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    Default Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc..

    Hello I have a nice wall clock that the top of the pendulem where it swings spring steel is broken.
    I was wondering if there is a store that carries the spring steel. It is .08mm thick.

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    Default The part is called the Suspension I am trying to fix. (RE: Keven)

    Hello I just found that the part I am trying to fix with the spring steel is called the Suspension.
    Thanks,
    Keven

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    Have you checked with or reviewed the catalog (online/hard copy) of Merritts and TimeSavers for the suspension spring part itself?

    It might be cheaper and less aggravation than attempting to fabricate one. I just bought a dozen last week of various sizes for floor and regulator clocks, and they were only a buck and a quarter each. I am referring to the type shown on page 19 of TimeSavers catalog.

    I know both catalogs have pictures in the exact size for you to compare the old one.

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    Thank you. I will look there. I just figured I would need to make one. Does the thickness make a big difference?
    Thanks again.
    Keven

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    Keven,

    It is definitely easier to buy them already made... but.. if you do ever need to make one, a readily available source of thin spring steel is a cheap feeler gage.. you can also order the material in sheets from the clock supply houses.. but feeler gages are available quickly and almost anywhere.
    David Robertson - Kingsland, TX

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    Hi David. Thanks for that idea. I just happen to have a set in the garage,
    Thanks.
    Keven

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    A new suspension spring is only about 1$, so why not just order one. If you want, you can get a free Timesavers catalog delivered to you, and they have them shown actual size.

    Making one is usually only necessary if it's a very unusual size or shape.

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    Keven
    To answer your question about thickness, if for some reason you have to make one, it does not matter much unless it is much too thick or the pendulum is very light. This will make the clock gain.

    As others say, if it is a mass-produced clock, there should be a ready-made one easily and cheaply available.

    The only suspensions I have ever needed to make are for long-case clocks (use feeler gauge) and Bulles (which are silk ribbon).
    Mike - banned member of the throwaway society.

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    Default Re: Where can I buy spring steel? Lowes etc.. (RE: Keven)

    Thank you Mike. I made one with a feeler gauge. It works just fine.
    Thank you all for your help.
    Keven

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