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Maintenance & Repairs » Carriage stops halfway along while typing. Ideas? » 31-10-2019 15:24:52

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You might take a careful look at your platen to see if there is a bulge in the middle. I have an old Royal KHM that binds towards the right and it is because there are several bulges in the platen rubber. My understanding is that old platen cores were either wood, which might become warped or swell, or they were covered with a sheet of lead as a sublayer. The lead would corrode slowly over time and the corrosion would lift up sections of the rubber outer covering. Not sure if this is your problem, but it's worth checking. Best of luck.

Maintenance & Repairs » Need help with ribbon not advancing on Royal Quiet DeLuxe » 10-10-2019 15:46:29

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The first thing to check is to see that the ribbon is running off the spools in the correct direction. That is usually what has happened when I see that the ribbon only runs an inch or two before the spools stop turning. There might be arrows printed on the spool base or you might find a user's manual to help you. Good luck with your find.

Electric Typewriters » Top 5 Electrics to buy... » 02-5-2019 18:47:05

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Hey Uwe, don't be giving the IBM models A and B short shrift! I have two model B's and they are tanks when it comes to design and excellent writers to boot. Models C and D are great, but IBM did a good job on the earlier typebar models as well.

Maintenance & Repairs » 1939 Remington Rand KMC escapement busted » 26-3-2019 22:21:13

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Sounds like one of the dogs is stuck out of the way so it doesn't stop the star wheel. (I can't remember if it's the fixed dog or the moveable dog) Anyway, before you start to turn screws I would try and lube the escapement area with drops of gun oil and see if I could work the dog loose. Then give it some exercise to work the oil into all the little crevices.

Maintenance & Repairs » Skipping Underwood » 06-12-2018 21:18:13

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I have had some success fixing minor skipping problems by simply oiling the escapement area (with gun oil). Get a wooden toothpick or fondue skewer and dip the end in oil so it retains a drop. Then reach in to the area of the star wheel where the dogs are and put a drop on everything that looks like it is supposed to move. Then give the typewriter a week's worth of exercise typing out pages. The problem with skipping is usually that the dogs are moving slowly because of being dried up, or because someone oiled them with petroleum oil a while ago and that got gummy. The exercises cause vibration that helps the gun oil move into all of the bearing surfaces. It's worth a first try since it doesn't involve adjusting things that might well be already correctly adjusted. And it usually doesn't require any, or very little, disassembly.

Maintenance & Repairs » Olympia SM3 issue. Not sure how to proceed. » 30-10-2018 22:05:32

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I would start by running a thin, pointed knife blade through the slots in the segment to see if you might dig out some lint in there. Then I would look at the mechanical linkages to see if any wires seemed to be bent unnaturally.

Off-Topic » A Stupendous Discovery » 05-10-2018 12:21:23

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Editing, you call it? You mean changing something you've already written? What's the purpose? Nah, it'll never catch on. At best it'll just be a fad. Better to invest in crypto currencies.

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti ribbon eyelets » 05-10-2018 12:17:21

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Eyelets should be placed about six inches from each end of the ribbon. Some say you can tie a big knot in the ribbon at that point and it will work. I have not tried that. I always buy my generic ribbons with the eyelet, and then cut it off if the machine doesn't use it.

Maintenance & Repairs » IBM Actionwriter intermittent ribbon advance fix » 26-9-2018 18:20:11

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Sewing machine oil and gun oil are silicone based oils and will evaporate cleanly. Petroleum based oils, like 3-n-1 oil, will also eventually evaporate but will leave a gummy residue that you don't want in fine machinery. (WD-40 is also petroleum based but I don't think that stuff is even classed as an "oil")

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Pelikan branded silk/seide ribbons » 08-7-2018 20:20:04

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I think we got a spammer here, Uwe.

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