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  1. Thanks guys Stuart I actually have a staking set, really didn't think of that. Not really sure how it would help can't picture the setup. I am thinking put the pin in a stump with a tiny hole but I'm sure there would be no room to clear the boot. If you of someone else can expand on the staking set idea, I'm all ears. Thank you, Tom
  2. Hi I'm in the part of the learning curve where just about every watch I touch ends up broken. So far this is not such an enjoyable hobby. Upon stripping and cleaning and old Gerrard Perreaugx I bent the regulator pin and of course when I tried to straighten it it snapped. Instead of just creating another parts watch I thought I would give it a go, pretty sure it will end up in the scrap pile. I found an assortment of hairspring collet pins on e bay I'm hoping to adapt one, they have many tapperd pins for clocks that would be my second choice but I have no way to turn them down. If I'm able to get one of these to work any suggestions on how to hold it while peen the top over ? I see that as quite a challenge without bending the new pin. As a side note, to clean the top balance jewel the hairspring needs to come off and un screw the regulator from the bottom. This is how I got in trouble. Do you guys go through all that work just for that one jewel cap routinely or just skip that one ? Thanks for any advice Tom
  3. Hi I'm looking to buy one. Do those cheap blue ones on Ebay work or is my money better spent on the old style coil that you put the watch into ? Thanks for any advice, Tom
  4. Mike I feel your pain, I am also new to this and very susceptible to mangling hairsprings. Last week I mangled one upon assembly and spent two days working on that spring trying to straighten it out. It was looking pretty good and that's when it flew out of my tweezers and over my shoulder never to be seen again. I wanted to throw all my tools in the garbage . And start a simpler hobby. Keep your chin up, Tom
  5. OK thanks guys I might try to make a pulley as was suggested, I really don't want to fool with a borderline tool and wreck the staff. I guess I'll keep my eyes open for the other style that seems a safer bet. Thanks, Tom
  6. The pic Stuart references is the exact tool I have. It is not missing parts, the more common ones with the pulley have an extra shaft. Very similar tool but not the same. The only thing I can figure is as Stuart suggested, wrap the string around the balance shaft. I'm guessing that's the real good way to bend and snap off pivots. Maybe that's why the other style is more common. Thanks for the thoughts, Tom
  7. Thanks but this is not the same tool. I have seen several on e bay of this exact tool, I figure someone must be using it. I do not believe any parts are missing. Thanks, Tom
  8. I think I have it now. The cropping worked thanks, Tom
  9. I'm guessing no chance, I tried to upload several times I keep getting" -200 upload failed"
  10. Hi I got my hands on an old jacot tool and want to learn about cleaning pivots. Most all jacot tools on the net and u tube have a pulley and string to drive it pretty self explanatory. The one I have on one side is the slots to rest a pivot on the opposite a bar that comes out with flat sides and a point not in the center but off center on the top of the bar. Looking around e bay and pictures on the net I don't have the only one they seem to be much less common but they are out there. My problem is I can't figure out the setup. Could someone show me how the balance would be mounted and spun, or point me in the right direction ? I have looked around quite a bit before asking and just can't find any info on it. Thank you, Tom
  11. Pivots look straight by eye and shine ĺike they are polished. Thanks, Tom
  12. Hi I stripped and cleaned a Helvetia watch and it actually runs. This is a good day for me, most of my projects go from bad to worse. I hooked it up to my new timing machine and found a mess, pretty much dots all over. When the regulater is in the middle it runs about -325 s/day. If I push it all the way over to where the hair spring stud is the pattern will clean up and it will run at a reasonable rate. This is the position it was in when I got this watch, but I'm thinking it's not right. The dial up amplitude is 265, dial down is 150. I took out the balance wheel and studied the pivots, they do not look bent but I really can't be sure visually is all I have to go by. I closely examined the upper and lower jewels and they look fine, again just with a magnifier I don't have a microscope. Hairspring looks fine no bends not rubbing. Could these to problems be related and I'm not seeing the bigger picture ? Thanks for any advice, Tom
  13. OK thanks guys.. Sounds like either way is OK as long as I'm careful. Thanks, Tom
  14. Hi I am still new to this so please excuse my basic questions. I have seen two different ways to remove a balance, I have tried both and one got me in trouble and I fear the second way. First way I have seen and done is to remove the cock let the balance hang and just pull it out. . In my experience the balance got temporarily hung up and shot out creating havoc with the balance spring, wich gave me plenty of practice untangling balance springs. The second way I have seen it to grab the balance and the cock as one unit in the tweezers and remove. My fear of this and it may be unfounded is it would seem like a very easy way to bend the top pivot squeezing the balance and cock together on one side. Please advise the generally accepted practice. Thank you, Tom
  15. Thanks for sharing that, it helps us newbies learn.