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  1. I got this Elgin clock with the floating balance and i love it. The problem I'm having is the balance is only rotating maybe 90° and the chime is muffled. I've tried adjusting it it seems like it needs more than an adjustment. And I'm unsure why the chime is so weak. I thought maybe it was because the hammers were resting on the rods but i bent them a little and that didn't work all that well. It chimed a bit louder but not that much. Any suggestions? Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  2. Yes, good idea! I fit have those materials yet. I've never soldered before so perhaps i should practice on something else beforehand. I believe i could just cut some of the hour pipe off then drill a hole in the minute pinion? Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  3. Yes the difference between the cheap Chinese stuff and a good set of tweezers and screwdrivers is night and day. My other tweezers i find the tips to big or bending apart when trying to grab something. I have these surgical grade German stainless steel tweezers that i just fell in love with the first time i used them. Same with my screwdrivers. Tips bend easily, though never had the tips fall out. I have had them bend completely sideways on me once, ave not because i was pushing too hard. Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  4. Crap... I was afraid of that. Is it possible to replace it? Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  5. First off thank you all for the quick responses and feedback. So looking at the minute pinion it doesn't look like you can tell at the end. It doesn't look like it takes a nut but i also can't see a clear sign at all. Here's dive pictures see if you can make heads or tails of it. Waiting for more cleaning fluid and alcohol for rinsing in the mean time. Is there a certain set of hands i need to get or just any for 5" dial will do? Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  6. So I recently got this wall clock for next to nothing... Of course there's a reason. It's all sorts of gunked up but it's also missing the minutes hand. I'm planning on getting a new set to my liking but i cannot tell how the minute hand is supposed to stay on. Out doesn't look like a nut screws on the end and i don't see a hole for a taper pin. Is it possible it's that gunked up that the hole is covered by dirt? Not sure if the pictures clear anything up. I don't believe it's missing any pieces to my knowledge. Just an American movement that doesn't have a strike train. And a thought just occurred... Is it possible for me to add a strike train if I wish later? Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  7. Wow... Breathtaking. That site is really neat too with all the clock case plans there are. What a talent. Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  8. My that's an interesting clock. Looks like an alarm clock with a sub seconds hand as well. The case is simply stunning though. Love that castle. Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
  9. Ok, I have no idea what's wrong now. It doesn't want to stay running. I've tried many different things and now I've used 2 springs now. Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
  10. So after a couple hours tinkering trying to find the right length for the spring, getting it to run for a minute or two then stopping and looking at it again I think I finally realized something. The top part that the the head of the spring fits into is supposed to run parallel with the pallet so it can easily fit into the space and onto the verge isn't it? Because it caused me headache and heartache when my first spring bent and crapped out on me. Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
  11. Ok gents, I've got the suspension springs. If someone would happen to have the measurements needed because I've been waiting to see this clock going! Thanks for your most valuable help. I've included pics of the old spring and the new one, along with measurements of each. I believe this is correct the round end is the head and the rectangular is the bottom. The previous owner had them reversed. Any help is appreciated thanks! Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
  12. Ahhh... I was hoping it was just the suspension spring, but I figured it was a bushing it needs. How can I go about this by hand? Are there hand reamers? Also I was looking at getting a rotary tool then a drill press to do bushings with if that's a possibility? Also I'd be able to polish with the rotary tool and other stuff. It's like an all in one. As I don't have the funds for a bushing system this seemed like a lower cost alternative that I could do more with as well. Is that a viable option? Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
  13. So, I bought this used Seth Thomas 1/4 hour strike mantle clock some time ago. It was a little fussy at first but it's been running fine until I moved a bit ago and now it's been fussy again. I of course moved it safely, taking out the pendulum and such. Well it seems to want to stop and always at like X:57 ish when it strikes the hour. Is that a strike train issue? Or the motion works? I cleaned it when I got it because it wouldn't run at all but that wasn't that long ago. I cannot repair bushings yet as I don't have the necessary tools or bushings, but is there something I can do? Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
  14. Ok then that settles that. Yeah I thought I saw it titled Horolovar 400 day clock repair so it stands to reason that it's probably the most informative. I was also looking on one of my favorite sites on the net: clockworks.com I'm not sure if you're familiar with it but it has a wonderful clock repair kit with a comprehensive e-book with a repair guide for cuckoo clocks, anniversary clocks, spring driven and weight driven clock repair. Also with that you get an oiler with oil, cleaning solution, visor, level, brass brush, hand/gear puller and a mainspring letdown key all for $69. Seems like a great deal for all that and I'm fairly certain is not all Chinese crap either. I need to get a staking set and anvil, a better hammer, decent screwdrivers, (also unsure as to what the best ones for clock repair are) bushings and the necessary tools to do that work, all at a smaller price point. I don't have the funds to shell out atm for everything I want. Also I'm only in the hobby phase for now. I am, more and more coming to truly enjoy working on clocks and watches and am considering doing this for a source of income. When you can turn a hobby into a job it's a win-win. Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
  15. Ok so what is the difference between Rabuska's book and Terwillger's? Are the same thing or does one have pictures that the other doesn't? Thanks again! Sent from my Z956 using Tapatalk
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