the company. If your relocation does not advance your career, mention you are making a sacrifice for the company. Discussing your own merit while looking at the moving expenses will strengthen your case for a...

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How Your Business Can Save Money By Renting A Truck

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to transporting things for your business, a large box truck is probably the best solution for your company. To get one of these, you have two options to choose from. The first option is to purchase one, and the second option is to rent one. Depending on your exact needs for the truck, renting a truck is often the better route to take, and here are three reasons why. Requires Less Money Upfront According to Kudzu, you can rent a 20-foot moving truck for approximately $40 to $50 per day, but some companies may offer cheaper rates if you rent a truck for longer than one or two days. Purchasing a new truck can be extremely expensive, and you will need to put money down on it and make monthly payments for three years or longer. If your company doesn’t need a truck every day, renting one would be a cheaper way to go. You could rent one on the days you need it, and you could even rent it by the week or month if necessary. Renting a truck requires paying for the fuel it takes, but if you own a truck you would also have to pay for the fuel, plus you would have to pay for: Insurance on the truck Oil changes and other types of normal truck maintenance Repairs License plates If your company already has a commercial auto insurance policy, this policy would probably cover the use of a rental truck, which means you would not necessarily have to purchase any additional insurance when you rent a truck. Offers An Easier Way To Budget Truck rental companies charge rental fees based on the size of the truck and length of time a customer rents it, and this fee covers everything for the truck, which is beneficial for your company. You can easily budget your money when you rent because the only thing you will pay for is the cost of the rental (and the gas). You will never have to worry about making large monthly payments on the truck, and any repairs needed will be performed by the company that owns the truck. The benefit of this is that you will never have large unexpected repair bills that you must pay. Gives You Access To What You Need The other huge benefit of renting a truck instead of buying one is that you can rent a variety of different sizes and types of trucks. If you purchase a truck, you will have only one way to transport things, and the one truck you have might not be the most logical way to transport goods in all cases. Suppose you have times when you only need to deliver small loads of goods to a customer. Driving a huge truck with a small load would waste a lot of fuel, but you wouldn’t have any other option. If you rented a truck instead, it would be simple to get a smaller truck for this particular delivery. Another good example of this is if you had to haul a large item that wouldn’t fit inside a box truck. This particular item might need to be transported on a flatbed truck, which is another type of truck available by truck rental companies. Choosing to rent...

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From Churchyards To Suburbs: The History And Growth Of Cemeteries

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Even though Halloween and horror stories both give graveyards a reputation for being creepy, in reality, they are rich representations of the past. You can learn a lot about a city by the names and dates you find on headstones in graveyards. Graveyards are a representation of history, just waiting to be discovered. But, cemeteries themselves have a history in their own right.  Humble Beginnings The idea of a community gravesite began with churches. Prior to the 1800’s, the preferred place of burial was actually within the churches, which usually had catacombs beneath the main floor. However, the price of burial within the church and the number of the dead meant that the churchyards were the next option for those hoping to bury their family members in consecrated ground.  Cemeteries in churchyards were not very well organized or maintained. Many graves went unmarked, and many grave plots had to be shared due to limited space. Superstitions and class status affected where a body would be buried in the yard. Those who were wealthy enough to afford it preferred to be buried close to the church, facing east. This prime spot was coveted because it was believed that when Christ returned to the earth, these graves would be the first to see the sunrise.  Just like there was a prime spot for burial, there were also places reserved for those who were criminals, suicide victims, or children who had died without baptism, such as stillborn babies. The northern part of the cemetery was given to these unfortunates, because it was widely believed the Devil had claimed their souls.  The Need For More Space However, churchyards soon became taxed for space; sometimes churchyards were literally overflowing, and bodies in London were often left partially uncovered in the streets for lack of room. In the 1700’s, the cities had to take an more active role in disposing of the dead. For example, in Paris, millions of bodies were buried in catacombs beneath the city. Several other European cities followed this example, because the churchyards simply could not hold anymore, especially in urban places. Europe also started the trend of reserving vast plots of land to reserve as garden cemeteries, which started the tradition that still exists today. These plots were well designed, and perfectly laid out, in order for grass to grow and graves to be well-marked.  More elaborate gravestones and mausoleums could be build in these beautiful cemeteries. The late 1700’s and the 1800’s saw the growth of gothic-style angels, large family crypts, and even walkways through these park-like cemeteries in order for people to visit graves at leisure.  The Worldwide Spread Europeans who settled in America continued the trend of churchyard burial. However, because America was new and space was plentiful, the movement to park cemeteries took much longer. Churchyard burial was standard practice until mid 19th century, when the same problem of graves becoming too crowded necessitated a better solution.  Small towns all across America now have graveyards that are at least a century old. The movement of Americans from their ancestral home is a relatively new concept, so the graveyard was a symbol of family history and permanent roots within the town. Older cemeteries in older towns still at the center of town planning. However, some cities grew...

