Friday, September 01, 2023

Consul 232

There were more problems not mentioned above, like the margin rack and adjustment sliders were so corroded that they'd hardly move. I had to remove the rack and sliders, then cleaned and polished some pieces with metal polish to get them to move smoothly. It went on and on like this. I'd think it was fixed, then something else would crop up.

I remember times like these when, years ago, I repaired consumer electronics for a living. Some problems were dealt with easily, while others were a real struggle; but in the process of doing so it was also a learning period, gaining new skills and technical insights, or merely how to deal patiently with stressful situations.

As I alluded to in the typewritten piece, if a person had to do this for a living, today, in 2023 and going forward, the challenge would be these small portables that were never intended to work as well as a better-built, larger machine, yet are the kinds of machines that attract newcomers to the hobby. They want their small portable to be like their iPad or laptop computer: go anywhere and expect it to perform flawlessly. These machines often take more time to service properly than a bigger, better-built design.

Still, it was a fun experience, and the little typer works. It's been restored to service. One more obsolete typewriter is now back in business. Type on!


Blogger RobertG said...

Repairs are very satisfying, getting something to work again - nice one on this little machine that was perhaps not made with the thought it could last this long.

When a large piece like that is missing, I do sometimes wonder how, where, when it got lost; what was the scenario? Little history :)

4:22 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

What fun! Congratulations on a successful repair learning experience! :D

9:34 AM  

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