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    Sweat Soldering?

    I've found solder paste very useful where a only really small amount needs to be applied. H
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    Attention new members, please read this.

    Re: Better advice Blimey - absolutely no dissing was intended at all. I thought I'd bent over backwards to say how much I appreciated the site and the help you all offer. I couldn't quite believe it when I first found it. I am astonished that anyone read it that way. All I was trying to do was...
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    Attention new members, please read this.

    Re: Better advice Could I have a couple of pence worth as a newbie punter? I think correct terminology is very important, and I like to use it whenever I can, and also hate talking like an idiot ("It's that bent bit of wire that sticks out of the big wheel", etc etc) so I looked early on at...
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    Flies

    Blimey, guv, yer all gents on 'ere far as I'm concerned- them as not's ladies, of course. 'elping aht us ignoramuses? Course yer gents!
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    Flies

    I noticed on another thread a reference to a fly having been soldered up, and the tone of the comment was that this was something no gentleman would ever do. Could someone explain why the leaf isn't made to be solid with the pinion and shaft? Is the idea that under some circumstances it should...
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    Premature cuculation?

    Yep, that fixed it. Once you'd made me see how it was supposed to work, then it was obvious and simple. Thanks again! Cheers, Henry
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    Premature cuculation?

    I think it helps a great deal- I can't check right now as I have to go out. I didn't realise A would fall off the minute hand cam, lower the hump, and release the pin that way. I have been seeing the wire with the hump being lifted yet more until the pin falls off the bottom of it. What you say...
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    Premature cuculation?

    Nice of you to keep thinking about this- I appreciate it. I think it's all to do with the release. As I said earlier, I had to repair the bronze lever, which was worn away where the pin struck it, and although I thought I kept to the original dimension quite well, something has gone out of...
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    Premature cuculation?

    No, either it comes out early or not enough. My post #11 explains as well as I can. I don't think it's this adjustment that's the problem. I need to understand better what's supposed to happen with the release.
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    Premature cuculation?

    Yes, I do. I appreciate that the door wire limits the rearward travel of the bird.
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    Premature cuculation?

    I entirely get what you're saying- the nearer the post end of the pin the vertical rod touches, the greater movement it will produce. I had done that. No, there is clearly something else, more serious, wrong and it's frustrating that I can't undertsand it- and that others are trying to explain...
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    Premature cuculation?

    I’m still stuck, I’m sorry to say. I can’t get an adjustment that doesn’t cause the cuckoo to start to emerge before the strike and at the same time gets it out of the door properly when it does strike. There doesn’t seem to be enough range. The picture shows the train at rest, with the pin...
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    Premature cuculation?

    Thanks. I think I haven't been subtle enough in my adjustments. I see now that GP stands for gathering pallet. Don't think I've got one of those as it's not a rack mechanism.
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    Premature cuculation?

    Much here I don't really understand, I'm afraid. The warning run is when the bronze lever (B) lifts enough for the pin to drop off it and let the wheel run briefly until it is stopped again by a lever connected with lever A in my picture, isn't it? I've never understood why it's designed...
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    Premature cuculation?

    Me cuckoo comes out too soon and I can’t stop it! (Heaven only knows what that Texan fellow is going to say…) I’m not sure how the thing is really meant to operate, never having seen it working properly (or, indeed at all). But if I adjust the system so that the cuckoo comes out fully and goes...
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    Novice struggling with escapement.

    Just say thanks again, gents. I 'm learning a great deal from all this. It tremendous that you're prepared to spend time on edumacating-as a friend of mine always puts it - novices like me. Now it's back to the cuckoo. Vile thing. Regards, Henry
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    Novice struggling with escapement.

    Gentlemen, thank you very much. All tremendously helpful, even if I had to Google RCH (really! You Texans!). I fully understand about the thing being properly made in the first place, and on clocks where I've (wisely) left the escapement well alone despite it looking very worn, I've been...
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    Novice struggling with escapement.

    Thanks. I'm far too embarrassed to show you all a photo. I'll have you know my stone is the finest quality US of A Arkansas stone with a Bergeon label! Seriously, what would be the best thing to polish it with?
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    Novice struggling with escapement.

    I’m working on a 1950s mantel clock, British and looking at escapement problems for the first time. Despite reading up –de Carle, Penman, Gazeley, I don’t really get beyond trial and error. This thing has a recoil escapement with the solid type of anchor. I thought the scape wheel looked a bit...
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    Perpetual Motion found!

    I've often wondered whether it was ok to let the movement run without the pendulum like this? Can it do any harm? Or is it a good sign that the escapement can run without the extra momentum of the pendulum?

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