She's very attached to her IBM and wouldn't even consider taking away with her for free another electric typewriter, or an electronic wedge, to use in the IBM's stead.
I'd explained that the only people I know in Australia who are qualified to work with it are Peter Brill in Western Australia, John Lavery in Queensland and Michael Klein in Victoria.
Marie said the only problem she had found with the IBM was that the golfball-ribbon component did not stop at the right-margin, but just kept on typing across the page. I took it upstairs, turned it on, let it warm up, then tested it. She was right, it didn't stop at the right margin.
I took a closer look. It seemed to me that the lever which triggers the bell was pushed too far to the left. I straightened it a bit and tested the IBM again. This time it DID stop at the margin.
It seems to me unlikely I could have fluked a solution so quickly and easily. So what have I done to overcome the problem?
The machine does appear to be working perfectly again. My problem is that I don't really know what I did to fix it. Surely moving the bell trigger slightly to the right can't be all there was to it?
I'd like to be able to tell Marie what had caused the problem so she can avoid it happening again. Can anyone offer any advice please?