hairspring reference

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  1. David M.

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    Is anyone aware of a good reference for helping with problems related to hairsprings in shelf/mantle clocks. I always tend to do more harm than good with just seemingly simple adjustments to hairsprings.

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    David
     
  2. David M.

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    Is anyone aware of a good reference for helping with problems related to hairsprings in shelf/mantle clocks. I always tend to do more harm than good with just seemingly simple adjustments to hairsprings.

    Thanks
    David
     
  3. gary G

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    Hello David:
    I am interested in this topic. Most of the books I have read including Practical watch repair (Decarle), Watch Repairers manual(Henry B Fried), who mentions hairsprings are the biggest discouragement in learning watch repair.

    They briefly cover the subject in my opinion. stating that it requires a lot of practice. As far as salvaging a damaged hairspring comments are to replace it. I would be very interested in a book or articles on this subject. I agree practice is the best way to learn but I am sure someone has written specifically on this subject.

    I have just started to look at the watch message board. I find it interesting there is not a board for watch repair. Like the board specifically for clock repair.

    regards,
    gary G
     
  4. Jerry Treiman

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    One reference which is fairly easily available with a lot on hairspringing is Bench Practices for Watch and CLock Makers.

    There are several 1970's era reprints on Hairspringing and Timing manipulations.

    Freid devotes a lot to untangling of hairspringing.

    Some of the schools made their students spend a lot of time in this and one watchmake I know told me a guy in his shop can untangle anything in about a minute.

    I recently got into tangle hairspring trouble and gave it to a pro.

    Bottom line you need to read and practice. Freid gives a lot of pointers but it is mostly coaching. Reading up on this subject to get out of trouble is probably not going to work. reading about it to learn as part of developing skills and having time to damage and restore hairsprings will work and probably pay. If you are willing to do this you will be able to salvage valuable time and items.

    In my case I did not have the time to learn and by the time I had the hang of it I would have ruined a part for a very fine watch.

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  6. David M.

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    :) Thanks to all of you for your comments.

    David M.
     
  7. gary G

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    Dr Jon:
    I read mention of the (Bench Practice) by Fried having information on untangling hairsprings. I have ordered the book. I am sure this subject has been discussed in depth at some point on this board. Since the Archive is very recent. It leaves few options of re-discussing the same issues.

    I appreciate your input. It does appear hairspring work is quite challenging. I have found another interesting little book. It is called Modern Methods In Horology by Grant Hood. The copyright is 1949. It has a lot of good information on hairspring adjusting, replacing, and many other educational items in regard to watches.

    Best,
    Gary G
     

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