This 400 Day Repair Kit has the basic items required to clean a 400 day movement with dis assembly. This kit is for the person who would like to do a simple clock cleaning with out having to learn an intense amount of clock repair information or Horology.
The goal to cleaning a clock movement is to remove old oil that has solidified and put new oil in its place. Solidified clock oil creates wear to the movements outer plates and eventually causes to much friction for the clock to run.
With a good cleaning of the anniversary 400 day clock with this 400 Day Repair Kit and a new suspension spring, there ready to run for years to come.
The success of this E-Book is from the simplicity in the answers and the ease of use. This will make it very easy for the clock owner to solve simple problems that may arise when there is an issue with the clock.
The topics you see below are the actual topics that are presented on the cover page of the E-Book. Please review them and see if this E-Book will help you. You will find this very helpful in solving many different clock repair issues and questions on cleaning and oiling a movement.
12 of the most frequently used sizes. This is what got bent out of shape when the clock was moved, they always do unless a person knows about them. If you have a non-running 400 day clock, there is an 80% chance that this is the problem. The other 20% would be a cleaning of the pivots. Pivots are the skinny ends of the arbors that the gears are attached to. The pivots are what insert into the clock plates. When the old oil dries up, it turns to goo and it must be cleaned off. Suspension springs are the long, flat wires on the back of the clock, that let the balls rotate in the air. The balls are hooked onto a bottom block and the bottom block is connected to this type of spring. The springs are really just thin flat steel strips. What matters the most is the thickness of this spring. The thickness is what makes the balls rotate fast or slow. This package contains the most frequently needed sizes and the length is long enough to cut down to any size needed.
This tool is needed to clean a 400 day clock. To clean a 400 day clock, it must be disassembled to access the pivots and pivot holes (Pivots were described above). Before taking this clock apart, a person MUST let down the power of the mainspring. The mainspring is the big flat steel ribbon that is wound with the key. You cannot see the mainspring because it is inside of a container called a barrel. This mainspring packs a punch, it wants to unwind fast. This spring is very long in a 400 day clock, and that is why the clock runs for so long with only one wind. Therefore it can destroy the rest of the clock and possibly harm the repairer unless this tool is used. This tool is used to let the mainspring unwind in a slow and controlled manner. This is really a ring clamp but it works very well for this purpose.
A special wood used in clock and watch repair. After letting the power out of the mainspring and disassembling the clock movement, the pivots are cleaned with this wood. Just insert the pivot into the end of the pithwood and turn it a bit to clean. As explained earlier, the pivots are the skinny end of the arbor. These pivots must be clean of old oil that has turned into goo over the years. The holes that they ride in are called pivot holes and are cleaned by the next item.
Used to clean pivot holes. Pivots and pivot holes were described earlier. The old oil that has turned to goo over the years must be cleaned from the clock. This old oil does the direct opposite of what new oil is supposed to do. Just a Small amount of dried up oil can stop the clock. This orange wood is used by sharpening the point like a pencil and rotating the wood in the pivot hole to clean it out.
Used to pull gears or hands off clocks in a straight and safe fashion. With 400 day clocks in particular, the hour hand sometimes is difficult to get off. Doing it by hand could increase the hour hand holes diameter and the hand will not fit back on correctly because it would be touching the dial. Using this simple tool prevents this from happening.
Taper pins have many uses in clock repair. This is an assortment of brass and steel pins with various diameters. With 400 day clocks, they are often used on the pillars of the clock to hold the plates together. If you loose one, here you have an assortment of them even though these are hard to find.
The level is needed to be sure the clock stays in beat from one place to another. Learn to set the clock in beat by the directions in the E-book, making sure the clock is level when it is being done. Then keep a level with the clock and where ever the clock goes, as long as its level, it will be in beat. By being in beat, it means to have an even tick-tock-tick-tock rather than ticktock---ticktock---ticktock. Often many repairs ONLY need to be set in beat to work - however a cleaning is usually suggested anyhow. The oiler is full of oil and are the size of a fat pen. A Small amount of oil gets applied to anything that has friction after the old oil is cleaned off. This is enough clock oil to do many clock movements. Included with this kit is one of each, an oiler and a level. This is enough oil to do many clock movements.
Magnifier can be worn over glasses. This fits over the head and will be the most convenient magnification for inspecting important components of the clock movement and parts. This quality tool is made here in USA and is a must for this type of work. This flips up over the head when there is an interruption in your work and has 2 1/2 magnification.