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Instructions for Replacing Quartz Movements

How to install a Quartz Clock Movement

So you have already purchased your movement and are ready to install the unit. Great! This section of instructions is for the installation of a Quartz Clock Movement using I-shaft style hands. This is not installing a pendulum unit. We are basing these instructions on a basic install of one of our movements, hands, and hardware packs. Please keep in mind that different kits come with different hardware packs and may or may not contain the hands or some of the pieces of hardware. If you do not have some of the items you will want to check your item description to see if that kit contains the pieces you are missing. Be very careful to retain all pieces when opening the hardware kit. Hardware packs come from the manufacturer with each unit and we do not carry spare hardware items. We supply each movement with a white instruction sheet that shows what each piece looks like and in what order to assemble the unit. The instructions below show this in a different manner using pictures (not illustrations) of someone assembling a movement in the clock.

Step 1

After you have carefully removed the old movement we can begin the process of installing the new unit. Start by removing the movement, hands, hardware kit, and instructions from the box.

Step 2

If your unit comes with the silver metal hanger and your clock requires the use of a hanger this is the time to place it on the front of the movement. The clock we are using for our photos does not require the hanger as the hanger is made into the clock. Note: Some of the units has a triangular hole in the back of the movement for hanging the clock instead of the silver hanger. This is determined by the brand and model you purchased. Below is an example of a unit that has the hanger built into the movement.

Step 3

Place the large black rubber washer from the hardware packet on the shaft of the movement. If the stem of your movement is too long for your clock you can add extra washers here to shorten the amount of the stem that protrudes through the clock. These extra washers can be purchased at most hardware stores or can be cut out of cardboard using the enclosed washer as a pattern.

Step 4

Place the movement stem through the face of your clock. Not all clocks will have a hole that the movement fits into like our example clock. But the clock should have a hole the stem fits through. Some people like to use double sided tape to adhere the unit to the back of the clock. If the next step is done properly this is not needed with this type movement. Note: If you are making the clock you need to insure that the hole for the movements stem is slightly larger than the stem to insure the movement doesn't rub or bind. Most units the stem is 5/16" with the exception of movements using a "c" cell battery.

Step 4

Carefully turn clock over.

Step 5

Place the flat brass washer from the hardware pack over the stem of the movement.

Step 6

Now place the six sided brass nut from the hardware packet on the stem of the movement. DO NOT over tighten this nut. It should be gently finger tightened enough to hold the movement solidly in place to the clock. But this should not be tightened to the point it is digging into the face of the clock or require any tools used to tighten.

Step 7

You are now ready to place the hands on the clock stem. Before doing so please note a few of important things. First the hands you choose to use may different in design style than the ones we are using in the picture. But if you are using an I-shaft type movement the holes in your hands will match the ones in the picture. Second the hour hand is the shorter hand. Third and sometimes most misunderstood is that the slit in the side of the hour hand is NOT a damaged hand. But is there to allow the hand to adjust to small differences in the diameter of of the shaft due to different brands. And finally you will notice that the minute hands hole is not round. It is somewhat oval to match the end of the stem.

Step 8

Place the hour hand on the movement shaft. Gently pressing it down the shaft til it is snug and secure. The hand should hold it's self in place.

Step 9

Now you need to install the minute hand. This hand needs to be lined up so that the rounded parts of the hole are lined up with the rounded parts of the shaft. Then simply gently turn the hand to thread it on the shaft. The hand will not be stable. It will need to have the hand nut threaded on the shaft to secure the hand in place. This is where you will need to make a decision. If you are not using a second hand (or sweep hand) you can use a cap nut to secure the hand. The cap hand gives the movement a nice finished look. Not all kits come with a cap nut, those kits need to use the hand nut no matter if you are using a second hand or not. So we will show you both ways.

If you are going to use the cap nut, simply thread it on the shaft on top of the minute hand. The cap nut is shown below. The first photo is the front view of the cap nut and the second photo is showing the threaded inside of the cap nut.

If you are using the hand nut thread it directly on the shaft over the minute hand. Finger tighten the hand nut. This unit can be left this way or allow you to add the second hand.

Step 10

To add the second hand (sweep hand) to the movement simply gently insert the tubular stem of the second hand over the small pin in the center of the movement stem.

Step 11

Simply turn the clock over and use the small dial on the back to set the time.

Add the "AA" battery to the movement.

If your unit has a red "ON / OFF" switch it to on.

Your all done!
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