Kundo clockface removal

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  1. Billingd

    Billingd Registered User

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    Hi
    My first post on this forum. I wonder if you can help me ? I have recently bought an old Kundo anniversary clock and would like to oil the front pivot holes behind the clock face. I cant work out how to remove the face. Maybe it doesn't remove ? I have attached an image of what looks like a brass fastener inside the clock which holds the face on. Its highlighted in the red circle. It looks like it should just twist 90 degrees and then allow exit through the brass plate. But they all seem stubbornly rigid. And there are 3 of them around the face.
    Just wondering if anyone has been here before on this type of clock and has any advice?
    Tried oiling the pivots inside the clock, but can't reach some of them.

    Thanks


    David
     
  2. KurtinSA

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    Welcome to the message board! I've worked on several clocks with this type of fastener. You are correct that small block needs to turn 90 degrees...I believe it will turn either direction. Some of them are oriented to allow you to come in parallel to the long faces of the block...better leverage that way. Work on the ones that afford better access. If you can get one or two of them undone, that might help with the stubborn last one will poor access...at least the dial will move/flex a bit maybe relieving some tension.

    If you were headed for a complete teardown, I would probably just disassemble the clock with the dial in place...I don't think there's anything captive on the back plate. Once you get the plate off and the internal motion works, you have plenty of room to get at those dial fasteners.

    Kurt
     
  3. Billingd

    Billingd Registered User

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    Hi Kurt
    Many thanks for confirming. I've been trying to use a small pair of long nose pliers but keeping a grip on these small brass blocks is proving challenging. Any suggestions for a more suitable tool in your experience?
    Thanks again

    David
     
  4. Burkhard Rasch

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    get hold of a surgical needle holder,they´re strong and hold firmly,and they´re small enough to fit between the plates and the wheels.They come in different sizes.
    Burkhard
     
  5. Billingd

    Billingd Registered User

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    That's great. Thank you I will try the surgical needle holders
     
  6. KurtinSA

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    I was going to suggest a needle nose pliers where the nose is bent 90 degrees. My only concern would be the serrations in the pliers and what it might do to the brass. Try to find something that mar it.

    Here's a thought...can you find a small open-end wrench that will fit...maybe you can use a caliper to measure across the thin dimension. Then put that wrench on the dial fitting, then use your needle nose on the wrench. That keeps the serrations off of the brass.

    Kurt
     
  7. sjaffe

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    I think you will get better results using a small open end wrench.

    Stan
     
  8. Billingd

    Billingd Registered User

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    Great ideas! Thanks for your helpful advice. I'm away from home for a few days but will try these out when I get back
    Many thanks

    David
     
  9. Ally

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    Hi. The best way IS a small good quality wrench on the hexagon rather than the locking bar. Works every time.
    Good luck
    Ally
     
  10. marylander

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    David, I normally let down the main spring and take the back plate and the wheels off to remove the dial in this situation. It may be time saving to do so if you do not have a tool to turn the dial lock.
    Ming
     
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