DIY Typewriter Repair
These pages are from the Reader’s Digest Repair Manual “The Complete Guide to Home Maintenance”. This book has all the information you could ever need in order to fix things from bent knife blades to the drive mechanism of your lawnmower. While I one day might repair the handle of a sports bag, or fit a new bulb into my iron (wow, just by leafing through this book I feel more handy), the most useful pages so far have been those on typewriter repair. Here they are for those who want to take typewriter repair into their own hands.
A few tips from my own amateur typewriter repairs: 1. The reason why your typewriter keys get stuck or jam up is probably because of grease and grime – clean all the type bars with something like methylated spirits. Be patient and careful.
2. Don’t use oil! It’s tempting to as it seems like the right thing, but in fact it attracts more grime and the mechanism will get stuck again. The pages below suggest using oil on certain parts of the machine, but if you do this, don’t use it anywhere else, it is tempting to start oiling everything when you’ve got the bottle in your hands.