hex nut for faceplate on regula cuckoo one day movement

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  1. Clockrepairforfun

    Clockrepairforfun Registered User
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    I'm at work and I wanted to order a hex nut that managed to escape from my desk. Anyone know the size I need?

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    ebay has brass, steel, or stainless assortment packs in inches or metric. Home Cheapo or Lowes sell small nuts. or your local hardware store.
     
  3. Clockrepairforfun

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    Yeah I went to Lowes. I couldn't find one that fit (I bought their smallest ones). Do you know if the Regula company made them in metric or inch?

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    #4 bangster, Mar 10, 2017
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    Show us a picture of the movement and the remaining nuts. Maybe one of us can help you.
     
  5. dad1891

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    Lowes and Home Depot only sell common sizes. I would look at an Ace Hardware or possibly True Value if there is one in Kent. You can get any nut currently made in any material currently made at McMaster Carr, but you will have to buy 100 and pay shipping.
     
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    Could try Shutterbug' clever trick with the cloth covering the end of the shop vac to capture the old nut. maybe you'll get lucky & suck it up
     
  7. Clockrepairforfun

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    Ha! Funny. I remember seeing a comic that showed a watch repairer under his desk. I thought, "Silly." Last night I laughed as I was doing that exact thing.
     
  8. Tinker Dwight

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    Clock makers seem to use a lot of odball threads.
    The cuckoo clocks use metric but they may not be standard sizes
    you'll find in the hardware store.
    I'm still looking for a M3.5x?? ( forget the pitch ).
    How many times have you seen a 3.5mm screw I ask you.
    There is a small company in San Jose, Ca called Mister Metric.
    They have helped me in the past but they do have a minimum order.
    If one has a thread cutting lathe and the time to deal with it,
    they should be able to create what ever is needed ( just time spent ).
    One should always be prepared to measure threads. Measuring a
    short male thread is always harder than doing a nut ( with the proper technique ).
    One finds or makes a piece of wood dowel that force fits the thread.
    You use the nut to cut grooves into the dowel. It will, with useable
    accuracy, replicate the threads over a long enough distance to count and measure
    thread per inch or thread per mm.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  9. Chris D

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    I regularly 'vacuum' my carpet around my bench with a strong magnet. I don't know the size of the Regula nuts but I have a few hundred of them. PM your name and address and I'll mail you some.
     
  10. MARK A. BUTTERWORTH

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    Magnets don't work on brass.
     
  11. roughbarked

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    ;) funny that. But a strong vacuum cleaner would still get them.
     
  12. Tinker Dwight

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    I like to work on a surface material used for billiard tables.
    The old material removed from old tables that have been properly
    maintained are best. These have been vacuumed a lot and relatively
    lint free.
    Parts don't bounce and don't end up on the floor as often.
    Tinker Dwight
     
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    THAT makes a lot of sense. Other benefits that you didn't mention is that the green color would be easy on the eyes and small parts would show up well. Now.........where in the heck do I find it?
     
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    Most any billiard hall will replace the surfaces every year or so. Just see if you can
    get some before it is sent to the trash. If you want new stuff, any billiard supply
    house has some. Let your fingers do the walking with your favorite search engine.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  15. Chris D

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    That could be taken the wrong way. I'll assume you were just mentioning that 'in case' anyone didn't already know that.
     
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    #16 dAz57, Mar 13, 2017
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    Why?, There are people out there who don't know magnets only work on ferrous metals, I had one of them tried to get me to use a "gold" magnet while I was an apprentice, apparently he fell for that when he was an apprentice, the gold magnet was any handy lump of metal that was available.


    Anyhoo Regula have been using 3mm x 0.5pitch metric steel nuts on their movements like the 25 and 34 since the 70s, so a magnet will work in this case.
     
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    I have been using a rubber work mat from HobbyKing, two sizes​, large 640mm X 400mm, small 395mm X 250mm, brands are trackstar and multistar, just do a search for work mat or rubber work mat
    https://hobbyking.com/en_us

    They have a large area in the middle and compartmented areas in the sides and back, those little bits won't roll away and disappear, they are cheap and easy to keep clean, great for clocks.
     
  18. Clockrepairforfun

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    Thanks guys. I ended up ordering an assortment package from Clock Works. I had gone to both Lowe's and Home Depot. They didn't carry anything that small. I'll keep you posted.

    And great idea on the felt.

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    I use the small bubble wrap that is often in packages I receive with parts or clocks. With the little bubbles on the up side little parts fall into the grooves between the bubbles and go nowhere.

     
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