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When typing the letters pile up on each other

What can I do to fix this?

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  • Patty Paxton Apr 19, 2014

    When typing the letters they stack up on top of each other instead of advancing to nest space.


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Most likely it needs lubrication. WD40 is a wonderful thing. Make sure that you put rags under the typewriter to catch the mess. As you press keys and the space bar, spray under the platen as it moves. You want to lube the escapement and the rails. When finished, use denatured alcohol to clean the platen and rollers. (But try really hard NOT to get WD40 on the rollers or the platen. The rollers can be hard to get to). DO NOT do this if this is an electric. They have a rolling platen under the typewriter to provide movement to the keys, etc. If the roller gets oil on it, it will stop working! You can keep cleaning the roller, but as the oil keeps dripping on the roller, all the movements will slip. Eventually you might get it clean, but it is a pain.

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