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  1. Simon Holt

    31 day Korean clock - Time and Strike

    "You told me that the clock you sold me had to be wound every week. After a week, I tried to wind it but it was still fully wound. After two weeks it stopped, but when I tried to wind it it was still fully wound."
  2. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    That's much cheaper than the one I bought from Screwfix! I wish I'd seen that one... Read the instructions; the one I bought (if I remember correctly) says that it is designed to kill the worm at the beetle stage of its life-cycle. As the beetle gets to the surface, in preparation for flying...
  3. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    Well, if you don't have to strip the finish off the visible parts of the clock then you may get away with just treating the seat board and back panel, together with making new corner blocks. I'm no expert, but my advise would be to fill every hole, then look carefully each year for three years...
  4. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    Snorty, you're not going to like the answer... You daren't assume that there's no live woodworm. You'll need to check out the entire case for holes before deciding how to proceed. If it's only the seatboard, you could put that in your freezer for a few days. Or, you could make a new seatboard...
  5. Simon Holt

    Newbie rebushing Urgos

    Peter There are smartphone apps that will do the job for you. Simon
  6. Simon Holt

    Sonora Chime Mainspring and Barrel

    Unless I've mis-understood the problem, the Ollie Baker winder is supplied with a hose clamp ring that you put round the barrel. There is then a rod that wedges under the clamp ring screw to prevent it turning. There is a PDF available from this site (item # 66) • Mike's Atmos Clock Clinic &...
  7. Simon Holt

    Help For Bent Pivot

    1/8 inch, did you mean? If you can drill a 1/4 inch hole in a 1/4 inch rod, I'm impressed! ;) Simon
  8. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    It'll last you a long time. Don't throw it away once contaminated – just let the contaminants settle out then decant off the clean. I keep a bucket (with a lid) half-full of paraffin, and I use it for dunking whole movements sometimes as a pre-clean process. Simon
  9. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    Have you a local town shop that sells general hardware and household stuff? Or try a petrol station that sells logs, coal etc as parrafin is also used in some old fashioned heaters. Simon
  10. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    Most hardware stores in England sell it, in 5 litre containers. I think it's very similar to domestic heating oil, but that's harder to get in small quantities. Simon
  11. Simon Holt

    Vintage Helper Spring Rehab or Replacement?

    Just curious – does this technique work with synthetic oil? Simon
  12. Simon Holt

    Best Clock Oil to use.

    Just to stress the need for synthetic oil, this is what happens to the non-synthetic type after a few years: Simon
  13. Simon Holt

    Zaandam Resurrection

    That looks fairly clean, so if it was mine I'd put on a test stand straight away and see how it performs. If something isn't right, let us know (with video if possible, posted to YouTube and linked to here) and we can provide specific help. Simon
  14. Simon Holt

    Mora Clock Alarm Crown Wheel

    Sorry - posted a reply in the wrong thread. Simon
  15. Simon Holt

    Zaandam Resurrection

    Hi David Is yours like this? I have restored one of these but I don't have access to it at the moment because it's in someone else's shop window and the shop is closed... Here's a rear view; in my example, the pendulum crutch (the rod closest to the movement that has a loop at the bottom) does...
  16. Simon Holt

    Longcase Restoration Project

    Posted in error...
  17. Simon Holt

    Hamburg Strikes Correctly But Minute Hand Stays 10 Min Fast

    Is that even the correct hand? The shaft for the minute hand looks square in your photograph, and I wouldn't expect to find an oblong hole in a minute hand that is meant to fit on a square shaft. Simon
  18. Simon Holt

    Hamburg Strikes Correctly But Minute Hand Stays 10 Min Fast

    Here's a typical example: front side: Back side: The 'punched hole' referred to is the square hole for the minute shaft. You can see that the hole is in a brass piece that 'sandwiches' the steel hand. The brass piece is not glued, or soldered, nor in any other way fixed to the hand, so it can...
  19. Simon Holt

    Baduf 3-train movement; auto-correction question

    It does make it slightly more fiddly to use the original arbors and barrels in my Joe Collins winder, but it will make final reassembly easier. Simon
  20. Simon Holt

    Baduf 3-train movement; auto-correction question

    I found the answer: the spring barrels have matching key-hole cut-outs that, when aligned with the ones in the plate, allow the winding arbors to be removed (the cut-out allows the hook on the arbour to pass through): So the barrels CAN be removed and re-fitted without splitting the plates. Simon

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