Construction Paper in Copy Machine

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  1. woobie5

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    OMG ... I'm so annoyed. You can put construction paper through the copy machine right? But you have to cut it down to size? I'm not finding ANY construction paper that is "letter" or 8-1/2 by 11 size. Am I just losing it?:confused:
     
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  3. Ilovefirst

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    We have a bypass tray that will adjust to the size of the paper so we can put construction paper and oaktag in it. (But we have to be ready to help it out the other side as it tends to get jammed)
     
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    You have to cut it down to size and then good luck as it sometimes jams in the copy machine, but we do it all the time anyway.
     
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    Yep, you have to cut it. :)
     
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    our copier could never handle construction paper! good luck! that would be really awesome!
     
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    We are not allowed to use construction paper in ours, but our school buys us colored card stock paper.:(
     
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    We can NOT use it at our school...as stated above, too much jamming
     
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    I cut construction paper down all the time and run it in the bypass tray. So far I haven't had a problem.
     
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    I think if I put construction paper in our copier, I'd better just walk myself on out the front door! LOL
    I didn't even know it was possible. Ours jams just from regular copy paper! We know our copier repair guy real well!
     
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    Our copier guy has a homemade sign for "broke" so when we talk about him, that's his name sign. LOL.
     
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    It would KILL our machine.

    Then 120something teachers would kill whoever did it!!!
     
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    I am picturing a crowd of angry teachers with burning sticks...
     
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    You should never put const. paper in a copy machine. It will eventually ruin it. You need to use bristol paper if you want something on thick paper.
     
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    It works on ours (depending on the weather!) so I try to avoid it.

    My situation is worse. I got an email today they are removing the copiers from the satellite schools - everything has to be sent to the main facility a week in advance! So much for child-centered. I am constantly trying out new things, making new games, etc. This sucks! (am I allowed to say that?)
     
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    We can't use it in the copier; it works about half the time in the risograph. The copier repairman (who lives at our school, by the way) told us that construction paper leaves fibres in the machine that causes paper jams--if not with the construction paper than in subsequent jobs.
     
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    No construction paper allowed in our machines either. It nearly continously runs all day so it gets hot and jams with regular paper.
     
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    Yeah, you can cut it to fit, but it's not good to use it in the copier.

    We have a different kind of machine that we are allowed to run construction paper in. Not remember what the machine is called. Offset? It makes a master first. Really old.
     
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    we can't run const. paper in our copier either-we have to use it in the riso's
     
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    You could find colored paper in standard sizes at an office supply store. It may not be as thick as consstruction paper, but it works well for crafts.
     
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    We can use construction paper in ours, I just have to use the bypass tray.
     
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    We can't put construction paper through the copier not because of the jamming factor, but because the construction paper leaves the little fibers in the machine which makes it jam more often....
     
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    I'm sure you know your own school, so please don't be offended by this but have you asked if you are allowed to put const paper in the copy machine? We used to at our school, but when we got two new machines we were told it was a new rule NOT to put any const paper in them. We were told it takes a few years off of the life of the machine. My P is kind of mean and lies a lot so Idk if thats true but whatever.
     
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    OUr machine at our school is leased, so we only pay 2 cents per copy. If the machine is broken or not working, the copy place provides us with a new machine. I don't think they're worried about the life of the copier at our school.
     
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    Perhaps use the colored cardstock paper instead of construction paper. Construction paper is flimsy and tears easily.

    I'd likely be killed by the rest of the teachers at my school if I jammed the machine with construction paper! Our machine jammed so much last year with regular paper! :)
     
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    TracyK - really? 2 cents per copy? I am envisioning all the papers I run (and I don't run as many as most teachers b/c I like to use white boards for lots of practice rather than worksheets) -----OMG - that is a lot of $$ over a week even! 25 students X 2 cents - 2 sets of papers = $1...that adds up!

    We have a Riso that you have to be trained to use and it will do construction paper, but the minimum is 30 sheets, so w/ a class of 23-25, there are a few left to file away until you have enough for an entire class a few years later.
     
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    We have copy meisters at my school. The teachers aren't allowed to touch the copy machines and they would never let us put construction paper in the copy machine. They will copy on card stock or colored paper for us though.
     
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    On our riso, the minimum number you need to set the machine to is 20. It is possible, though, to stop the job at any time, so if I only need 10 copies I only need to run 10.
     
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    Our copy machine is iffy with this. Can you take it to a place that does copying for your special projects?
     
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    I cut construction paper down to size and use it in my laser printer. Works great. I also cut down oaktag.
     
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    My husband is in charge of printing at a community college. He said that it is not recommended.
     
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    same here.
     
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    I got a laugh out of that one, MsMullen. :lol:
    It's sad about your principal though. :blush::haha:
     
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    There has been such a kerfuffle about our copy machine, we teachers are now locked out of our copy room. Only our one aide (for the entire school) can make copies and definitely NO construction paper or tagboard. We also pay a penny per copy from our meager budget.
     
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    We used to be able to put construction paper in the Rizo machine but never the copier.
     
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    Are you charged for the aide's mistakes? At one of my schools, we had this arrangement but the aide was absolutely horrible. If you had a sticky note on the page telling how many copies you wanted, the paper was copied with the sticky note on it, and she complained if you put notes on the paper with paper clips. It was a lose, lose situation!!
     
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    Luckily, we are NOT charged for her errors. Our major problem is often finding her. We are supposed to give her a 24hour turn around on work, but have to wait several days for copied materials. She gets "pulled" to do other tasks. And if you want just one copy, say of a conference letter, you still have to wait. Ick-the teachers hate it.
     
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    I'm too nervous to even try this!
     
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    On our machine, we are encouraged to use card stock instead of construction paper, but I think those who still use construction paper only did small batches, maybe three or fewer pages at a time.
    A bazillion years ago, I worked at a school that had an old mimio machine that you could use after making that smelly purple master.
     
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    very old thread but I had to query bc my school says no bc of jamming. I had no problem. Yes, you use the bypass tray but few people go beyond setting the thickness of the paper to T3. Copiers also have an option to custom size the paper. I set it to 9 by 12 and I have no issues. Finding that option can be difficult but it's usually under bypass tray/settings/customsize
     
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    9 year old thread! Zombie!
     
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