Repairing e typewriter is fun, but it takes a lot of patientice. I don't know nearly as much about this as I would like, even still, I have picked up a few pointers.
Observe and Interact: Repairing an old machine is a labour of love. Take your time, make small changes. Observe everything. Never force a part to move or rush through the repair. Cleaning solves most problems: A q-tip, soft brush and some rubbing alchol will fix most problems. An enormous amount of crud can develop inside these old typewriters. Just cleaning it out can repair some seemingly major issues.
User Error: Isny other problems with typewriters are caused through misuse. Typing on a typewriter is different to typing on an electric keypad. I know it looks the same but the muscles and rythem are quite different.
One of the things I like best is that the typewriter is honest. It says exactly what you write and doesn't try to anticipate your needs or wants. Immediate feedback, but without spellcheck or delete button.
but without a spellcheck or delete button
r ranson wrote:One thing about ribbons is that the spools that come with the machine may be specific to that machine. Don't toss your spools.
I've noticed that the typewriter ribbons come on spools that don't fit my machine, but the ribbon is the right size, so I've been winding new ribbon onto the old spools.
r ranson wrote:Typewriter ribbons run out of ink. But that's okay because there is a magic way to reink a typewriter ribbon.
r ranson wrote:The typewriter revolution is a great book. It has all sorts of ideas on how to use a typewriter and tips and tricks on repair.