WEMOOZ, please read Labounty's reply again. He is right. Also, you said "and I will be content to not lose any sleep over what I do not understand. Look at it this way. If early clocks did not have these knobs, maybe the clock really does not need them!" It's still good to know what function a...
Ugh! I've worked on a half dozen or so of them and downed a fifth of scotch after each overhaul. Well, not the whole fifth. They are a challenge. Dick is right about Connover's book.
Don--I found that the movement is not tolerable to minimal wear. Check the pulleys too!!
Thirty years ago? Mebbe. Maybe.
Today? Nope. Uh - uh. Don't need that kind of a "high" anymore.
Like Scottie, in my younger days, no problem. Now I would make up some kind of rope harness for safety. As Clint says, "A man's gotta know his limitations".
Since the Earth itself is slowing down, timekeepers(they didn't consult with me)are adding an extra second to their atomic clocks to keep up with Earth's slightly slowing rotation. The extra second will be added on to Dec. 31 after 6:59:59 p.m. and before 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
So be sure...