Saturday, August 9, 2014

One Petition Worth Signing

I am not generally moved by signing political anything.  However I get p----- everytime I need to use my SSI card for ID. My card has right across the top "NOT TO BE USED FOR IDENTIFICATION"  yet many government agencies, businesses, and medical facilities insist on it.

This petition is to prevent the requirement for using an SSI card for ID.

I encourage all U.S readers of this blog to sign the petition.  One small way we can all help to elimitate ID theft.

This petition is up almost a month already and (still) only has less than 10,000 signatures.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Facit TP2 Final Adjustment and Substitute Feet

The first few lines show the stacking. The last 7 the repair.

This mechanism locks the keys at the end of a line.

The odd shaped screw was originally parallel with the silver lever.

Replacement vinyl foot example. 

The feet extend just enough to grip really good.

The small semi-circular spring assists the auto-reverse.

The spring is missing from the right spindle.

Anyone have a parts machine with a card guide on it that matches this one?  It is bent and I'd like to find a replacement.  It works, but I am afraid much more bending will break it.  It is rather fragile. I could use a tiny spring for the right spindle auto-reverse too.
Overall the TP1 and TP2 are rather easy to work on as all parts are easily accessible. 

Housing is easily removed as well as the carriage and carriage cover, platen, and feed roller.

The carriage comes off easily by removing the small spring that protrudes through the hole in the bottom cover and 4 mounting screws, 2 at each end of the rails.

Escapement is easyly removed with 4 screws. The main spring is held by 2 screws.

Text alignment can be a bit tricky as the adjuster locking nuts can be tricky to tighten. 

Margin alignmnet and tab alignment as well as carriage feed adjustments are rather easy.  Sets are easy to work on , difficult to accurately set.

Even the spindles are somewhat easy to remove.  The tiny spring is very brittle, but with care they do not need to be disturbed.  There is a good reason the spindles are not a big problem to completely take apart -- the cement that Facit used as grease.
I have a TP1 and TP2 and I completly redid all 4 spindles because the poor quality grease turned to cement.

Overall nice typewriters to work on, but typical of the quality of many machines of the 60s and better than most of the 70s.

I find the TP1 and TP2 quite nice typers with the backspace and margin release intuitively located with the right hand shift key.

Worst thing about these machines is the completly stupid margin sets.  I think the engineer that designed them and the manager that approved them and put them into production were both drunk as a skunk or complete idiots.  I'll take a Hermes 3000 system over these pieces of crap any day.  Facit ruined very good machines with completely idiotic margin sets.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Not a Typecast. Not a Pencast Either.

I am way behind on my posting.  Then many things do not work out as planned.

I still have too many irons in the fire.  Stuck in Florida too -- unless I refuse to return from Iowa.

We've been on the road for a while. It all started with visiting a few of the local state parks and trails.  Then with some family interests we've once again landed in Iowa, and we've been visiting Illinois.

This trip also took place with a substitute for a Skyriter.  My Hermes Baby. Wish I would have stayed with my decision to bring the Skyriter.  The Hermes is not as good as a Skyriter.  It will not even feed a Typosphereian Post Card.  Skyriters feed post cards.

My Baby is in quite good condition, but it lacks the functionality of a Skyriter.  It just happens to fit my computer backpack better than a Skyriter and weighs less.  Every bit of space and mass reduction pays when traveling.  Since Mrs. M is handicapped the least I carry the better.  Generally I would not even given thought to a typewriter or even my computer except that I am doing a bit of job hunting while here.

I've fallen behind on blog reading, although I think I have been reading all.  I know I could miss a post sometimes.  I have not commented much either.  Time is tight.  (Now I sound a bit like Booker T and the MG's).

I've really (as always) enjoy my time away from Florida.  Weather in Iowa has been fantastic.  Illinois has been a bit windy.  The locals in both places are telling me the weather is more like May than June.  I like it.  Cool mornings to run and not a cloud in the sky all day except for the short shower at the airport and one this morning.

Well, that is what I've been up to.  I hope to head off to Cincinnati on a side trip.  Mrs. wants to go to the American Gothic house and Cincinnati looks like a doable side trip.
Oh, wait a minute, Dr. Polt is in Ohio!  I'll be going to Cincinnati, Iowa.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Corona 3

The flap that lowers to remove / replace the typewriter was torn.  2 layers of Gaffer's tape repaired it.

First thought was a heat shrink covered platen.

Closer examination showed a recovered platen.  I like the blue.

Included in the case was an instruction book, cleaning brush, and oiler with oil.
I found the following start of a typecast in my blue TP 2 when I got it out of its case to type yesterday.
Last week after doing some work in the yard I took a break and was watching carpenter bees and along came Jones...Slow walking Jones, Jones and Jones and Jones.  Well, I do not know what kind of birds these are, but they strolled right down the street like they owned the place and knew where they wanted to go.  Debbie followed on behind and followed them around the corner and up the next street.  The decided to take the canal.  Debbie just watched.

I think I will name them Curly, Larry & Moe.

 I thought I would type a bit after I finished mowing, As stated in the above typecast from yesterday, plans changed.

No typewriters in the local GoodWill store, but I did find this for $4.99.
I wonder Ted, can the A570 be hacked to do infrared ?

Notice my machine has the Pounds Sterling symbol instead of the $ symbol?

This also arrived in the mail this week. Inside I found it was printed in 1899.