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Back during spring cleaning I came across a small clock that has been forgotten about for years. One of those 1,001 things lined up for fixing. When I took the mini-movement out, however, I broke the old and brittle plastic holder the movement snaps into from the back.
Anybody know where to get this clip thingy? This is for the next time I might need one as my BetterHalf decided she no longer likes the clock and I gave it to Goodwill.

Yes I Googled the snot out of it, but no joy. I even emailed a couple of places that Iíve bought parts from before: no response (good way to treat a repeat customer, peopleÖ) And I emailed places Iíve never dealt with before. Same no-responseÖ
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Back during spring cleaning I came across a small clock that has been forgotten about for years. One of those 1,001 things lined up for fixing. When I took the mini-movement out, however, I broke the old and brittle plastic holder the movement snaps into from the back.
Anybody know where to get this clip thingy? This is for the next time I might need one as my BetterHalf decided she no longer likes the clock and I gave it to Goodwill.

Yes I Googled the snot out of it, but no joy. I even emailed a couple of places that Iíve bought parts from before: no response (good way to treat a repeat customer, peopleÖ) And I emailed places Iíve never dealt with before. Same no-responseÖ
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Would need more info to even guess. A picture and the make and model of the clock would help. Still it sounds like something that could be jury rigged.
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Would need more info to even guess. A picture and the make and model of the clock would help. Still it sounds like something that could be jury rigged.
Itís not really a make or model type of thing as Iíve seen similar clips in various clocks of mine Iíve fixed over the years. This one is just the first Iíve broken.

As mentioned I gave the clock to Goodwill so I canít take a photo of it. I did make a crude side view sketch, though, that hopefully makes sense.

The clip thing holds the movement in place so there is no need for the typical retaining nut on the end of the shaft. The clocks Iíve seen either use the nut to hold the movement in place, or a clip to do the same. Iíve never removed a clip but I assume itís just glued in place.
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I would forget the clip and put a dab of silicone adhesive
on each corner to hold the clock movement in place.
call that one done ~ and move on to your other projects in line.

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I would forget the clip and put a dab of silicone adhesive
on each corner to hold the clock movement in place.
call that one done ~ and move on to your other projects in line.
Wow... I love it! So simple. And I do have a lot of projects lined up to get to, too, LOL.


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I just repaired a fancy, expensive Howard Miller clock for Spouse. It is a cheaply made large clock with an antique-look design for which the store charged a lot of money. (It consists of a round piece of fiberboard with two metal battens on the back for stiffness and a photo of a rusty old clock glued to its face. It has three cheap Chinese clock mechanisms for hour/minute hands, a small second hand, and a small hour-only hand.)

Two of the three plastic clock mechanisms were attached with double-stick tape on two sides. That's all, just the tape. The replacement clock mechanisms from Howard Miller included replacement tape, too.

Why use glue when tape makes it easy to replace a defective clock mechanism in the future?
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I was going to suggest getting a friend with 3D printer to make a replacement, but now would do as suggested and use silicone or duct tape to hold.
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