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Best method to set up fusee during reassembly?

woodlawndon

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I am reassembling a fusee movement on an early dial clock and not being experienced in this type I am wondering the best method to set up. What I mean is: do you wrap all the chain around the fusee barrel or the spring barrel while it's let down? Or is there another method such as a couple of wraps around one or the other to begin.

Hope this is clear, if not I'll try another explanation if required. Thanks.
Don
 

Jerry Kieffer

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I am reassembling a fusee movement on an early dial clock and not being experienced in this type I am wondering the best method to set up. What I mean is: do you wrap all the chain around the fusee barrel or the spring barrel while it's let down? Or is there another method such as a couple of wraps around one or the other to begin.

Hope this is clear, if not I'll try another explanation if required. Thanks.
Don
Don
Assuming this is a typical size clock movement, I wind the chain around the spring barrel and hold it in place with rubber bands. After assembly, I connect the chain to the fusee and apply light tension to the chain. From this point, I remove the rubber bands and space the chain in relation to the fusee and then set original tension before winding.

Good Luck
Jerry Kieffer
 
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SuffolkM

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Definitely wind around the barrel (masking tape or rubber bands as Jerry mentions to help keep it in place). If it's a fusee chain then be sure not to introduce any kinks - wind it on under gravity (the chain hanging straight below the barrel as you turn it on, spreading evenly across the width to allow the fusee cone channels to take it up without too much sideways pressure the first time you wind).

Don't forget to tension the spring when you have the clock assembled, just before you begin winding the fusee. Approx 3/4 to 1 turn seems common but it does depend on the spring's condition. If you put too much tension on, the clock will run unevenly, usually too fast towards the 8th day. Too little and the clock may stop early. There's no reason to use lots of extra tension once you've overcome the initial bit of necessary load to get into the linear part of the spring's torque curve.

Have fun! Fusee clocks are wonderful!
 

woodlawndon

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Thanks folks, those tips worked well. All together and running well. Just need to see if it maintains time consistently throughout the wind time.
Don
 
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