Saturday, February 8, 2014

Itam 6, Typeweriter Repairs and a Mystery

Before alignment

Left alignment adjusting hardware

Right alignment adjusting hardware

Hold the screw while making adjustments.  A Grace G2 Gunsmith Screwdriver fits it great.

Use an open end ignition wrench and turn the nut to the right to lower the character or left to raise it.  An angled typewriter wrench would work a bit easier, but ignition wrenches work fine.

This is the adjustment.  I used 2 wrenches to free the jam nut, made the adjustment and rejammed the nuts.  I really did use 2 hands, but at the moment of the photo, one was holding the camera.
After the completed adjustments

This is the first typewriter added to the collection in 2014.  Do you know what make and model?
This started out as a short break from paper work to clean my HHE.  I was going to post on the HHE, but when I pulled my Underwood 4B I found I never replaced the ribbon I stole to install onto the SS.  I could have used the HHE, but decided to wait.

While searching Craigslist I found an offer too good to refuse.  One night after work I made a stop and the typewriter above found a new home.  A further hint is that it works fine.

I spent most of Saturday cleaning a few typewriters and then typing in the garage where I only have test paper and engineering paper.  I used the engineering paper and made many many typos.

I hope everyone is enjoying I.T.A.M.  Does not seem to be as much I.T.A.M. activity as a few years ago.  Each year seems to be a bit less.

Cameras?  Well the rain that is needed on the Left Coast is steadily falling for the past 2 weeks on the Right Coast.  Unless of course the coasts are observed from the North looking South.  No running, bicycling, or photography.  I think we had one day of sun.

Here is the original post on my HH.


  1. I usually have an idea brewing in my head for a typecast, but don't do any pre-writing. It comes out spontaneously on the typewriter. Very occasionally, I'll need to re-type or do a little digital fudging afterwards because something went awry.

    It's very satisfying to get the vertical alignment just right. I wonder why so many typewriters need it fixed. I guess it's just the cumulative effect of decades of people banging on the shift keys.

  2. I almost always typecast on a subject I have been thinking about for a while. In fact, I have about a dozen typecasts or blog entries usually in mind before I even get to write them.
    I usually have a very minimal structure. I know the points that I want to cover, and I write through them. This probably isn't the best idea, as it leads to being a very verbose and mistake riddled way of doing it, but that's what makes them interesting.

  3. I always have a basic vague idea of what I want to write in my head. Sometimes I get off to false starts and have to begin again. I once had to start 3 or 4 times because thoughts just weren't forming well, but in the end the typecast came out fine.

    Here in Tacoma if we were ever having a winter drought, this year would be one. Apparently we have droughts regularly, at least 2 that were worse than this one in the past 14 years.

  4. Yep, I'm a "publish the first draft" kinda guy. Whatever happens to be in my head when I'm near a typewriter, or at best, I have something set up to type about like a howto. Usually it's "here I am with a new (or newly worked on) typer, GO!"

    I've got an ITAM trip set up where Tori and I re-enact a previous ITAM party, with added photography in celebration of my recent interests. Other than that, no specific ITAM stuff is planned locally that I've heard. Suppose I could poke the hornet's nest when Peter's in town and see what that stirs up.

  5. When I typecast, I do a handwritten rough draft first to eliminate the need for corrections. On the other hand, I write off the top of my head when using the computer and can edit with ease.

  6. Oh, also - I guess Olympia Socialite.

  7. I always have a few drafts waiting to be finished off - some have been around for weeks and may eventually get trashed. I try to sleep on a post before publishing it. Same goes for any writing. Put it away for a while and revisit it later. I find it hard to write anything off the cuff on a typewriter and need to jot down some ideas/notes first.
    Those "how to fix the alignment" photos are very useful for the mechanically-challenged like me, thanks!

  8. I recognize that engineering paper, it's what I've been typecasting onto for the last six months or so. I like to write my articles out ahead of time and do a bit of wordsmithing and editing, then I transcribe onto typewriter.

  9. Being kind of late to reply I have the lazy option of agreeing with people that have already replied :) I do my typecast similarly to Richard and I agree with Rob on the model - I would say Olympia "Splendid33" but I guess "Socialite" is a name used in USA instead.