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Typewriter Repair 101

The difference between Tell and Show

There it is, that typewriter in your “ToDo” pile, collecting dust because it’s not quite working right, but you don’t know exactly what’s wrong with it, or maybe you think you know, but are trepidatious to really dig in there and find out. Maybe there’s even a small amount of guilt. You know that machine […]

Tabulatin’ My Bibles

Joe Van Cleave recently came up with a good idea in this post, where he does a little “Let’s use this to fix something” review of the recently released Smith-Corona Floating Shift Typewriter Repair Bible. That idea was adding tabbed dividers to the sections of the book to split up the sections for easy access. […]

Spreadin’ The Word of Jones…

The Reading Rainbow: Five editions out now and ponderin’ which ones I’ll do next. The first ones have started making it out to people who’ve posted some pics in the Facebook groups. I suppose they count as testimonials, so here’s the most recent ones. I love it when they post pics with the Bible next […]

TMTRB: Update!

Hey, look what the mailman brought today! The first proofing copy, hot off the press. I estimate another two weeks or so for edits and mailing time for the final proof – then RELEASE! You’ll be able to get your own copy by mid February, I think. The TMTRB, Yes, that’s the Book for me! […]

Come on, ring those bells…

Drago’s margin bell is finally working 100% again (probably for the first time in decades, actually) – after examining every millimeter of the rather Rube Goldbergish margin bell system of my Underwood #5 and finding nothing specifically faulty. The problem in the end was probably one of design, as the flippy arm (#20 in illustration […]

Typewriter Repair 101: Adjusting Vertical Typeface Alignment (Carriage-Shift Typewriters)

In part One of this Typewriter Repair 101 series, we discussed adjusting the typeface alignment on Basket/Segment-shifted typewriters. One question that came up pretty quickly was the basket-shifted Royal QDL, which has a more complex 4-point adjustment system that is similar to Carriage-shifted machines. Today, we’ll examine some examples of these carriage-shifted machines, and adjust […]

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