Barnes and Bartholomew just stopped working

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  1. abe

    abe Registered User

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    I have a Barnes and Bartholomew wooden works 30 hour clock. Last fall it was repaired by a member of NAWCC that lives near me. It ran well and kept good time. Then it stopped. About a month later I had to move the clock and as it sat on my dining room table it started ticking! I put it back in place and it ran great for about 2 months. Last night I noticed it wasn't running.

    I know I have not given you much to go on but what could be causing this? Temperature or humidity changes? Anything simple I should try?


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  2. gleber

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    The first and one of the easiest things to check is whether the clock is in beat, especially if it has been moved. The tick-tock should sound evenly spaced. See Beat Setting 101

    Let us know if that helps.

    Tom
     
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    Two months ago it started running after I moved it. It hadn't been moved since then and stopped running this week.

    I should add that that when I push the pendulum it does not tick at all. This is the same scenario as before.
     
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    Perhaps you could provide some pictures of the movement. This might help the folks who know these clocks
    Jim
     
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    That is an indication of several possibilities.
    1. No power to the escape wheel.
    2. A broken or misaligned part.
    3. Something deeper.

    If you can remove the hands and dial and take some photos, we can probably narrow it down.

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  6. abe

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    Will do! I don't know if I can do it son as we got Memorial Day and next week I'm very busy.

    The funny thing is, this stoppage with no ticking when I move the pendulum is the same thing that happened this fall but then started working later as I stated above.

    Thank you.
     
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    First try a bit of oil on the escape wheel brass pivot hole. Make sure the weight pulleys turn free. There are a dozen or so other possibilities including damaged wheel teeth.

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  8. abe

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    Update: I have been too busy to take the hands off and the dial off . I had a few minutes Sunday morning as I was waiting for my wife to get ready to travel to my sister's house. I picked up the clock and set it on the dining room table hoping that it would begin running as it had before. I moved the pendulum. But nothing. No tick, no tock.

    So I put the clock back on the dry sink where it belongs. I did not move the pendulum. About 15 minutes later I'm in the kitchen and I here a clock chime. I look to see if it is my Thomas Lister tall case clock. It's not. I look in the dining room and lo and behold! The wooden works clock is running! I set the time and we leave to visit my sister and brother 3 hours away. We get home at 10:45 and the old Barnes and Bartholomew is running and keeping accurate time! This morning I wind it and tonight at 11:00 it is still keeping time!

    I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth but what is causing this?
     
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    Hard to say, but I wouldn't rule out Gremlins.

    Also as a general Clocks 101 rule, you should never move a clock with the weights and pendulum attached.

    Tom
     

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