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He will write on the oil bottle that it was borrowed from the other division, and in the paperwork he leaves reporting the service call, he will include a note that they must buy supplies. Tom is finishing up now. He writes down the list of parts he replaced and notes those that need to be reordered because his trunk inventory has reached its threshold. Then he makes the final copies for his copy quality check; with this machine, you can hear each function in sequence, and he calls them off as the significant noises occur.

Tom asks if I am familiar with these machines; I am not, so he explains what he is checking. He examines some reject copies 24 Talking about Machines from the trash barrel; their partially processed condition tells him that the reported problem is not the actual problem, that the jams occur elsewhere. With that in mind, he begins to think about what the machine will require in the way of routine servicing. This machine gets very little use, ~o he will do some minimal cleaning and topping-up of fluids while we wait for the machine to warm up.

She does not think so, which is fortunate because he wants to give someone a hard time about the state of the machine. Alice shows him the copies of the logs, and they fence for a while about why or whether he should be interested. When she succeeds in getting him and the others interested, they listen to the list of problems the machine has had and begin to talk about noise problems or communications problems; they also suggest, jokingly, that she swap the machine. She repeats that she wants help, that she does not understand this series of problems, and Fred tells her she has to fix it.

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