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    Chime rod issue

    Thanks guys, that's great to hear. The sound didn't bother so much as suspecting there was still a fault there to resolve. If that's normal I'll leave it be, I have lots more still to do on the clock. The chime spring needs replacing, and the pin barrel pivot in the brass triangular plate seems...
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    Chime rod issue

    I have a 1930s FHS Grandmother clock (1937 aprox) which I have recently overhauled, its the first mechanism I have dismantled myself. It was filthy when I got it with some light corrosion from decades of damp storage. Its been very satisfying getting it up and running again Its running fairly...
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    Removing westminster chime hammers

    Hi Folks, I've just dismantled and cleaned my first movement (1930s FHS movement from a granddaughter clock). Everything is back and running well, I have the chimes synchronised etc. But I suspect the hammers might be falling a little slow sometimes. I may be imagining it, but its the last...
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    Can anyone tell me how to remove this wheel?

    OK, Im feeling a bit dumb ! Ive found I can extract the winding arbor, which er, makes it a lot easier to remove this barrel! :rolleyes::D As you can tell my experience with clocks isnt too good! Thanks Adam
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    Can anyone tell me how to remove this wheel?

    Thanks, might give that a try if it comes to it. Id rather leave it in place, but the springs in this clock feel quite sticky, and based on the condition of the rest of it, I think I'd do well to clean the springs and install them with new grease
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    Can anyone tell me how to remove this wheel?

    See, Ideally, I'd just leave it on. But I cannot see how else I can remove the center barrel and service the spring? Some parts I've had trouble with on this clock, the grub screws for example come out ok, but the pieces are stuck fast due to shaft damage where the screw is, or corrosion...
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    Battery survey.

    Ive come across many old batteries, some that are long dead and expired in the early 90s. Most of those leaked a bit, unsuprisingly, some not at all. I find however that modern duracells can leak "catastrophically" while still in use, and even before their expiry date. The mess they create...
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    Can anyone tell me how to remove this wheel?

    I believe this centre wheel is attached to the canon pinion (if thats the correct term?). I'm assuming I need to remove it, as I cant see how I can remove the middle spring barrel otherwise - The cap for barrel is facing the front plate. can anyone offer any suggestions? The movement is from...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    As an experiment I have cut a piece of some old feeler gauages off (050 I think I used in the end, im terrible with imperial measurements, sorry!), and taped this in place on the bracket where the rest pit was. I added a small amount of graphite grease on it, though this is a temporary solution...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    Thanks Willie, yes the plate is badly pitted, see attached. Also attached a picture of the hammer spring. So is the stop plate a better way to address this ? Like I say it looks like it might be difficult to adjust the tail side. It may be possible to bend the bracket, but due to wear on the...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    The bracket that controls rest seemed a bit loose, and the steel hammer piece hadnt been entirely screwed onto the brass piece of the shaft. Tightening this up it does seem to create a slightly better resting point, though the tail is still resting on the cam pin at rest. The tail itself is...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    Ok, Movement out and some pictures attached. it looks like the hammer stop point is supposed to be decided by a brass bracket. There is a lot of wear seen on the "rest" point of the bracket, as well as the piece on the hammer. So in fact, the hammer is currently held at rest by the tail resting...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    Thanks, will have to get the movement out and have a look. I noticed today that the hammer raises slightly when the "warning" occurs, not sure if that is normal?
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    How would I go about adjusting the lift / hammer tail? Can anyone offer a few words on that? The gong is securely bolted to the sound board, Ive made sure of that. And Yes, pounding is the word! I can hear the gong clearly outside in my garden with all of the doors closed. I need to move...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    Thanks for the comments. The hammer leather is new, it was replaced for me when the clock was overhauled. It was missing entirely when the clock was passed on to me. It does look to my novice eyes that the hammer is lifting too high, and the position it strikes the gong causes a lot of...
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    Opinions on this gong / hammer setup

    I suspect my clock strike is too loud, and at times it has a rattled / distorted element to it. Looking at various bits of advice, I see that a gong should be struck at the flat section closer to the block. Id like some opinions please on what I have here and how it might be addressed. I have...
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    Novice Questions About Rack Strike

    Thanks folks! It is indeed a half hour striker! I tried lifting the lifting rack a tad higher as it approached the half hour pin, and sure enough it went into "warning" mode, and then struck once on the half hour. I very carefully adjusted the half hour pin outwards, and after a couple of...
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    Novice Questions About Rack Strike

    Yes I suppose photos are better! I have some pictures provided by the horologist, one mid disassembly. I've circled the wheel that has 2 pins either side, one moves the lifting arm on the hour, one on the half hour. But perhaps I am barking up the wrong tree here, I have little experience...
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    Novice Questions About Rack Strike

    Hi Folks, I have a Dual Fusee Victorian mantel clock (built by a london clockmaker) which has recently been overhauled by a local horologist. Its generally working well but there seems to be an issue with the strike, which Im interested to look at myself - mainly because Im quite technical and...
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    Help with JC Ashwell Carriage Clock From London

    Thanks everyone for your contributions. I have experimented a little but cannot get the clock to run for more than around 8 minutes. After discussing with my mother she recalls my father saying the clock "had that problem for years". So perhaps an overhaul or at least an expert eye is required...

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