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jdrichard last won the day on December 1 2019

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  1. No problem and stay safe Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  2. Also let me know if you need more advice. I wrote a lot more but it didn't seem to publish it. Made another video showing the gravers I use 4mm flat, 2mm flat, then 2 mm round to finish off the cone on the pivot end. Also remember to make the staff pivots a little long to size it properly once the basic pivot is finished and be for you stake on the roller table. Here is the video: Good luck Sent from my GT-N5110 using Tapatalk
  3. First of all, file you tool rest to get a smooth flat surface, else the pivot will match the pattern of your tool rest. Second, rough cut the first level that holds the staff and use the staff to ride up the shaft that you are making until you get twice it's width from the shoulder. I have made two youtube videos on how to make a balance staff. Hear is the latest one. Now the trick with the pivots is to use a stone to finish them off, and you need a bergeon jeweled ruler to measure until you get the right size. Then use a burnisher to finish off the pivot. Leave enough pivot to do final adjustment for size. I use a pivot lathe or a jacot tool with the lanterns to shorten the pivot. Do NOT shorten too much or you will need to start all over again. Finishing off the pivots takes the most time...and you need to be very deliberate and patient. I have had a few failures over the years, but have now figured this out. I use gravers that are carbide as well and very small. I start out with 6 mm triangular graver, the typical one, and then go to a flat 4mm mm tip and then a flat 2mm tip. The I use a 2mm rounded tip to get to cone shape on the pivot. Here is another video where I am fine tuning a balance staff pivot for an elgin. And I show the gravers I use. Sent from my GT-N5110 using Tapatalk
  4. I try not to be funny, but I am canadian so it's in the blood. Thanks. Sent from my GT-N5110 using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks Mark. I ended up taking off the rotor and taking a small steel rod and placing it where the screw goes, then carefully pushing down on the second hand. It worked but I like your technique way better. Big thanks. Now off to make another balance staff. Sent from my GT-N5110 using Tapatalk
  6. I would make a new staff using the old one for measuring. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  7. What is this technique?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  8. You can slow it down by adjusting the timing screws Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  9. Fighting corona virus self-isolation Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  10. Yes I am. Electrical. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  11. Love this watch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  12. The Spanish flu killed 50 Million People in 1918. That fact just floored me. I have been lucky to be able to continue to work as our company, aerospace defense, is considered to be an essential business. That said, we have deployed everyone to their homes to work; except manufacturing. Working from home with FaceTime, Google Duo and RDP or VPN is not really an issue. It’s the idea generation that is caused by random interaction with people. Also, I am a social animal, so not seeing people is hard for me; but I do have a very understanding wife. I have an HDML splitter for my iPhone and can push my FaceTime video to a 72” screen and have virtual coffee with my best friend and family members...kind of cool. I also purchased a desk tripod and a iPhone holder, knowing that we will be at this for months. Cleaned the crap out of my office and now can do work and watch repair in the same space. I also put a non-watch repair video of me playing Europa by Santana on YouTube. So everything is relative. working from home and self-isolating is not as bad as: 1) 55 days in a submarine without surfacing (a friend) 2) fighting in a tank in Afghanistan (son) 3) in the North Pole research facility 4) stranded on Gillians Island (humor) 5) lost at sea (many stories) 6) prison camp (WW1, WW2, Vietnam, etc. 7) sick from C19 ( this should be #1 ) All just my opinion. I did go shopping the other day and wanted to be safe...more humor. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  13. I have one of these:)And one of these. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  14. I need the link for that watch band, it looks great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  15. My Wifie also makes me walk and use my speed bag. They want us to look good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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