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What is a dremel? Is it a tool or what? What would it be used for in the craft area?

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Dremel is a multi tool (they do other tools also) can be used for cutting, grinding, sanding and stripping. The main unit comes with a charger and a few tools but other kits can be bought seperate depending what you want to use it for.

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Time not correct

Any kind of watch... with shaft driven hands... the hands are falling off... and need to be re-applied.

This is a service best performed by a watch maker.

From the information provided I am confident we are NOT talking anything but a digital display... and the ideal trouble here is a tired battery... needing a simple BATTERY replacement.

Again... for the safety of your case finish... peace of mind and speed: This is a service best performed by a watch maker.

More likely your watch seals have allowed some moisture inside and this is the early signs of corrosion... which CAN BE checked by a SERIOUS watch repair person... typically resulting in a "motor" replacement. This is no longer a BEST... this is a MUST be performed by a REAL watch repair person.

If stopped early enough... you can have a talented watch person clean and service the watch... replace the seals... freshen the battery.

(and sometimes re-certify the water-resistance)... you COULD be good for another decade or so...

But serious WATCHMAKERS are getting scarce... and when I took a beautiful antique 18k yellow Omega ring watch... I had just polished to a local watch repair... and he put a HUGE gouge in the finish by using a craft-knife rather than a real "CASE CRACKER" ... I decided I could damage/mar my own watch cases for free.

Do not try to work on watches yourself without a SERIOUS compliment of APPROPRIATE tools.

Before you buy a case-cracker tool to open any case... you MUST have a case press... to apply appropriate pressures to SNAP those crack-able cases back together (simply mashing them together can break the crystal and warp the case).

Two other types of cases ... screw-on... and screw secured. Screw-secured is pretty easy... a good set of screw-drivers is essential.
Sadly I have no sage advice on how to determine "good" merely I know soft and inadequate watchmakers screw drivers (as I have a lot of them).

Screw on back...
These wrenches are available in two and three prong versions.

Just forget about the cheaper two prong... they slip, scratch and generally cause way more damage than even PROFESSIONALS are willing to ignore.

A hands free jewelers loupe... a modest set of jewelers forceps (tweezers)... hands pullers... and white linen napkins to work on... to give you a chance at not spending hours on the floor looking for that VERY elusive screw... and you are ready to become a AMATEUR HOROLOGIST.

Its better to do it to yourself for free than to pay a professional good money to get way less... I'm just saying.

Work in a well lit area... take your time... think "amateur" comes from the Latin root meaning a lover of something.


Try not to work above a carpeted area... it makes finding that screw sooo much harder... I'm relating key personal learning (just saying). .

Dec 12, 2015 | Watches

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The 'glass' cover on my Ironman triahlon 30 lap is cloudy-feels like it is etched- and now I can't read the watch at all. What can I do?

Go to your local hardware store and get a Dremel tool or a generic rotary hobby tool. They have buffing wheels and buffing compound that you can buy. Then apply some of the buffing compound to your buffing wheel and carefully buff your etching. Remember to re-apply buffing compound regularly when buffing.

Oct 11, 2013 | Timex 27191 Wristwatch

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How can i repair scratches on a plastic caravan window

Plastic polish comes in a variety of grits to help buff out scratches in a wide variety of plastics. Novus is a popular brand; their stuff comes in 3 grades: #1 for very fine scratches, #2 for moderate scratches, and #3 for deep / rugged scratches. I generally use #2 polish; #3 polish leaves smaller scratches behind that must be buffed out using #2 polish. Auto repair shops also sell plastic polishes. You might also be able to use automotive rubbing compound, if you don't have access to plastic polish. In a pinch, you can also use traditional white toothpaste, as it contains mild grit (that's how your teeth get polished, after all). Note that toothpaste may also leave behind small scratches.

In terms of hardware, some people use a rotary buffer (like you'd use with car wax) to apply the polishing compound. I have tended to leave swirl marks when I use one. Some people use a Dremel rotary tool, but the super-fast rotational speed can melt/burn the plastic if you apply too much pressure. I prefer to use a soft, all-cotton cloth (an old washcloth or tube sock turned inside out works well), with a dab of polish on it. For straight line linear scratches, I generally run the polish along the scratch to lift out any paint, etc, and to soften the walls of the scratch. This alone usually makes the scratch a lot less visible. However, to finish the buffing, it's good to polish in a circular motion to feather the areas immediately surrounding the scratch into the scratch area.

Some plastics are tougher to polish than others. Super-hardened plastics and some polycarbonates will not clear up using these methods. Most, however, will at least look better after you've done a bit of polishing, even if the scratches don't completely disappear.

