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I was unable to wind my pendulum clock for some time. When I rewound it and started it again I adjusted the time by moving the minute hand. Now the minute hand won't move properly and keeps ''slipping'' on its axis. How can I fix this?

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  • Andrewb2 Apr 25, 2010

    I should have explained that sometimes it works, especially when the minute hand is set to move from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock (ie the hand is going 'downhill') but does not always move on the 'uphill' section ie between 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock. These clocks are designed to have the minute hand adjusted by hand. The minute hand is still connected to the hour hand. I am sure the minute hand is not 'disconnected' from the clock itself.

  • Andrewb2 Apr 26, 2010

    While I found the response to my query friendly it was no more than take the clock to a repairer which is advice I could give myself. I would appreciate another opinion.

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Hello,It is duely because the minute hand is in the wrong position.
To adjust the minute hand you should, loosen the hand nut, and reposition the minute-hand to the proper hour, and retighten the hand nut.
please kindly open the clock gently to adjust the minute hand so as not to compound the problem.

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Hi, the minute hand is disconnected from the clock engine, so you have to dismantle the clock and fix it properly..

Take care

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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    Shehu Pro Apr 25, 2010

    Hi, if that be the case, then there is a minor problem with the clock engine which i think will be fixed by mere servicing by a clock repairer..

    Take care


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    Shehu Pro Apr 29, 2010

    O.k.....

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These Regulations tips are useful for regulating the rotating regulator. This is to include most 400-day and 1000-day clocks.
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Keep A Regulation Record:
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{FACT}
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