My friend Dennis in the Physics department kindly installed a new power cord for the Underwood Electric, replacing the tatty Underwood cord. Nothing to it, Dennis says. Me, I still don't understand electricity.
Now we're nearly there!
There was a moment of dismay because when we turned the machine on, it wouldn't stop advancing the platen again and again. What was wrong? Dennis tracked it down in less than a minute: one little spring had come unattached. The guy has an eye! I would have figured it out ... maybe in an hour.