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PRO-100/CLI-42 carts

Discussion in 'Canon InkJet Printers' started by randyr5, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Dec 4, 2017
    randyr5

    randyr5 Printing Apprentice

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    I'm pretty new to this forum and a relative newcomer to the PRO-100. I watched a ton of Jose's videos on the printer, and on the CLI-42 cart mod, flush, etc. This post is about the carts.
    I took Jose's advice and got an extra set of empty carts on ebay, drilled and flushed them. I also got the PC refill kit and got some extra clear silicone plugs for the carts. I found the plugs to be a very tight fit in the 5/32" hole recommended in the video, so I did a little research.

    I mic'd the plug and it has a diameter of about 4.3mm. The 5/32" hole is about 3.97mm. The next size up in SAE bits was 11/64" or about 4.36mm - too big. So I got out my numbered drill bits, which give you a lot more flexibility. I got out these bits:

    #22 about 3.99mm
    #21 about 4.04mm
    #20 about 4.09mm
    #19 about 4.22mm

    I had a sacrificial cart to play with, so I started with the 22. Still pretty tight. Same with 21. #20 was much better. I could seat the plug fully without too much force and it was still air tight. #19 also worked, still air tight.

    My conclusion is that the colored plugs with the pull tab are slightly smaller and/or more pliable and work fine in the 5/32" hole. The clear silicone ones from PC work better for me with a slightly larger hole. I'll probably stick with the #20 bit just to be safe.

    Oh, and the syringes for flushing still fit fine in the larger hole.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
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