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    Unhappy Howard Miller quartz wall clock

    I have a Howard Miller quartz wall clock that was in our house for a couple of years and my mother wanted it so I moved it to her apartment. After a short while , the pendulum stopped swinging so I put a new movement in it, the pendulum did not swing with the new movement so we put another new movement in and it worked for 4 days at the shop. I took it to my mother's apartment and now I can't keep the pendulum swinging again, it slowly loses momentum and stops. VERY FRUSTRATING! Do I need to start the pendulum with a wider sweep? The clock is level, no obstructions. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: Gary Walker)

    Often with quartz movements, the pendulum is effected by the case not fitting flush to the wall, ie: if the screw or nail at the top allows the top to tilt out from the wall. You could try adding a piece of cardboard or some filler to the bottom of the clock to even it out.
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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: Gary Walker)

    Gary,

    I hope you havn't done all this work on the assumption that a good battery was actually a not so good battery.

    The pendulum swing is independant of clock's timekeeping operation. So, one function will nearly always stop a few weeks before the other as the battery ages.

    Good luck, Willie X

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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: Willie X)

    Unlike mechanical clocks, hanging vertical is not critical - doesn't matter. However as HAROLD writes - ARE very critical about front-to-back position. With clock in position on wall, push inward on pendulum - toward wall. Is there clearance? Now pull outward on pendulum - from wall. Clearance? ANY interference between "well" and pendulum will stop it.

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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: Scottie-TX)

    Always change the battery first. If there's a problem, you haven't lost anything

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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: shutterbug)

    Thank you. I've thought of these items but I need to recheck battery and front to back positioning.

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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: Gary Walker)

    A good multimeter is a necessity when working on electric and quartz clocks. It's amazing the number of these that come into my shop with dead batteries (but I just put new batteries into it), or batteries installed backwards. Buying the "cheap" off brand batteries doesn't really save any money.
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    Default Re: Howard Miller quartz wall clock (RE: harold bain)

    Also, many of these have two batteries; One for time - one for pendulum. The time battery will last MUCH longer because there is less current draw. You may need only to replace one but may as well replace both.

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