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I have been searching for something around the house that would remove the link pin. The thumbtack idea worked great and saved me the $15 of either having someone remove one link for me or buying a link removing kit.
By Travis Kuntz02/18/2010
This is the best tip! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dude! The thumbtack worked great! Mahalo!
By Erick (Guest Post)02/15/2009
Thanks! Worked great and saved me $14 from the Sears watch repair shop.
By Dardog (Guest Post)12/28/2008
I used a small screwdriver kit. And it worked like a charm. (Hobby screw driver kit)
By Gabriella (Guest Post)11/16/2008
Thanks! Great tip! Save me money.
I used push pins which also work fine.
By (Guest Post)11/11/2008
gr8 post, worked like a charm on my new Invicta I bought online. Important to push the pin out in the direction of the arrow on the clasp. Thanks a bunch.
By (Guest Post)09/15/2008
It works for a new Timex!
By Dan (Guest Post)07/17/2008
There are many types of watch bands. Some require other approaches.
By RAF (Guest Post)06/24/2008
Little things the jewelers don't want you to know...
Thanks for the tip. Saved me time and money.
By Joe (Guest Post)06/04/2008
You're da bomb. Spent 20 minutes with a paper clip before you pointed me in the right direction. THANKS!
By (Guest Post)05/15/2008
I used the end of a paper clip to remove 6 links, then I have remaining one at each end should someday not be so skinny.
By Impatient One (Guest Post)04/12/2008
YES! God bless the GOOGLE toolbar. I just knew there was a logical solution. I did remove 5 links in about 10mins (some of which was spent looking for another tack). The best ones were the OVERSIZED pushpins. A gentle tap with a hammer and pull with a plier and my watch was perfect! THANK YOU!
By Joel (Guest Post)04/05/2008
After spending an hour trying to get the pin out I decided to check the internet. Boy am I glad I did. After reading your post I had the pin out in seconds. Thanks!
By Don (Guest Post)03/30/2008
By Ken (Guest Post)03/12/2008
Thanks! Worked like a charm!
By Roy (Guest Post)03/05/2008
Outstanding! Just adjusted my watch. Thanks for the great tip.
By Allison (Guest Post)02/21/2008
AWESOME - simply AWESOME! I was about to order a kit from eBay when I tried once more to find a resolution on-line. This worked WONDERS - even on one of my old watches that the pins had, essentially, frozen in the holes. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tip!
By Imz (Guest Post)02/01/2008
Thanks! I bought a costume jewelry watch super cheap off eBay. I'm used to the screw-type pins or spring-loaded ones in watches. These push pins had me stumped. Thought I would have to waste the money I saved, at a jeweler, to get these links off.
By Rich Hamilton (Guest Post)01/29/2008
Had a watch from Xmas sitting there, awaiting a trip to the jewelers...no need now. Great tip as long as you are careful.
My Timex expansion watch band doesn't have holes in it to insert a tack. If I had a band with holes in it, how do you rejoin the ends after you remove a section?
By beeneman (Guest Post)12/05/2007
After getting a quote for $12.50 from the jeweler I went home and started looking online..worked like a charm!
By New watch owner (Guest Post)10/11/2007
Yes, I too agree that the thumbtack idea works great. I looked around the house for something that would work, then found this online and it set me straight. Works exactly as described. No need to take a trip to the jeweler.
By M (Guest Post)07/20/2007
Thanks for the tip! Just bought a new watch yesterday and took care of the band myself, then went back to a couple of old watches I had around and adjusted those as well.
By Craig (Guest Post)06/26/2007
Thanks for the thumb tack idea, it worked great. I do admit to using a push pin though. Hey, what the heck, you nailed it!!
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