NOTES FROM THE BENCH
Clock Repair Archive - - Dial Removal:
Many of the modern triple chime / westminster chime wall clocks available today
that use popular european mechanisms have the mechanism mounted to the dial with
threaded studs that are fastened to the wooden dial back by screws from the
front , hidden behind the dial face. This in itself is not a problem if the dial
face comes off easily .However this is not usually the case. Often the dial faces
are glued on and will be destroyed or disfigured in the attempt to remove them.
In most cases the dial face does not have to be removed. First ; LET THE MAINSPRINGS DOWN.
Then loosen the movement mounting studs attached to the threaded posts on the back of
the mechanism. Do not take them all the way off ; but allow enough slack for the movement
post to be turned freely. Now , simply unscrew the movement posts from the studs mounted
to the back of the dial. The bolt in the middle of the mechanism will hold the mechanism
together while the posts are being turned.Take care to make sure the posts that are mounted
to the dial don't move while you are loosening the movement posts; they are attached under
the dial face and may be impossible to tighten up if they come loose.
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