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Maintenance & Repairs » tool rack » 13-8-2015 16:32:46

BrianE
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Uwe wrote:

BrianE wrote:

The better ones I was able to find were all metric. 

Which you would need when working on a European-made machine.
 

What metric sizes (in thickness) most common for typewriters?  

The screwdrivers I'm looking at are pretty reasonable: $4.06 - $6.60 if you by them seperately.  Sets offer bewildering number of blade widths & shaft lengths.  Am guessing just a couple of them all I need to remove 'skin' & clean, etc.
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Escapement adjustments » 12-8-2015 18:55:52

BrianE
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Mech wrote:

colrehogan wrote:

A typewriter hunter? What does that mean?

The FAQ page at TWDB has detailed information on "Typewriter Hunters":
http://typewriterdatabase.com/faq.php

I love being a "Typewriter Hunter" at TWDB because of the access to the documents library, the ability to upload typewriter galleries of my own, and the ability to view and participate in discussions about typewriters in the TWDB. I definitely recommend becoming a "Typewriter Hunter" at TWDB.
 

Didn't know that either.  Thanks to you & "Höhne" for tip.

"Ztyper" - you'll post with an update?  Too chicken to tweak mine like that until know more.

Maintenance & Repairs » tool rack » 12-8-2015 18:42:55

BrianE
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Sage advice.  And from your join date, am guessing that's experience speaking.

Quickly discovering what most everyone here probably already knows.  Some of those screws down in the 'guts' of a machine very difficult to reach. 

Problem is I couldn't find a normal set with small enough tips!  Sets on Amazon were panned as junk.  The better ones I was able to find were all metric.
 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » My Desk Runneth Over! » 12-8-2015 18:30:39

BrianE
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Fleetwing wrote:

Nice touch with the 6 cent stamps!  I can't remember when those would have been current -- circa 1970 perhaps?

Thanks.  They were still in the holder, so who knows about its age.  Pretty good guess though.  (Stamp collector?) According to a USPS, they were introduced in 1968. 

colrehogan wrote:

My mom probably has a calendar like that somewhere in her house. Or she used to. Just another thing for me to look for at some point.

Yeah, took a few years.  Snagged the desk set many moons ago.  Found calendar at local estate sale a couple of years back.  Was looking for onion skin paper & ran across brass set that kind of rounded it all out. 

My stylin' fishtail pen is happy. 

Type Talk » Another trip to the antique mall » 12-8-2015 18:18:46

BrianE
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NDW76 wrote:

You're lucky finding an antique shop like that. Here in Thailand antique shops are full of touristy stuff that is all of three months old.

Ha!  Don't know why that struck me a funny because it isn't.  Here in San Antonio Texas, "antique" malls are little more than classy (pricey) flea markets.  What passes for an "antique" in these tourist traps is probably a metal lunch box from the 50's. 

Brian

Oh, and welcome btw!  Haven't been here that long myself.

 

Type Talk » Another trip to the antique mall » 10-8-2015 18:48:02

BrianE
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colrehogan wrote:

By the time I walked by the stall where the Royal was, there was a sign on it that read, Do not play with. The sign wasn't there when I was looking at it, but apparently that was in response to my looking. Oh well.

Chuckle.  "Oh well" indeed.  I'd have gotten a crayon and swapped notes.  

Pleze play with me!

That's one beast of an electric btw.  Looks like it came out of a Sherman tank!  

 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » My Desk Runneth Over! » 10-8-2015 18:31:36

BrianE
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OK, I'm helpless when it comes to picking up nifty stuff like a brass & marble stamp roll holder.

And a brass ink blotter...

...And a brass reciept spike.

The ol' Parker-61 desk set is complete.  Ready to sign off on typewritten letters & get them into the mailbox!

Now I just need a bigger desk. 


http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/BeSquare_bucket/DeskSet01_zpspbeekcxu.jpg


Happy typing!

Brian
 

Maintenance & Repairs » tool rack » 10-8-2015 18:20:28

BrianE
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Well, if anyone's interested...  Finally found what I was looking for by searching 'scientific inst. repair.'  Picked these up at a fraction of the cost & they're better made to boot!

http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/BeSquare_bucket/ScrewDriverSet01_zpsa21k35b7.jpg


Zoom out & here are some of my other toys for typewriters 

http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/BeSquare_bucket/Misc_Tools01_zpsq2ujiabt.jpg

Maintenance & Repairs » tool rack » 04-8-2015 09:19:04

BrianE
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Thought I'd tag onto this topic since search didn't come up with much.

Considering machinists -vs- gunsmith screwdrivers.

Looking at a set here:

http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/screwdrivers-sets/magna-tip-sets/magna-tip-super-sets--prod417.aspx

On one with a 44 bits.  A reviewer gave 4 out of 5 stars because, "One problem with this set is that you must spring for the thin bit set also. just do it."

No idea what he's talking about because not a gunsmith!

They have 800 # but guessing rep on phone wouldn't be able to help since for typewriters.

Just how small do some of these little beasties need to be?

Suggestions / advice appreciated.

thanks

Brian
 

Type Talk » Your Ebay watch list » 01-8-2015 19:03:40

BrianE
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ztyper wrote:

She's beautiful! I love the colors that Olympia gave their early portables; my SM-4 has the "olive" green and I love it. And just be glad you have the instructions booklet, most people just throw it out for some reason and then it's recycled or in a landfill. Also love the history it came with, it's always interesting to know the history of the typewriter.

I'm envious of that SM-9 you got for $20 - complete doc's - even warranty card.  In script no less!  

Think you win bragging rights for "Find of the Month."  Congrads!

Might sound like silly question, but don't want to damage anything.  Where does the book & kit go inside the case?  RH side has clip, but won't easily go in there, so haven't messed with it.

KatLondon wrote:

Oh I love that, what a gorgeous typewriter. Its about the same kind of green as my 1956 Silent-Super. VERY pretty. Well done!

Thanks

Very surprising (for me at least) that carriage shift is so easy & key action really nice.

For a basket shift machine (this is where the "Diana" model can still hold its own) think you mentioned, SM9, Optima, or SC models?

 

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