You’ve been there – the last in a long series of revisions to your document is finally complete and you see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s ready to print, so the order goes in to have umpteen hundred copies made. The printing goes off without a hitch and now all of the booklets are in the finishing stage being secured with plastic coil binding. Then, ‘that’ call comes in – you know the one I’m talking about. it usually starts off with something like, “Have the books gone to print yet? Is it too late to make a change?” This is the part where your skin starts to crawl – cue the horror movie music and you can almost feel the camera zooming in on you to emphasize the stunned look on your face. All dramatics aside, sometimes a page needs to be changed and removing coil bindings is easier than you think.
There’s just 2 easy steps to “unbinding” your coil bound books.
1. Clip off one of the crimped ends of your coil. Point the red dot on your coil crimping pliers down toward the floor and squeeze to clip off the coil’s crimped end (see image above).
2. Spin the coil out of the book. This can be done by hand or very quickly with a powered coil inserter.
Now you can punch your pages to be replaced and place them into your books then bind them again with new coils. One caveat to coil binding (and most other types of booklet binding) is that the editing process renders the original coils useless – they will be too short to reuse. the good news is they are fully recyclable.
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