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    Default Clock works for 5 minutes then stops.

    Hi all. I have a Thomas Haller wall clock pre 1900. First the clock wouldn't work at all. Then I noticed that the pendulum was rubbing against the coil in the back, so I adjusted the face to sit further ahead in the brackets. Now the clock runs for about five minutes and stops. Also now that it is ahead it isn't chiming right. The arm isn't getting good contact. Any suggestions. I know it needs a good cleaning.
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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Donna Hickey)

    Your last sentence says it all. Have the clock overhauled, and that will likely take care of it. The old lubricants are likely turned to sticky goo by now.

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: glenhead)

    Great, I wasn't sure if that was it or not. Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Donna Hickey)

    I agree. You have a very nice clock well worth a trip to a professional shop for proper cleaning and oiling.

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: hookster)

    I'm sure it does need clean/lube/adjust, but it may just be out of beat. Is it in proper beat?

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Scottie-TX)

    Well I did move the screw on the pendulum. I think that is what adjust the speed. How would I know if it is out of beat. And how would I fix it. I'm very new to this, my first clock. Thank you for all your help.

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Donna Hickey)

    It won't run while it's laying on its side. Try standing it up.

    Have a look at Beat Setting 101

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: bangster)

    LOL how did you knowbut really it is hanging and level.

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Donna Hickey)

    You do know that it can be hanging perfectly level and be out of beat? Putting in beat is a listening exercise. Usually, a clock is in beat when it sounds in beat. You may find that clock is not perfectly vertical when it's beat sounds best.

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Scottie-TX)

    As a newbie to hear a clock is in beat is not the easiest. If possible listen to a few clocks that are in beat to help your ears hear what they need to hear.
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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Kevin W.)

    I repeat:

    Have a look at Beat Setting 101

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: bangster)

    Bangster,
    I have just read "Beatsetting 101" Thank you for the reference. I have not read it before. There is a lot of very good information there, much of it, I did not know before.

    I have a feeling that it may be a little technical and overwhelming for a complete "newbie" as Donna says that she is. Would it perhaps be sufficient to advise Donna to tilt the clock one way or the other until the "Tick" and the "Tock" are exactly evenly spaced? At least that will tell if it is a beat problem and if she might need to get some one to adjust the crutch.

    Cheers
    Walesey

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    Default Re: Clock works for 5 minutes then stops. (RE: Walesey)

    That for the resource "bangster". I am on vacation right now but as soon as I'm home I am going to try all your suggestions. Thanks again. Hopefully it will help. Also does anyone have any suggestion on a good place to take it to for cleaning and servicing that is close to me, New Brunswick, Canada.

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