Archive for September, 2021


on the bench … tymeter clock

box from Goodwill
VNTG Numechron Tymeter “TV Model” Clock

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bid and won on an old style clock

the “un boxing” !
old style rotating numerals cloak, some wear and cracking on the clear face plate. the clock, the clock works but the motor emits a grinding sound. in a quiet room very audible.
the back is clear plastic , apparently you set the time by putting your finger through he back and rotating the dials to the correct time
plastic style case
sort of a burl wood plastic color
removed the rear panel
you can see the rotating mechanism
the numerals are in good shape , several kits are available as stickers to renew the look , these are highly viable and still have good color
case interior with dial nightlight switch
front panel removed
some of the crazing of the plastic visible
wiring , switch bulb and socket, c7 bulb, checking wiring for splits and cracking
grommet dried out and cracked
1 rpm motor, very noisey
timer motor with first cog, the second wheel
motor mounting bracket
pulling the screw and axle from the hour wheel
each wheel (cog) has a spring detent that is slightly adjustable to aline the digits
hour wheel and axle
all of the wheels are removed
cast mounted bracket removed from base
wire nut connections
second wheel press fits to motor
fasteners and hardware
ready to be cleaned
I checked the paint on the wheels of the numerals, it didn’t flake away before cleaning. On some old devices the paint will simply flack away if distrubed
components cleaned
ready for assembly
plastic polish applied
reassemble of the wheels, checking the sizes of the hardware axles and screws
some silicone grease applied, the paint was flaked on the spring detents, left as is
installing the wheels
without the detents in place, spin test
installation of the detents
assembly of the time wheels
mounting of the motor
aligning of the digits
completed project
rear view

While the project was finished, the motor was very noisy, I tried to lubricate the sealed motor but it ended with failure. Most likely will sell for parts as the motor is not readily available for replacement.

The bulb will be replaced with a C7 LED filament bulb.


on the bench… continued

Now that I had worked on several coffee brewing machines the Cuisinart coffee grinder stopped working. The dark roast Starbucks french roast , finely ground, seems to have clogged up the machine. A lot of moisture from the oily dark roast clogged the machine over time and have appeared to stall the motor, Should have preventative maintenance done on a regular basis. This grinder usually gets several times a day use.

on the bench
hopper removed
several screws on the bottom to remove.
interior view, the bottom motor mount is cracked, motor is still secured
take out the control board , no components are toasted
right away check the fuse… ok
nothing looks amiss …take a couple of readings… all ok
closeup of components
checked out the wear on the brushes …. good
a lot of interlock switches to check out
pull apart some stuff to clean and check switches
more interlock switches
switcher ok
thermister …ok
all interlocks are ok and getting voltage to the motor leads from the circuit board…. Aha !!! the thermal limiter on the windings
yep , jumped it out and the motor works, pulled out carefully wired directly to winding wire.
replacement in stock, ordered assortment of common values from Ali express
add shrink tubing and carefully solder in place, lots of coffee ground on the blue mat today.
tubing in place, limiter soldered in place
insulation complete and wire tied onto the winding
reassemble and dress and secure the wires, the unit is back in service. removed the cracked bottom motor mount motor is secured.
ever get those deep fasteners that a screwdriver cant fit into, hers may solution. Long Phillips drivers couples to a nut driver.

think I’ll have a cup of coffee now. fresh ground beans !!!!!


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