Intro: Salvaging: an Old Wall Clock
We live in a throw away society. Who it was that first noticed this, I don't know, but I dislike throwing things away.
So what will we salvage today? How about a clock?
I had a funny spongebob one that my grandma had gotten me for Christmas last year, but unfortunately, it had no alarm, so I couldn't use it for much. Plus, the ticking of my alarm clock and the wall clock was getting annoying, so today I finally put the poor thing on it's deathbed.
If you are interested in learning how I did it and what I salvaged, read on.
Step 1: Specs
I'm not going to need an equipment list. All you need is a screw driver and the clock itself.
Now, the specific details on the clock I'm taking apart:
- The casing was entirely plastic
- There was only one (1) screw
- The lens was plastic
These have been the specs for nearly every clock I've ever taken apart. I have never attempted one with a glass lens or wooden casing, and I really don't recommend trying it.
Step 2: The Outer Backing
Alright, so I'm assuming you have a screw driver right now and that you're ready and waiting with a clock.
It doesn't matter how big or small it is, but a glass lens is a big NO.
So, with the clock I disassembled at least, there was a backing which contained a single screw. You might not have one, depending on your clock.
Take the screw (Or screws) out of the back. Basically, go for any screws that you can find, and put them in your parts bin, toolkit, anything you like really, but save those screws!
Step 3: The Gearbox
Now it's time to go for the gears. Unfortunately, the people who design these things make them so easily breakable, yet nearly impenetrable to getting inside of the gears of the clock without breaking it. (Basically to prevent people from trying to fix it themselves) But that's okay, the gearbox and outer backing are both recyclable, so you don't really need to worry about how beat up they get.
Well this next part took a long time. I'd estimate about half an hour,of doing a lot of different things to get the gearbox open. I finally did pry it open, but unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures of this. However, I can show you the points that you will want to attempt to break to get the box free.
Before you start stabbing your screwdriver into the box, remove the battery. It's doubtable that you'll kill yourself if you don't, but it could prove to be an annoyance.
Note: Don't try to use dremels or penknives or anything of that sort, because you WILL stab some of the gears inside, and you also will likely ended up cutting your hand a bit. Penknives are especially a bad idea because the blades are thin enough that they can break (And believe me, they're designed to)
Step 4: Gears!
Oh this is definitely the best part, because it's so easy and you get a bunch of stuff for your parts box! (Oh err yeah and you're helping the environment) So crack open that gearbox and start taking it apart!
Below are some photos of the things you'll likely find inside the box.
Step 5: The Lens
This is the last step. The lens isn't hard to get out, but it may take a bit of prying.I didn't take any pictures of getting the lens out, but there should be two tabs on opposite sides of each other.
Just push at the tab with a screw driver until it comes out, then do the same thing on the other tab. You'll be left with a top of the line lens!
(Don't worry about breaking the tabs or anything. It's really hard to break the lens from the back, and a few scratches probably won't make that much of a difference)
Step 6: The End
Well there you have it, you now know how to salvage a wall clock!
If you have any questions, you can leave them here or give me a private message.