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    showaddywaddy
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    hi when taking apart a full plate watch do i remove the balance first or take it off with the plate

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    Bob Tascione
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    Hi Showaddywaddy,
    If I’m going to be doing an overhaul ie: cleaning etc. I always remove the balance assembly immediately and get it in a safe place.
    Hope this helps,
    Bob

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    showaddywaddy
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    thanks bob your a gentle man, bob if you could make some pocket watch pivot locater’s they would sell well i will be the first to buy some if you make them Noel

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    david pierce
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    And a scholar.

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    tmac1956
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    and a psychologist ;)

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    willofiam
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    The friendly supportive fatherly type

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    Bob Tascione
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    😳
    Thanks guys!!
    Bob

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    arutha
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    If the pivots and pivot holes are in good condition the pivots almost go in by themselves when re-fitting the top plate but if they don’t a very fine pair of tweezers help a lot.
    When I started in horology I was so frustrated by the lack of help, most horologists are a mean miserable bunch, well most of the ones I have come across, Bob Tascione is one of the few great horologists that will unselfishly give up his time to help out on advice and get you through a problem, so here is another vote to say – “That Bob Tascione, what a guy” :)
    Paul.

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    showaddywaddy
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    your right Paul a very helpfully and knowledgeable person i have learnt a lot without bob i wouldn’t be able to do anything with my watches its good to be able to ask a question and have it answered in a professional way thanks bob noel

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    catskillpainter
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    @Arutha wrote:

    When I started in horology I was so frustrated by the lack of help, most horologists are a mean miserable bunch, well most of the ones I have come across
    Paul.

    😆 Ain’t that the truth ? At least it can seem that way. I love to read the NAWCC boards just for the epic flame-outs. Artists are just as bad – they’re not all left handed, but their compliments are :D

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    david pierce
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    Cat,
    Have you ever considered putting your artist skils to task and take up metal hand engraving?
    david

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    catskillpainter
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    @david pierce wrote:

    Cat,
    Have you ever considered putting your artist skils to task and take up metal hand engraving?
    david

    Honestly, I haven’t, but it’s an interesting idea. My artwork is a little different. If you’d like to see it, take a look at catskillpainter.com ( sorry for the shameless plug ) . I’m not sure how well it would translate, but I have been refinishing, re-inventing, and repainting clock cases. I’ve also been designing clock dials that I can print. I do a bit of wood carving also ( mostly basic stuff for my cuckoo clocks ).

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