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arutha
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    As I said earlier it is worth noting the tools that Bob uses in his clock reapir course. It is pretty much a basic service on that wall clock and you will need most of the tools he uses. You can just start by stripping down the clock and then buying the tools as you need them but the problem with that is it can get frustrating when you cant go any further with the clock when you are waiting for tools.
    OK, a basic list of tools just to do a strip, clean and put back together;
    Good light source, if you can work by a window all the better, if not get some daylight bulbs in your desk lamps.
    A good place to work, a good desk is worth its weight in gold but a table top will do. One of those self healing work mats are great too.
    Screwdrivers, mostly flat bladed unless the movement is held in with crosshead type. Get a reasonable selection.
    Tweezers, you will be suprised how often you reach for them without even thinking about it.
    Pliers, standard type but I also have a set I have polished the inner jaws on and cut a slot in the middle of one jaw, these are great for pushing clock pins in and out, long nose type come in useful too and top cutting type for cutting clock pins. A selection of clock pins as some will get damaged when you pull them out.
    Mainspring let down tool, you can make one of these as Bob shows in his video.
    Some form of cleaning solution and some old tooth brushes or stiff bristled brushes.
    Pegwood or cocktail sticks for cleaning out pivot holes. A sharp craft knife for sharpening your pegwood.
    A pivot burnisher to polish the pivots and a block of hardwood clamped to the desk with a g-clamp or held in a vice.
    Clock oil
    A good eye glass, very very useful, 3x magnification will do for general clockwork.
    A good pair of leather gardening gloves and eye protection for taking out the mainspring.
    Something to lubricate the mainspring.
    Please bear in mind this list is just for a clean, if you need to do any bushing work you are then going to need;
    Small rat tail file, cutting broaches, pin vices to hold the cutting broaches, small anvil or something very hard to rest the plate on when you hammer the bush in, a good hammer, some form of oil sink cutter, pivot file (which if when you look at pivot burnishers this usualy comes on the other end) and a selection of brass clock bushes.
    These tools you will need for almost every single clock you work on so concentrate on getting these together first.
    I have probably missed some things but I am sure some of the other guys will notice and post them up here. There is a mountain of tools designed to make some jobs easier and you can pretty much spend as much as you like on tools but what I have listed above will get you through a service with some bushing replacement. I am a cheapskate , here in the UK we have “pound shops” where you can buy packs of needle files, small pairs of pliers and small scredriver sets for £1. Experience will tell you when you can get away with using cheap tools for certain jobs but with things like tweezers and eye glasses you would be well advised to get the best you can afford.
    Hope this helps but please watch Bobs video again, You will not find a better resource for learning to service your first clock.