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Possibly wound chimes too tight

I recently wound my tempus fugit grandfather clock and now it keeps time but will no longer chime, how do I unwind the chime chains?

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SOURCE: Elgin grandfather clock chimes not working

I'm not positive about this, but I seem to recall that these type of clocks have two "silence levers" on the movement. These levers are located at the upper left and upper right corners of the movement as you face the movement from the back. The movement back panel has to be removed if it has one.

If the levers are pushed toward the chime rods, they will silence the hour or musical chime, depending on which one it is. I believe the silence levers are supposed to be moved away from the chime rods so the rods can retract and then strike the chime bars.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Our wall clock was not wound a couple of months

You were not very specific about you clock description, Many of the German clocks were using auto correct features.

You may not have this function.

Move the hour hand to the correct hour.

Hope this tip help you.

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David
http://antiqueclock.clockstop.com/

Posted on Mar 14, 2010

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SOURCE: Have a Galleria Grandfather clock thats chimes are

try movinging the hour hand to the time the chimes are chimeing at

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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Thanks for contacting FixYa.
I wish I had an aswer for you but I dont. Here is a link for a repair man that has an 800 # toll free to call for estimate.
http://clock-repair.net/site-map/seth-thomas-clock-repair/

Best regards. Jewel

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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Take the batteries out from the base, where the chime mechanism is. Wait till it gets close (20 seconds till) to a specific hour time, like 8:00 or 9:00, replace the batteries for the chime mechanism. And then count the chimes at the hour. If they are correct, you are set. If they are incorrect, turn the time back 15 minutes before the hour and bring it right back and monitor the chimes again. Hopefully this should fix it. Please post the results.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

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    Thanks for contacting FixYa.
    I wish I had an aswer for you but I dont. Here is a link for a repair man that has an 800 # toll free to call for estimate.
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    Have a Galleria Grandfather clock thats chimes are off. How do I get them correct? Bought it at an auction and did not get any information with it. It chimed correctly in the beginning.


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    You were not very specific about you clock description, Many of the German clocks were using auto correct features.

    You may not have this function.

    Move the hour hand to the correct hour.

    Hope this tip help you.

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    http://antiqueclock.clockstop.com/

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    Elgin grandfather clock chimes not working


    I'm not positive about this, but I seem to recall that these type of clocks have two "silence levers" on the movement. These levers are located at the upper left and upper right corners of the movement as you face the movement from the back. The movement back panel has to be removed if it has one.

    If the levers are pushed toward the chime rods, they will silence the hour or musical chime, depending on which one it is. I believe the silence levers are supposed to be moved away from the chime rods so the rods can retract and then strike the chime bars.

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    The idea of "overwinding" is probably the most common myth in clockmaking. A clock cannot be wound too tight, unless it is wound so hard that the mainspring breaks, in which case the spring becomes completely unwound and will not wind up again. What has actually happened is that the clock is fully wound, but does not unwind because it is not running for some other reason. Letting down the mainspring would have no benefit.
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    Take the batteries out from the base, where the chime mechanism is. Wait till it gets close (20 seconds till) to a specific hour time, like 8:00 or 9:00, replace the batteries for the chime mechanism. And then count the chimes at the hour. If they are correct, you are set. If they are incorrect, turn the time back 15 minutes before the hour and bring it right back and monitor the chimes again. Hopefully this should fix it. Please post the results.

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