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Maintenance & Repairs » Typewriter Storage In Humidity » 21-6-2018 21:48:11

beak
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I live in Queensland Australia, and mould can be a problem here too.  Assuming you can't arrange good air flow, it may be worth investigating moisture absorbers of the type designed for protecting clothes in the wardrobe.  Sunlight is also good for preventing mould - put each machine in the sun every now and then?  Sounds daft but it all helps.

Maintenance & Repairs » How do I adjust: Olympia SM3 Carriage Return Lever hitting the lid? » 21-6-2018 21:30:34

beak
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Laura -
Unless the return lever is clearly bent, the issue is quite likely to be that the rubber grommets round the screws attaching the mechanism to the shell (casing) have perished and compressed.  Replacing these raises the carriage agin and should cure the problem.
  This topic has several threads here , and a quick search should find them for you  -would put link, but rushing out of the door to work.  Best of luck.

Off-Topic » Fountain Pen Users Here? » 10-5-2018 12:07:43

beak
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I used to be an active member of FPN, but left because of its restrictions on free expression - FPN is very PC, and the moderators tend towards totalitarianism; it is a sackable offence even to question any decision they come up with - not my kind of place any longer.
Yes, I have had a fountain pen on me every day for many decades - generally a Pelikan M805 with broad nib.  A great pen and cheaper by far than the overpriced MB.

Early Typewriters » Wooden spacebar? » 17-4-2018 21:05:38

beak
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Here's one of mine in which I replaced a broken space-bar with a bit of oiled beech, if that helps a all.
https://i.imgur.com/c206Klw.jpg

Maintenance & Repairs » Paint bare spots, repaint whole machine or leave alone? » 15-4-2018 08:01:21

beak
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Repainting a typewriter is a long and arduous labour of love - if it is to be done well and look great afterwards.
Major diasassembly
Removing all traces of previous finishes
priming
spray1
spray2
reassembly.

Touching out patches is also a task requiring great skill at colour and surface finish matching, as mentioned already.  No reason not to do it, as long as you go into the work knowing what you are undertaking.  Good luck.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 02-4-2018 00:07:29

beak
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First thing is, are you putting the paper in straight?
  As you roll the paper into the machine, make sure you roll it through far enough so that you can align the top corners to the bottom corners.  You keep the paper bale lock off to do this, and put the lock back on when it's right.  That way the paper will be straight in the machine and stay that way.  Let us know. 

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 01-4-2018 18:43:27

beak
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Hello and welcome Sam.
'Just looking for a couple...'
Yup - that's how it starts.

Type Talk » Waiting on the Mail » 09-3-2018 00:01:00

beak
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I've had good luck with this site for all international tracking no matter where it's from or where it's going; seems to find most things...
https://t.17track.net/en#nums=LX023521543CN

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage » 01-3-2018 20:10:42

beak
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The first thing to look at may be to check if the space bar is able to travel sufficiently far downwards when tapped.  Either the supporting brackets may be bent, or there may be gunk under the bar or on the top of the pads it is supposed to hit.

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