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    Smooth Broaching New Bushings

    Actually, they did. If you look at post 67 you'll see that no less a manufacturer than Elgin did, and the reasons they did. And they were doing it on chronometers no less, where the requirement for accuracy was far more necessary than the clocks we generally deal with. If it was good enough...
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    J. Hicks London Aneroid Barometer Help

    Hold the two ends in line, and solder together. The solder lump will never move down as far as the little pulley so will be fine. Then use a barometer app on your phone to re-calibrate by adjusting the screw at the back. And, yes, I've done this.
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    Adjusting Escapement beyond user allow....

    I think Dick is correct. The new photo says that to speed it up you need to turn the screw anti clockwise. This is backed up by the first photo which shows if you were to turn it anti clockwise the threaded adjuster would shorten the spring, making it faster.
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    A clock on Pawn Stars

    If you go to that Bay where the Pirates moor up you'll find them all.
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    Hardening Silver Steel

    An easy way to know if you've heated it sufficiently is to test it with a magnet. Once hot enough it'll no longer be attracted. This is how I do it, and it works.
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    A clock on Pawn Stars

    I try to catch "Repair Shop", and , yes, I sometimes look at the way Steve does things and think, "Mmmmmm, not how I'd do it". But then I remember an interview with George Daniels, the outstanding watchmaker, now sadly departed. He said, " when a watchmaker looks at the work of another...
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    Microset II

    I use mine all the time, and take it with me when returning clocks. Customers, especially people mechanically inclined, ( all right, "men"....), are always interested in what it's measuring, and why. I do notice that the beat error will sometimes slowly climb up, and then back down to where it...
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    Smooth Broaching New Bushings

    Interesting old video here from Elgin, who probably knew a thing or two in their day. It's about how chronometer jewels were made, and if you fast forward to 58.30 they explain why, when the jewels have been made, they have a taper put into them from each side. They are jewels, rather than...
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    inch screws sizes in English clocks

    This is not a problem peculiar to us clockmakers. A few years ago I restored a horse drawn carriage for a local museum where I was working as a volunteer. The nuts, bolts, and screws throughout it were, as far as I could determine, unique. I have a pretty good collection of taps and dies built...
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    pocket barometer question

    The pocket barometers that I'm familiar with, and which I have a small collection of, all open in the same manner. The rotating bezel, whilst being a close and tight fit, will come off if assisted with a sharp knife edge. Not levered off but raised a little at a time by sliding and pushing the...
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    French clock mainspring barrel stress crack repair

    More than adequate. Actually, probably twice as wide as it needs to be. But, good job !
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    French clock mainspring barrel stress crack repair

    I have done a couple of these. I turned up a brass ring that was a snug fit on the barrel and tapped it on. One was a carriage clock where the repair was visible through the side. When I showed the customer, and explained why it'd been necessary, he was more than happy. The idea of heating...
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    What Watch/Clock makers do in their spare time?

    I'm hoping that I'll finally have enough time to have a go at hammering up some chassis rails for a reproduction car that my son is making. Namely, a Type 59 Bugatti. Various engine parts have been cast, including the fixed head, twin cam, straight eight, engine block. All here...
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    Help What do you do with old "disposable" movements

    You could replace obviously failed bushes with roller bearings, but how do you know which not so obvious bushes will fail next ? Short of replacing every bush in the movement you'll never be sure if there's another one that looked ok, but was about to fail. Before finding out about plated pivots...
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    Help What do you do with old "disposable" movements

    Well, I'm confused, ( I know, it doesn't take much.....). I thought the problem with plated pivots was fixing the pivots, not the bushes, which are straight forward. I got caught with a few in the early days before the whole plated pivot saga raised its ugly head. Re-bushed, made the pivots look...
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    Tin of reamers and cutters found in a tool box drawer

    I have an engraver that has some bits very similar to some of these. That would be my best bet.
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    Analog versus digital, what next?

    It must do, as I'm always running out of it....
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    Worst Designed Movement?

    When I started receiving my pension, but for some bizarre reason decided to keep working, I thought I'd stop fixing clocks I didn't like . Top of the list were cuckoo's. Ghastly, cheap, bent wire, horological abominations. If, after a repair you have to remove the movement again, you can...
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    Any shorthand experts....?

    I didn't realise it was sideways, it's just the way it presented itself. The clock is now back together and on test so I'm loathe to pull it apart again just to expose a few more characters when we already have plenty to look at, without making sense of them anyway. However, if someone is able...
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    Any shorthand experts....?

    Thanks for the replies so far. I see this turning into a mystery akin to that one where a body was found with encrypted notes on it, and no-one, FBI, NSA, etc, have ever been able to decipher them. Not quite as important in my case though.... Ralph. PS. When I return this clock I'll question...

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