I brought the Remington 3 portable back from my parent’s today with the intention of fixing it up. I’ve been searching youtube hoping to find some videos to help out, but so far nothing of use has popped up. I did, however, find this, which is quite interesting:

Judging by the close up at the very end, I would guess that the language is Czech, but honestly I have no idea. The animation of the assembly at the end is particularly interesting, though it doesn’t help me with my current plight of figuring out how to remove the platen so I can clear out all of the debris stuck in it.

There are several problems with this machine, though I haven’t let any of them stop me from using it:

1. The carriage return does not advance the platen, so I have to go to the next line by turning the knob every time.

2. The tension of the ribbon is off and the spools don’t advance properly or consistently. Sometimes they feel like it, but most of the time not so much.

3. There are no margins to speak of and I can’t figure out how to set them.

4. The capital letters leave ghostly images on the page when I type. If I type really, really slowly (trying to figure out WHY they’re printing) they they don’t do it. But when I’m going along at speed I end up with everything printed twice.

5. There is a mystery button on the upper left. It is silver, and unmarked. It is connected to some mechanism on the back of the machine that goes in and out, but doesn’t actually seem to actually do anything useful. Perhaps this is the mystery margin button? If so, it doesn’t appear to work.

6. The machine itself no longer fits comfortably inside the case. I’m not sure if this is because something is out of alignment and sticking out at the wrong angle, or if it’s just age and changes to the wood/metal.

Once again, it strikes me that it would be most useful if I actually saw a working version of this machine before I tried to fix it, but alas, none are at hand.

Aside from that, I did pick up some stationary while I was at Walmart this morning. Eventually it will work it’s way into the typecasts, and for $1 each for 3 packs of 25 sheets, I couldn’t really say no. Perhaps I’ll type out a sample tomorrow so that you can see the ghosting on the page, though if you travel back far enough I’m sure I have a few typecasts here on the blog that exemplify it.