How to Remove Keys from an Old Typewriter

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Whether you are removing keys from your typewriter to replace or clean them or you want to use the keys for craft projects or jewelry-making, it's an easy process. All you need is couple of basic household tools and a little care.

Things You'll Need

  • Small piece of cloth
  • Claw hammer
  • Pliers
  • Stuff a piece of cloth under the key.

  • Position the hammer's claw under the key, and pry up to pop off the key.

  • Use pliers if the hammer method doesn't work. Clasp the pliers around the sides of the key and gently wriggle it off.

  • If neither of these methods work or if they damage the keys, you can purchase a tool made just for this purpose (see Resources).

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