May 11, 2011 | Watches

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How do you get a new watch band connected to the watch?

mcdevito75 Here, You"ll need a tool called a spring bar remover tool available on ebay, but by the time you get the tool you can have a small watch repair shop in your area replace the band and for about the same money as the tool.

Feb 05, 2011 | Kenneth Cole KC3289 Wrist Watch

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How to polish out bezel scratches

Use jewelers rouge, (a paste with very fine abrasive particles) and using a small amount on a piece of very fine cloth, rub gently in a circular pattern to buff out the scratches. You can find the rouge at a hardware store that sells Dremel tools and accessories.

Nov 10, 2010 | Accutron Wrist Watches by Bulova ...

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Cant get the white band clean

I love watches. My collection: Breitling Colt, Bulova Accutron, and a few others.
Yours is no slouch either. I believe it's around $2500. and the band is special, very special. It is made from ceramic and can not be replaced with any other band except for the one it came with. That being the case, if you are going to pay that much for your watch you should expect some quality service from the maker in regards to things like this. So before you do anything else give them a call and ask them if they have any recommendations about cleaning it.

If you get a response some thing like "No problem just send us a blank check and the watch and we will fix it right up, Honest" tell them to get ben........never mind. Just hang up. Their # 1-888-455-9200
If you are going to try and clean it you need to understand just how hard ceramic is. I have ceramic tool cutters almost as hard as diamond cutters so it will take some patients.
The first thing I would try is to let the band soak in bleach. You might be surprised at how well that works. Let it soak awhile. The longer the better

The best thing is to find a polish made specifically for ceramic.
I would try a auto paint supply store. They should have good quality polish for ceramic clear coats. It may also be a good idea to get a piece of white ceramic cutting plate/board and test a spot. I would also use a small Dremel polishing wheel. Dremel also makes a soft polishing stone that you mith want to try depending on how bad the stains are.

Remember a ceramic cutter board is a cheap way to test before you try anything on the band.
I really hope something here helps.
Let me know if you need any other help and please let me know of any success or failure and I'll try and give additional assistance.

Dec 29, 2009 | Nixon 51 30 Tide Watch

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How to Open a Gucci watch

Most watches are either screwed on and typically have a series of small notches around the circumference of the case back. A special tool is generally called for. Otherwise they are "snap back" . These are simply pressed on. To remove you can carefully use a regular knife in the absence of a "case knife". There is usually a small gap/groove/notch area to insert the balde and lift the back off.

Jul 25, 2009 | Watches

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How to adjust the watch strap

I just bought the o-ring watch by Starck, and it looks to have the same style of strap. If you look on the side of the clasp, you will see a pin on both ends. You have to remove these retention pins first (which may require tools that are unavailable to you). First, stabilize the watch on its side on a soft mat - I used the back of a mouse pad. Then, use a thin, stiff piece of metal tool to push the pins out slightly. I used a crafting tool. Once the pin sticks out enough, you can use a fine set of pliers to pull them the rest of the way out. (If this does not make much sense at this point, you may be best off going to watch shop.) Once you remove the pins, the clasp can be removed from the strap simply by lifting the clamp. You then trim the strap with a pair of sharp scissors to the appropriate length - make sure you see exactly what the end looks like, because the shortened strap will need to have the same apperance. After trimming, reclamp the clasp onto the strap, and reinsert the pin. You may need a small hammer to get the pins seated completely. Then, you're done. So obviously intuitive, why would anyone need directions, right? Honestly, Fossil did not make this one easy at all. Kind of irritating.

May 15, 2008 | Fossil PH1057 Wrist Watch

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How do change a battery of a watch?

If you do not have the proper tools,(proper tools are recommended) and depending on the type of backing, this may help you :

  1. Locate a very small tab (or recessed area) on the edge of the back cover. This is the access point for removal.
  2. Get a kitchen knife with a rigid blade. It doesn't have to be razor sharp, it only needs to be inflexible. You can also use a small fine screwdriver.
  3. Very carefully slide the blade under the tiny metal protrusion on the back cover (or across the length of the recessed area, depending on which type of cover your watch has). Do not attempt to insert the point of the knife. Use the length of the blade.
  4. Get under the tab or recessed area and gently but firmly turn the blade upward, popping the cover off.
  5. Locate your battery(Small round disc type) remove and check the numbers on it. Go to most any local dept. stores (Wal Mart, Target, Radio Shack, etc.) and purchase same.
  6. Install battery with numbers up.
  7. Place cover over watch, and snap back into place.
Hope this helps. If not, please let me know and I will get back to you.

Feb 07, 2008 | Watches

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