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American Barr/Poole hip toggle adjustment ? Help


Registered User
Dec 15, 2011
I have 2 Barr clocks, I just made new contacts for the one,,,it runs and keeps time but a couple questions

1) it seems to cycle every 20 seconds, how to I increase that ?

2) how do you properly adjust the contact screws ? I have them so they both touch at the same time but what is the proper way to adjust ?



Registered User
Dec 15, 2011
Do you mean make it a longer time or do you mean make it a shorter time.
Tinker Dwight
Well ive heard that it should run a minute before cycling,,,so Id like to get it to where it should be,,,also would like to understand what adjusting the contact screws does and where they should be

Ditto Designs

Registered User
Apr 3, 2004
The Poole clock differs in design than a "regular" pendulum movement, and there are a couple of things to consider when setting up the contacts and optimizing the performance to max out the interval between impulse arm resets.
1. The pendulum drives the gear train through the interaction of the non-escape wheel... the drive mechanism is the interaction of the pawls into the pins on the escape wheel. There is no equivalent to the normal concepts of lock, drop etc - it basically brute forces the escape wheel to move. With that in mind there is really no putting into beat in the normal sense, but you do have to consider the "beat" of the interaction of the impulse arm to the pendulum crutch.... the key to optimizing the transfer of energy to the pendulum is maximizing the drop of the impulse arm and this in part is accomplished by setting the contact screws to the proper position.
2. Simply back out both screws so there is no possibility of electrical contact... manually reset the impulse arm to it's locked position, and start the pendulum swinging. Start with ONE of the contact screws, and give it a 1/2 turn towards the upper contact. If the contact fails to make when the impulse arm is tripped by the toggle, start the process again, by resetting / and giving the contact screw another 1/2 turn until the clock mechanism resets itself properly and repeatedly....then give the screw an additional 1/4 turn for insurance.
3. Take a small piece of cello tape and insulate the contact portion of the screw that you just adjusted. Now do step # 2 above while adjusting the second contact screw.... this way both screws are set at exactly the same trigger point. Remove tape when adjustments are complete.
4. A trick I found to setting the "actual" beat of this clock is to use the leveling screws, and you'll find a sweet spot where the actual drop of the impulse roller to crutch pin is optimized at the best point of the pendulum arc to maximize the energy transfer to the bob. I found that being off-of-vertical. on my particular clock,by about a 1/4 of the bubble in the base level, changed the period of reset activity from 38 swings to 62... you have to sneak up on it, and try both directions off of vertical to see if there is an improvement. So effectively my clock resets itself about every 49 seconds..
Hope this helps.

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