Saturday, September 28, 2013
rn recently commented: "I've had some concerns about the bell ring/line stop mechanism on my 1917 Underwood 5. It's a bit sluggish. Any advice?"
Yes. Try this one weird trick I recently discovered:
1) Gently push down on the margin stop as shown below, and hit the space bar to see whether the mechanism works well when you're pushing down. If not, sorry, this weird trick won't do the trick. But if pushing down helps, then proceed ...
2) Tucked away behind the frame is a spring that's supposed to do exactly what your finger was doing. Pull it out where you have access to it. (I'm using a spring hook in this picture.)
3) Use needlenose pliers to bend the tip of the spring a bit so it will push harder.
4) The spring now looks like this. Tuck it back behind the frame, so that the tip of the spring pushes against the frame.
Your Underwood should now work fine!
I hope others will try this and let me know how it works out.
PS: Today I typed up the essence of the Typewriter Insurgency Manifesto in a new format which I hope you'll like. I'm making some postcards with this text that I'll be handing out at Herman Price's meeting next month. Feel free to share, retype, adapt, etc. Click for a large version.