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German movement: broken click spring replacement?

Douglas Ballard

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With my very nimble fingers, while try to adjust this flat click spring, it broke. I think I already know the answer but would it be possible to solder it, with the broken part and the remaining part, overlapped? If not, any suggestions for fixing this? I don't think I have any material on hand to make another one. Thanks. 20211129_174005.jpg 20211129_174021.jpg
 

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With my very nimble fingers, while try to adjust this flat click spring, it broke. I think I already know the answer but would it be possible to solder it, with the broken part and the remaining part, overlapped? If not, any suggestions for fixing this? I don't think I have any material on hand to make another one. Thanks. View attachment 683148 View attachment 683149
I have used a thick piece of mainspring and grind it or file it from that. Or if you have a piece of steel that thick that is not springy enough, make it and then temper it so it is springy.
 
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Douglas Ballard

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Thanks Will. I do have main spring stock. I have never tried this before but will give it a try.
 

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Those springs are thick and not very springy. You can use mild steel of the right thickness. Main springs are good too but much harder to attach. Mild steel can be slightly riveted on the back side, like the original.
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Douglas Ballard

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Thanks, Willie. Any chance some of the clock supply houses might carry something that would work? I'm searching . . .
 

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I've made several from the laminated metal found in old transformers. I used it only because it was exactly the right thickness. Willie
 

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Thanks, Will. Got it ordered. It does look like the best solution.
 

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