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    Bird Cage Clock

    Thanks - rope on order and we will see what the rest looks like when I dismantle the clock. I am ordering the rope now as I need supplies for a different repair job and I live in France but the supplies come from the UK and I try to save on postage etc!!
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    Bird Cage Clock

    I am about to order some rope - the space between the plates of the pulley is 8.00mm -what width of rope would you recommend - 7 or 8 mm? Thanks
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    Fusée Wall Clock

    Hello All - my Fuse is now back in its place on the wall - after working well for over a week on my test bench I put it back in its case and back on the wall where it has continued to run well and keep good time. Many, many thanks to everyone who helped with advice etc to get it working again. I...
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    Bird Cage Clock

    Thanks - I have done quite a lot of whipping mainly for making rope hand supports on staircases; those ropes were thicker but have stood the test of being used constantly many times a day so will certainly try with the clock rope.
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    Bird Cage Clock

    Sorry about photo - old age excuse!! - here it is How do you join the rope? My friend ended up gluing it but that seems a little hazardous to me and it did provide a bump in the rope which will not have helped. Are there any determinants for sizing the rope? - my usual clock parts supplier has...
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    Bird Cage Clock

    Hi novicetimekeeper - here are the weights - the one on the left came with the clock when my friend purchased it and weighs 11lbs - the one on the right is one sold to my friend when he had the clock repaired by a local man and weighs 3.5kgs. The rope has been in use for about 5 years but my...
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    Bird Cage Clock

    Thanks for this - I don't have the weight at the moment but it was given to my friend by a local clock repairer who said the one that was on it was too heavy. I will be looking at the bushes when I start work.
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    Bird Cage Clock

    Thanks Mike - I mentioned the rope as the clock is full of rope dust and the rope is only about 2 years old - perhaps it was the incorrect type of rope. Thank you also for telling me what the striking great wheel is called - I will proceed with caution with such an old clock that isn't mine and...
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    Bird Cage Clock

    Hi - could anyone with experience of repairing a bird cage clock give me some advice please. A friend has asked me if I could repair his early 19C bird cage clock and as I have never worked on such a clock I am wondering if it might be beyond my capability. I have just finished repairing a fusee...
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    Fusée Wall Clock

    With some advice from Simon I may have found a solution. I found a thin brass washer that would sit on the shoulder of the arbour but the first washer was too thick - I found a thinner washer and slightly increased the diameter of the centre hole so that it fitted snuggly on the arbour and...
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    Fusée Wall Clock

    I am wondering how important the size is? The tension spring on long case clocks are a little larger and always as far as I can see made of brass or have a brass coating - I can use a part of an old brass hinge to make one but not sure if I can make it to the exact size - my engineering skills...
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    Fusée Wall Clock

    Thanks Willie - I will try to make a piece from an old mainspring although the current one looks like brass or brass coated. Happy New Year to you too Timbo
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    Fusée Wall Clock

    Thanks -I'll take a look at the diameter of the hole and the size of the arbor shoulder and see if I can get a new one - this one maybe beyond repair
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    Fusée Wall Clock

    Update Simon very kindly cleaned and greased the main spring and reported that it was in good shape. I cleaned the clock but not using US as some of the wheels have very small hairline cracks and I didn't want to cause any further problems. I replaced the fusee metal cord with a new gut line. I...
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    Smiths Wall Pendulum Clock

    It ran on my work bench for 10 days without the hands - now I have added the hands and will see how it goes over the next week. Waiting for the new suspension spring to arrive - held up by customs checks at the border at the moment!!! Thanks again for your advice - if there is still a problem...
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    Smiths Wall Pendulum Clock

    Thanks Shutterbug. While I wait for a new suspension spring with a thinner spring, the clock has been running on my bench continuously for over 60 hours. I will wait until it runs down and then add the hands and video winding the spring. Hopefully the new suspension springs will come before long.
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    Smiths Wall Pendulum Clock

    Thanks to everyone for their comments. The clock has been going now for 24 hours on my workbench, but it has done this before!! Before I take more radical action I am going to buy a new suspension spring. The current one does look a little twisted and was supplied by a clock repairer in France (...
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    Smiths Wall Pendulum Clock

    Thanks for your comments - you can see a video on the link below - if you need another video let me know and I hope you can open it I also attach a photo of the suspension
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    Smiths Wall Pendulum Clock

    I meant to add that one of the things that makes adjusting the pallet cock difficult is that there is no power in the escape wheel unless I move the minute hand - it is therefore very difficult to judge the correct height of the pallets as when I stop moving the minute hand the escape wheel...
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    Smiths Wall Pendulum Clock

    Thanks. It has been striking the hour and half hour correctly. The slipping sound comes when I wind the spring from when it is almost fully unwound - after about 5 or 6 turns it appears to be fine - maybe slipping on the arbor? The pendulum is twisted a little but not sure if the suspension...

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