Help Super Glued clock hand

Tim S

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Hello, I recently picked up this wall clock at an estate sale (was told it was a Howard Miller). The minute hand is almost 5 minutes off when the chime goes off. I attempted to remove the hands and adjust it, but it looks like someone super glued the bushing and I'm afraid to break the hand if I force it. Cannot find any replacement hands like it in clockworks or timesavers. The minute hand is 4 inches long fro mirror1.jpg mirror2.jpg
m the mounting hole, appear to be white aluminum. Has anyone seen any like these anywhere I could order from ?
 

Tim S

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Perhaps I didn't say it right. I can get the hand off, but the bushing has been glued to the hand, and so cannot move the hand without the hand separating from the bushing
 

Tim S

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Perhaps I didn't say it right. I can get the hand off, but the bushing has been glued to the hand, and so cannot move the hand without the hand separating from the bushing
 

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If I understand that the bushing is super glued to the hand so you subsequently cannot turn the bushing to correct the 5 minute issue; then I recommend that you try using acetone to break the superglue bond between the bushing and the hand. Then correct the 5 minute issue and mechanically secure the bushing to the hand by peening the bushing.

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Do you mean you can’t get the nut off that is holding the hand on? Edit: I didn’t read your clarification. I see you can get the hand off.
 

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Good afternoon, Tim!

If you use acetone, you may find you'll need to repaint the hand.

Best regards!

The other Tim
 

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If you want to avoid acetone, you can use heat to break the bond. Create a heat trap to protect the paint of the minute hand, for example by winding a cord around the areas of the hand close to the bushing hand and wet it with water. Then take a hot soldering iron and touch the bushing with the tip of the soldering iron until you smell the super glue decomposing. It is quite an acrid smell. The heat will also help breaking any mechanical bond that may hold the bushing tight.

Good luck!

Uhralt
 

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For metal: Try acetone [jump mark to “How to remove super glue stains from your work area”], commonly found in nail polish remover. If that does not work, give your metal project a 30 minutes soak in a 2:1 mix of water and white vinegar. Now try to remove the residue with a rough cloth or fine sandpaper.
For wood: Try the nail polish remover trick again. Alternately, use coconut oil or olive oil. Once the glued area has detached, scrub the entire affected area with fine sandpaper.
For plastic: Lay a damp cloth over the glued area and secure it tightly. Alternately, soak the glue in vegetable oil or diluted vinegar. Let it sit for a few hours to allow the glue to moisten. Blot the glue with acetone or rubbing alcohol and let this substance break down the glue. Clear away with a damp cloth.
For fabric: Use acetone, but test sparingly first to avoid potential damage. Once the adhesive bond has begun to break, apply a pretreatment stain remover deep into the glue. Let it sit, then wash the fabric item at a warm temperature.
 

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