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Clock and Pendulum not working

Would like to have it repaired,or get new movement

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NEVER EVER USE GREASE in a clock!!!!! If you have the right person service any mechanical clock, they will use the correct oils for the clock. We have found that the new mechanical clocks actually run better with no oil. Do not use just any oils these kind of products are great but are not good for clocks. You do not have to oil the inside of the movement. The best way to oil a clock is to take a syringe and needle, fill the syringe with oil and on the outside of the movement you will see where the gears poke through and you put a very little oil on each hole, both front and back of the clock. That is more than enough. You are welcome to email me for more information. I fix these clocks for a living. yvonne.finch@gmail.com

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  • Yvonne Mar 27, 2013

    Robert Shaw. Sorry to burst your bubble! You are not a clock maker. A true clock maker always has a solution to the problem. I do not know where in the world you are. Here in South Africa clock parts for most mechanical clocks are scarce and if we can get them are rather expensive. We are clever! We do not have to use much brain power. We go to auctions or pawnshops or 2nd hand shops and charity shops and buy up these clocks that people do not want. It does not matter if they are whole or not, if they are not whole the become our spares. A lot cheaper than making gears!!!!! I fix mechanical clocks for a living! Most of my work is from Jewelers and antique shops. For more information contact Yvonne at yvonne.finch@gmail.com

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Hi Petah 920...I have also aquired the same clock, with the pendulum and other parts missing. I intend to fabricate the missing parts ( I am a clockmaker) and engineer. My problem is not knowing the exact parts, I have contacted Thwaites

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CLOCK OILING TIPS * NOTE: Many Master Clock Smiths and Hobbyists used many different oils and as many different techniques.
* It is only good sense to use only the best in quality when selecting clock oils and grease. A number of fine oils are made especially for clocks. The oil used should stay in place and not evaporate easily and have no tendency to gum or get sticky as it ages. Most clock oils meet these standards. [CAUTION: Never consider using non-clock lubricants, as they tend to not really work well in clocks. Some are too light and cause unnecessary bushings wear, while others are too thick or can evaporate, over time will gum up and stop the clock prematurely.]

Oiling Procedures
-Main-springs are oiled after cleaning and before they are recoiled.
-Teeth and pinions are never oiled.
-Normally, the dial train of gears, hour wheel, minute wheel and minute wheel post are not oiled. However, oil is used between the center shaft and cannon pinion where slip friction is present in setting the hands.
-All points of friction such as train wheel pivots to bushings are oiled. Verge faces are oiled directly.
-Oil is always used sparingly and should never run all over the plates.

Hope this tip helps.

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http://antiqueclock.clockstop.com/oil.htm

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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You question is a bit non descriptive except that the clock does not work and the hand clutch has failed.



GOTO:
http://www.nawcc.org/business-directory/

Hopefully this will guide you in the correct direction for a local repair person.




Hope this tip helps

R/
David

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1, Wind the clock. If the pendulum still does not swing, check the hands of the clock. If the hands are touching each other, push the hour hand gently toward the clock face. If the hands still touch, gently bend the minute hand away from the clock face.

2. Examine the swing of the pendulum. If it moves, and then stops, or if it swings erratically, the clock is probably off-balance. Gently tilt the clock to one side and restart the pendulum.
Watch the swing of the pendulum. If it stops again or continues to swing erratically, try tilting the clock in the opposite direction. Tilt the clock at various angles, on each side, and front and back, until the pendulum runs smoothly and regularly.

Note the clock position in which the pendulum swings freely. Place a wedge underneath the clock in the place needed to maintain this angle. If a wedge alone will not hold the Seth Thomas grandfather clock in the proper position, try lifting the clock slightly up against the wall.

Use a screwdriver to attach a bracket to the wall at the appropriate position. Additional brackets may be needed depending on the angle required. It may also be necessary to employ a combination of wedges and brackets.




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Hi! the movement must be bad, you can actually have a battery clock movement replaced easily at a watch or clock shop! We charge about $30.00 to 50.00 if the movement is available, you did not mention what type of clock? if you can let me know i may be able to help further. thank you!

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