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gerene
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Maybe I did not ask the right questions. New mainsprings for watches do come in a washer and one puts the washer over the barrel and pushes the mainspring in the barrel.
Is a similar method used for clock barrels or does one relaese the spring from the wire and use a mainspring winder to get the spring into the barrel?
I do have a mainspring winder which I constructed according to instructions from John Wilding. But it puzzles me how to attach the outer loop to the winder before untiing the wire. I hesitate to just cut the wire and have the spring release at once.
Attached is a picutre of my homemade mainspring winder without the arbor for attaching the mainspring inner coil.

Jan

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