Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?
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    Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    Is it safe to remove links with just a thumb tack and/or a paperclip and pliers?

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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    I think it's best to ask Christian Szell.

    https://youtu.be/kzw1_2b-I7A?t=76
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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    The results may be less than desirable, who ever told you to do this?

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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    I just saw it online, that's all. I suppose I should just wait and take it to the watch repair shop when it's open.

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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    There’s always a huge chance you messing things up and then would have to go to the pro anyway....it’s not like a DIY car hack lol


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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    Levity aside, you can buy a cheap watch tool kit on Amazon and handle this yourself as long as you’re reasonably mechanically inclined.

    First I’d verify if you’re dealing with split pins or a pin/collar setup. You wouldn’t want to lose a collar.

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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    Take it to a pro or watch some videos on YouTube to avoid potential damage if you don't know how to do this properly, IMHO.
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    Re: Safe to Remove Links from Metal Band with Paper Clips/Thumb Tacks?

    It's pretty easy to do yourself, but if you buy an Amazon pin pusher, avoid the plastic ones, as they bend if the pins are really tight. The metal ones are sturdier.

    On all of them, you need to get the push pin started straight, or it'll break. Get one that includes spare pushers, because they sometimes break anyway.

    That said, I have some Omega pin-and-collar bracelets, and the standard pin pushers aren't long enough to get the pin out enough. I use a section of paperclip as an extender, once I've got the pin started.

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