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I love the brother in-law quoteDick said:One day you will be winding the inexpensive regulator in your watch room and the main spring click will fail. From there the key will spin wildly and the wings will tear tissue from your hand, throwing it all over the wall. Yes, 31 days worth and probably a blue thumbnail in the deal.
If you want to keep it wound, invite your brother-in-law over once a month to wind the clock.
I am assuming that mainsprings in a barrel are less likely to take a chomp at me than those movements without? Kirbyshutterbug said:I've learned to be cautious with all clocks when I wind them. I think we tend to wind and let the power off quickly to re-grip for the next turn. The sudden jolt to the click rivet is often enough to cause failure. I ease it back for a soft contact and haven't been bit lately ..... but of course eventually a bad click will fail. The other advantage is a possible controlled (or somewhat controlled) letting down of the spring if it happens to you.
And, Kirby, I can testify that when a click goes, pieces of fingers fly! It feels like you stuck your hand into a propeller.harold said:Kirby, barrel or not, there is a lot of power released quickly when a spring or click breaks, and that key starts whipping around.
LOL! That's exactly why I ease it back into the click. If you don't panic, even when the click goes you can control the release somewhat. Hold the key - don't let go! Ease the clock off the wall (if needed) and onto it's back (on a towel if you can, or carpet). Then turn the clock while hanging onto the key. This works with smaller clocks the bestArthur said:And, Kirby, I can testify that when a click goes, pieces of fingers fly! It feels like you stuck your hand into a propeller.harold said:Kirby, barrel or not, there is a lot of power released quickly when a spring or click breaks, and that key starts whipping around.