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    Default Seconds hand stuck. Please help!

    I have a grandfather clock that's been working fine for 3 yrs until today. I was winding the clock and I think I may have bumped something. The seconds hand will not move now- the other hands move fine if I push them, normal chime and strike. There are a few things I noticed:

    -Sometimes when the pendulum swings the hand moves then stops.
    -If I push in near the center of the clock the hand moves but when I take my hand away it stops.

    From the above I thought it might be stuck on the clock face itself, so I tried pulling/pushing the hand but no luck. I am sure it just needs a minor adjustment but I'm not sure what. A minor bump shouldn't cause this much of a problem.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: valadezaj)

    Check to see if the clock dial moved when you bumped it. The second hand is usually mounted directly to one of the wheel arbors. So if the minute and hour hands are moving correctly the second hand must be slipping on the arbor.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: Smudgy)

    Yes but I tried gently moving the hand around the arbor to center it more and it does nothing. I'm wondering if I knocked the arbor itself out of postion.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: valadezaj)

    What do you think yo may have bumped, or are you just speculating? If you can remove the hands and dial, a picture of the movement front may give a clue.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: Steven Thornberry)

    The seconds bit is just a friction fit, and can be pulled off with a little tug on the center. After you remove it, see if the other symptoms go away (they should). After you've verified that the problem is the seconds bit, put it back on so that it's near but not touching the dial. Also make sure its not rubbing the edges of it operating hole, and not touching either of the hands as they approach and pass the 12 position.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: shutterbug)

    Could be the Auto Adjust got mis adjusted. Start the pendulum from one side of the case so it has the maximum swing. If the seconds starts moving-you've solved it.

    Look carefully at the second hand, it should be close to the dial but not touching. Set the hour, then the minute so it doesn't interfere with each other.

    If still not working, you'll need experienced help so the problem doesn't get worse by touching the wrong things.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: al_taka)

    A.T., I think you're spot on.
    I think this problem has nothing to do with hands but simply the clock is not running. The majority of seconds bits hands are attached directly to an elongated escape wheel pivot. The erratic motion of the hand he sees is the escape wheel failing to advance - ergo the hand doesn't advance.
    This reads like a clock out of beat.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: Scottie-TX)

    We'll see if I'm right, hope he gets the clock running.

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: al_taka)

    Now Mike has Scottie talking with a British accent!

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: shutterbug)

    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug View Post
    Now Mike has Scottie talking with a British accent!
    Would that be a Tex-Brit or a Brit-Tex accent?

    Ken

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    Default Re: Seconds hand stuck. Please help! (RE: Neeth)

    Scottie is a master of talking in all sorts of accents!

    The "seconds hand" instead of "second hand" clinched it. Here, second hand is something that's not new.

    Me, I can only do Somerset and Yorkshire, and make a stab at Scouse, Essex, Geordie and Brum.
    Mike - banned member of the throwaway society.

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