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The Top Four Ways To Save Money When Moving

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are preparing to move, you likely already know that moving can be expensive. However, that doesn’t mean that there are not ways to save money. If you are moving soon, these four tips can help you save money during the course of your move. Get Rid of Anything You Don’t Need or Use The amount of stuff that you are moving directly affects the amount of money you will spend moving. If you have more stuff, you will need more boxes and will need a larger moving truck. As such, one of the best ways to save some money before you even begin to move is to get rid of anything you don’t need or use. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in a year, if your children haven’t taken a toy out of their toy box in a couple months, or if you don’t have space in your new home for a bulky piece of furniture, get rid of it. In addition to helping save you some money, decluttering before you move also can save you time when it comes to packing and loading. They less you have to move, the better off you are all around. Avoid Moving During Peak Times Many people don’t realize that there are peak times for moving. But there are, and these peak times can be more expensive than non-peak times. Basically, if children are out of school for a break or a holiday, it is peak time. When planning your move, try to avoid peak times to reduce the cost of your move. We will be surprised how much you can save by moving in September instead of August or by moving the week after a holiday instead of the week of the holiday. Carefully Compare the Cost of a Moving Company Versus Renting a Moving Truck Another way you can save money when you are preparing to move is to carefully weigh out the cost of hiring a moving company versus renting a moving truck and driving it yourself. Many people automatically dismiss moving companies as being too expensive, but moving companies have become increasingly efficient and in some cases, may be able to save you money when compared to renting a truck. If you are moving a far distance, many moving companies will use a large moving truck. You may split space in that moving truck with one or two other families who are along the same moving route as you. Splitting the moving truck this way helps keep costs low, and allows moving companies to keep prices low. As such, before you dismiss a moving company because you think they are too expensive, always take the time to compare moving company rates with the cost of renting a moving truck and paying for gas. Ask About Discounts The last way to save money when you are moving may sound simple, but many people do not realize they should do it. Regardless of whether you are renting a moving truck, hiring a moving company or using a moving pod, always ask the company you are working with about any discounts. You may be surprised to learn that moving companies will give you a discount if you are flexible with your moving date and time, if...

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3 Ways To Keep Your Printer On Point

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Don’t you hate troubleshooting electronics at work? Nothing is quite as frustrating as trying to print a page, and then being confronted with a fussy, uncooperative printer. However, you might be able to avoid trouble by paying attention to these three ways to keep your printer on point.     1: Use It Frequently To keep their printer in top condition, many people figure that the less they use it, the better. Instead of printing materials at your own desk, you might decide to use the communal printer down the hall. Unfortunately, failure to use your printer frequently might lead to a few issues. First of all, unless the printer that you are actually using is identical to the one sitting at your desk, you might forget how to navigate through the print menus and alter the settings. If that communal printer ever breaks and you are forced to use your own, you might not remember how to print those envelopes you need or change the resolution. Another problem that can stem from a stagnant printer is dried up ink jets. Believe it or not, your system relies on a certain amount of printing on a daily basis to keep all of the parts flowing. If you decide to leave your system alone for awhile, you might return to find dried up, crusty ink jets that need to be cleaned or replaced.  To keep everything moving, try to use your printer on a regular basis. 2: Don’t Buy Bargain Ink If your boss has been looking for a way to save money, someone in your office might have suggested using ink refill centers instead of buying full-retail cartridges. Although it might sound like a simple way to save a lot of cash, the fact of the matter is that some ink is created specifically for certain printers. Depending on what kind of printing you do at work, refilled ink cartridges might not give you the results that you are after. For example, some cheaper inks might be more likely to smudge, clog print heads, or gather on the other internal components of your printer. If you need to print high-quality images regularly, keep in mind that some of the cheaper inks might not be as vibrant or pigmented. To steer clear of trouble, invest in high-quality inks that are made specifically for your printer. If you want to spend less on ink, consider changing your print resolution for non-important prints. For example, you might not need ultra-crisp 600 DPI pages for that casual meeting with your coworkers. In fact, most general printing will look fine when printed at 300 DPI, and it will use half as much ink. 3: Keep It Clean Over time, dust and debris will build inside of your printer, making each component work harder to do the same job. In addition to putting additional strain on your printer, it can also decrease the print quality. Here are three ways to keep your printer clean and on task: Dust the Interior: When you do your weekly office cleaning, consider dusting the inside of your printer with a few bursts of canned air. Make sure to blow dust off of the fan, rollers, and toner distribution area. Calibrate the Print Heads: To clean your system from the inside-out, run...

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