Replacing The Barrel Cover

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    david pierce
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    After bending a mainspring barrel cover and ruining it I found a better way. I now use an inexpensive watch case press that I purchased from Harbor Freight (item# 91621) for about $15.00. It came with a set of nylon dies including two flat dies. After placing the body of the barrel on the lower die and carefully lining the cover up in the correct position, I can just snap the two parts together. It does a perfect job and does not distort the cover.
    David

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    randy
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    That’s good to hear David.
    I’ve just replaced them by putting it upside down on my round steel staking block, putting the protruding arbor into a close fitting hole. Then I press down gently and snap the top on. Nice flat and hard surface for it to align with….everyone has a trick or two for these !

    Best regards,

    Randy

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