Just like the name says

This pilot fish is pretty much the whole IT support team for the small steel mill where he works, and he's used to dealing with engineers -- mostly.

"One day, I received a call from the chief engineer, saying his laser printer was jammed and wouldn't work," fish says.

"When I looked at the printer, he sheepishly admitted that he tried to print on a custom-cut piece of 'housewrap' -- insulating paper that's made from Tyvek and heavily loaded with plastic.

"The 400-degree fuser in the laser printer melted the plastic in the housewrap, really fusing it to the innards of the printer."

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