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  1. Karl Thies

    A clicking Golden Hour clock

    Another thing to check for is clearance between the glass and the glass retaining ring. I find there is more problems with this binding than the gear ring on the bezel. Replacement glass varies a bit and also if the glue is rather thick for cementing the glass to the gear ring it can bind...
  2. Karl Thies

    Clockmakers Hall of Shame

    Got another shoemakers repair of an old Seth Thomas ships clock with exterior bell. The bell rods are an interesting way to repair the worn out original rods. Someone tell me why people keep painting solid brass cases with brass colored paint. Why???????????????
  3. Karl Thies

    Clockmakers Hall of Shame

    Got this donor movement on Ebay at a good price, but look at how the last repairer did a job on the strike side of a Seth Thomas ships bell clock. I can only guess that he couldn't figure out how to get the eight bells in proper sequence with the levers, and a poor job of wheel repair and...
  4. Karl Thies

    Revere Trouble.

    Here is a little video of the Revere chiming
  5. Karl Thies

    Revere Trouble.

    If it is only a millimeter off, try carefully bending the pin that catches the lever which engages the chime. It is possible it was bent slightly when doing repairs. Careful not to bend it too much or you will nullify the self correcting chime feature.
  6. Karl Thies

    Reamer Handle Question?

    With the proper set screw it can be used with the Bergeon Reamers
  7. Karl Thies

    Sessions Electric Mantel Clock No 182 D J

    Any clock repair shop could do it, or it is also easily DIY. You can get just time or time with electronic chimes.
  8. Karl Thies

    Sessions Electric Mantel Clock No 182 D J

    If you like the looks of the clock, then get a battery fit up movement to replace the( (I assume) original movement. I have deep misgivings about using such an old electric movement, just as I would have misgivings of using a nearly 90 year old toaster. Value of these clocks are very low .
  9. Karl Thies

    Sessions Electric Mantel Clock No 182 D J

    The clock time was started by turning the small second hand on the front clockwise . Unless you could get new coils for this clock I would not trust it as it is probably a fire hazzard in its present condition.
  10. Karl Thies

    Glue for enamel dial repair

    I have used this method on my own collection. First clean all pieces and dial in an ultrasonic bath of new solution. Dry well and I use this glue "Bob Smith Industries cyanoacrylate thick glue" It can be purchase in different drying times. For the spots where there is no pieces to glue, I...
  11. Karl Thies

    How to Disassemble an Ansonia "Crystal Regulator"?

    Although this is true for most Seth Thomas, New Haven, Waterbury and most French Clocks, it is not applicable to Ansonia which have screws attaching the movement to the bezel.
  12. Karl Thies

    How to Disassemble an Ansonia "Crystal Regulator"?

    Exactly, if you wish to remove the outer dial you must disassemble the case to get to the three screws on the bezel which hold the mounting blocks for the movement.
  13. Karl Thies

    How to Disassemble an Ansonia "Crystal Regulator"?

    Remove the gong from the bracket with the two screws. Then remove the hands, and using a thin magnetic screwdriver remove the three screws which hold the movement to the face plate bezel. Using the magnetic screwdriver will allow you to remove and reinstall the screws without disassembling the...
  14. Karl Thies

    Worst Designed Movement?

    For me it is the Gilbert three plate striking movement found in their Crystal Regulators. Nearly impossible to get even mainsprings for them anymore. Plates are too thin, and the pivots too short. When the spring breaks, it takes wheels with it. Second most hated is the Sessions two spring...
  15. Karl Thies

    A clicking Golden Hour clock

    The recommended gear spacing to me seemed sloppy, but it is recommended by the original manufacturer.
  16. Karl Thies

    American any replacement motors available??

    Do not try to stake the motor parts together, they must easily spin freely. Check the condition of the reddish fiber wheel to check for broken teeth or other damage to the fiber.. When cleaning this wheel never soak to wheel, clean with a brush and dry. Many times this wheel is the cause of...
  17. Karl Thies

    American any replacement motors available??

    The motor should disassemble into three parts. The middle section spins back and forth easily to a bumper with felt pad. If you are trying to get the motor to run out of the movement, it will not. On the other plate is another bushing which allows the rotor to spin straight.
  18. Karl Thies

    American any replacement motors available??

    There are no replacement motors available that I know of except by buying a donor movement for a motor exchange/replacement. Why do you need a new motor? These motors are easy to clean and repair. . The top is cleaned like any other clock part. The coil part is cleaned with pegwood on the...
  19. Karl Thies

    A clicking Golden Hour clock

    In speaking with other clock repairers another thing to look for is if the steel gear that the glass sits in is slightly out of round. I have also included a diagram of the proper meshing of the steel gear and the motor gear, sometimes the gears are too close and bind with each other. Just...
  20. Karl Thies

    Ansonia Crystal Regulator springs

    Generally, I would not replace a spring if it is not damaged. If the clock you are working on is an Ansonia Crystal regulator Then the spring size is 3/4" x .012"x 90" for both time and strike. The older springs are a much better quality than the current replacements. The spring is available...

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