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    I have a B&S bestest plunger style indicator. It is a functional unit but the lens on it is completely loose and won't seat in the unit. Is there some trick or something I am overlooking? The lens seems to be plastic FYI.
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  • #2
    As a quick and dirty expedient repair, I have used 3 or 4 dots of hot melt glue around the perimeter. Easily removable, little or no risk of harm.

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    • #3
      Many of the crystals used on indicators will shrink with age-so your best bet is to bu a new crystal.

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      • #4
        This page gives a lot of good crystal info: http://www.longislandindicator.com/p233.html

        RWO

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        • #5
          RWO , very cool vid . I would have never known . I'm inspired to fix my new to me but very old Craftsman travel indicator that was made in England . DSCF2549 by mark westi, on Flickr

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          • #6
            if you've a watchmaker nearby, he'll (should anyway) have the crystals in stock and will quick change it, its fairly easy with the right tools
            in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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            • #7
              When I was working in the fitting shop, we kept a supply of new crystals for Mitutoyo and some of the other good makes. The bezels were removed and the appropriate crystal selected, usually with about 0.01" to 0.02" interference, so just pressing it in was problematical. We had a little press that increased the dish in the crystal, thereby reducing the diameter just enough to fit in place easily. With up to a couple of hundred plunger and lever indicators in the factory, it made sense to have spare parts for the more easily breakable tools.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by michigan doug View Post
                As a quick and dirty expedient repair, I have used 3 or 4 dots of hot melt glue around the perimeter. Easily removable, little or no risk of harm.
                I may actually try this. I bought this indicator because of the accessories really and got it at a good price, I do not know if it is worth spending between 20-30$ on a plastic lens when the whole thing cost me that much.
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                • #9
                  There is an older guy that runs a clock repair here. Never any customers. I think he keeps it open to stay away from his wife.
                  I took my indicators to him and he was happy to have someone to talk to. Charged me a dollar for each. I tipped him a twenty.

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                  • #10
                    I have done business with Long Island Indicator for years. I have always had a quality customer experience with them. Highly recommended.
                    Kansas City area

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