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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    Thanks, everyone. I did as you suggested and ground down the click spring just slightly. Used my Dremel with a stone grinding wheel at the slowest speed. I checked the Great Wheel and the second wheel, and they work fine. The endplay on the second wheel looks to be identical to the rest of...
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    Help Ultrasonic Cleaner and the best cleaning solution to use for cleaning clock parts

    I was reading up on various ultrasonic cleaners, reviewing the comments and articles about how people used them and what solutions they used. Those ultrasonic cleaners are really big now for auto enthusiasts, who found they are a great way to clean carburetors. One comment from one of these...
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    Dirty Clock Face - clean it?

    Thanks, Tim. I know the stuff you're talking about. Don't think that will do much good. This is 100 year old grime. It is all around the winding arbors so just dirty hands over the years. I'll probably just leave it alone. I don't mind patinas, that come with age, but sure wish there was...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    I guess I'm not finished with this thread yet, LOL. It ran for two days. I stopped it to fix the strike train (simple adjustment) and started it again. It ran for almost a day. This time it stopped completely. I'm glad it did, because I was able to diagnose the problem. I checked every...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    The clock is back together and still running great after two days. A slight adjustment to the count wheel strike was all that was needed on the strike train. Working perfectly!
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    Dirty Clock Face - clean it?

    I have a Waterbury clock that I just completed the cleaning and restoration of the movement and have fixed a few dings in the wooden case (it looks really good with no refinishing required). However, the clock face itself is dirty, worn, and actually looks like the thin brass overlay is rusting...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    Swanicyouth, no, it did not run when I first got it. I thought the repair would be simple because someone before me had obviously bushed almost every hole and none of the bushings were showing any wear. As noted, it was literally drenched in oil. I hoped a good cleaning and small adjustment...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    I have now taken this clock apart six times. LOL. Frustrating but I'll be darned if I was going to let it beat me. I took the escape wheel and "polished" it, using microscope to take off even tiny burrs or bends on the teeth. Worked over the pivots to also make sure they were spotless and...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    Will, I have not straightened it yet, but I have the clock apart again and will do it before going back together. Bill, I don't have a lathe yet but I have inspected all of the pivots closely to make sure they are straight, not bent, no groves or rough spots, and that the pivot holes are clean...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    Bill, I have already done the things you mentioned. Twice for the time side. Took the clock apart and installed just the second wheel and the escape wheel to make sure they spun easily in their pivot holes and that they had proper endshake between the plates. Removed them and installed the...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    To say I am totally frustrated would be an understatement. First, I took it all apart, used crocus cloth to really clean the escape wheel and touched up a couple of teeth that looked like they were not 100%. Then I cleaned (again) all of the pivots, using the crocus to shine them up and make...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    First, as an aside, Bill, my grandfather came over from Prague in the 1800's when he was two years old. I am third generation American. Born in Shiner, Texas, and yes, I love Shiner Bock. Spent several years in Waco during law school. Loved sailing my sunfish boat on your lake. Retired now...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    Bohemian Bill, thanks. (We probably have relatives in the long, dark past, LOL. I was always told Czech's were just poor relatives of the Bohemians). Per RC's suggestion on another thread, I have joined NAWCC as a sustaining member and have joined the local Chapter 139 here in Houston. First...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    I think I answered my own question. Hedrick's drawings are upside down as compared to this clock and when I finally flip everything over, I think the setup is correct. Not sure yet about the angles and whether the 6 1/2 teeth spacing is correct. I will start straightening out the teeth and go...
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    Waterbury movement stops at same place on escape wheel

    IMG 6487 https://youtube.com/shorts/9609zAX2Sys?feature=share The first link is another video of the movement working until it stops on the same tooth. The second link is showing just moving the pendulum and crutch back and forth by hand. If I count it right, the escape wheel has 36 teeth...

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