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    Default Throw Away Quartz Question

    Neighbor came to me and asked me to look at his el-cheapo quartz clock that he was given at some golf tournament 10 years ago. It's a worthless piece of junk, but he loves this thing. Basically a quartz movement with a little pendulum in a lucite box. The battery contacts were kind of green and coroded, so I cleaned them up with brass scratch pen, put in a fresh battery, and hey -- away she goes.

    Here's the question: These things either work or they don't, correct? If it's running am I safe in assuming there's nothing else wrong and that it will continue to run? Nice guy and all, but I'd rather not have him running back over with it.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Oren)

    Yeah, corrosion from a leaky battery is a common problem, and a clock stopper. It's probably good to go cleaned up. Replacement movements are not expensive, in case he comes back with it.
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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: harold bain)

    Thanks Harold. The battery stands vertically on one side, so most of the acid goop was pretty localized.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: harold bain)

    "They either work or they don't" is a fairly safe conclusion. The corrosion may continue though, so you should remove as much as you can and neutralize the rest with baking soda and water. A paste is fine, so it don't run into the movement.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: shutterbug)

    Ok, I know this thread may be moved to the battery and electric forum, but before it does, I regularly repair quartz movements!! Most pop apart easily and can be cleaned out if there is corrosion on the contacts. Normally, it will also travel up to the base of the circuit board as well. If it can't be revived, I still don't toss them; I keep them in a large box. Sometimes there's a gear inside one of them that can be used in an antique electric clock movement or such. Waste not, want not!

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Chris)

    Yeah, as soon as I pushed the post button I realized this was probably the wrong forum...

    Thanks for the info, Chris.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Oren)

    Hi
    Before neutralizing, first determine the type of cell that leaked.
    If an alkaline baking soda won't work. That only works for a
    carbon zink type cell.
    If it was alkaline, use vinegar.
    In both cases wash with water after the fizzing stops.
    Tinker Dwight

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Tinker Dwight)

    . . . . . and of course I know you already considered; Even tho the ded batry an kroshun stopped it there's no guarantee that even with all the proper procedures to arrest corrosion the remaining life of the movement may be five minutes or five years. Again tho replacement is easy and inexpensive altho fitting or refitting hands can be a challenge. Service it and hope it's got five more years!

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Scottie-TX)

    Oren, at the end of the day, you did what the chap asked you to do, you handed it back in a working condition so you fulfilled the request, everything else now is academic.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Oldfathertime)

    I've attempted repairs when the movement was such that duplicates are hard to find. Had limited success.
    1. Check out the REPAIR HINTS & HOW-TO's forum! Click Here.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: bangster)

    Yep. I thought I would price one out, just so I could tell the neighbor how much it would be to replace it, but I haven't been able to find one quite like it. The pendulum, which has a counter-weight that sticks out the top, rests on a plastic knife-edge in the v-shaped notch on top of the movement, and gets impulse from the little round magnet at the bottom.

    Seems to be running fine though, so I'm not going to worry about it. Thanks for all the input.

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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: Oren)

    It's likely not replaceable with anything currently for sale. Any I've seen from the suppliers are larger.
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    Default Re: Throw Away Quartz Question (RE: harold bain)

    Cute clock, by the way.
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