Gustav becker wall clock

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I think I didn't post all photos before. Not to savvy at thos stuff. Purchase clock at garage sale in pieces. Going to try to put it together but was trying to establish age of click.

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Kirby

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According to the John Hubby table it is 1911.
The clock is made in the Austrian branch Braunau.

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Thank you so much. I am hopeful I can get this clock all back together and running. Looks like all the parts are here. The cabinet is missing a piece of trim but looks pretty common profile. Thanks again for the info.
 

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Can you tell me by looking at photo if the weights are threaded correctly. Should the string gi thru the bracket. I have the clock running and keeping good time and the chime is the right sequence.

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Can you tell me by looking at photo if the weights are threaded correctly. Should the string gi thru the bracket. I have the clock running and keeping good time and the chime is the right sequence.

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Unfortunately I cannot be of any help on this one. My GB is not a double weight Vienna. Wish it was though. They are hard to come by.
 

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Can anyone comment as to whether the threads for weights look correct or should the thread go thru the bracket.

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Unfortunately I cannot be of any help on this one. My GB is not a double weight Vienna. Wish it was though. They are hard to come by.
Ok. Thank you for responding. I will post a new thread with this question. I will be posting a pic soon.
 
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They look correct to me. They should hang straight down off the wtnding side of the wheel, then down through the pulley and up to hook that holds them. The brackets are to stop you from winding into the movement. Make sure that the cable is up against the front of the drum and as you wind it the cable should work its way back until fully wound--- no overlap. Overlap means your cable is too long.
 

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Thank you. That makes sense. The thread or string seems to be very old. Any advice as to when this should be replaced or just wait till it breaks. And will any twine of similar make up work.. The weights are a little dented on then end which leads me to believe the string has been replaced at least once in the clocks life. Again thank you for your post.
 

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Any advice as to when this should be replaced or just wait till it breaks.
Please don't do that! :eek: The will be a repair shop near you who has cable or twine to get you sorted.
Don't forget that weight pulley pivots need lubrication as well.
 

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Please don't do that! :eek: The will be a repair shop near you who has cable or twine to get you sorted.
Don't forget that weight pulley pivots need lubrication as well.
Thank you for the post. I will contact the only clock repair place I know about here to see if they have what I need. Thanks again.
 

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My dad had a becker that woke him up while sleeping, and a string broke and the weight knocked the bottom off the clock. Im going to redo all my weight clocks with new stuff.
 

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My dad had a becker that woke him up while sleeping, and a string broke and the weight knocked the bottom off the clock. Im going to redo all my weight clocks with new stuff.
I purchased mine at an estate sale. I think the same thing happened to it. The weights were dented on the bottom and I had to do some minor repair to the cabinet base. I called a couple of clock places here locally but have been unable to find the string for the clock. Also have checked ebay bit I guess my hunting skills are lacking. If you find a place to purchase the string I would appreciate it if you could pass that info along. Thanks for your input.
 

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There are several threads on this forum on cable. The three choices seem to be "gut", braided cable or some of the new fishing lines that some guys really like. Depending on your clocks age and your personal preference you will need to read and choose. Diameter can be important, length is certainly important (no overlapping}. I like braided cable but it has a terrible memory problem. If you take a weight off it will backlash like a fishing reel. The new fishing lines are in many colors and diameters and are very strong but if you go to Pro Bass you have 50 to choose from--good luck.
 

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I looked at a few german weight clocks that had been restrung and im thinking they were last serviced around 10 to 15 years ago from a dated repair shop cars, and the fishing line was already fraying on them. Uve seen fish break lines, so i dont trust it, and im not a fan of the looks, but thats just me. im going with brass cable.
 

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I like your choice, but as I said it does have the one major flaw. Whenever I hang a cable weight clock I have the cables completely unwound and try to start the winding slowly and with the cable tracking nicely along the drum. Once you do this the clocks will go for years without worry but if you take a weight off beware the snarl.
 

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IMO You should take braided Nylon , like the builders use. Metall-either steel on brass/bronce - is not good for the drum.
Burkhard
 
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There are several threads on this forum on cable. The three choices seem to be "gut", braided cable or some of the new fishing lines that some guys really like. Depending on your clocks age and your personal preference you will need to read and choose. Diameter can be important, length is certainly important (no overlapping}. I like braided cable but it has a terrible memory problem. If you take a weight off it will backlash like a fishing reel. The new fishing lines are in many colors and diameters and are very strong but if you go to Pro Bass you have 50 to choose from--good luck.
If i may, just to clarify, the type of fishing line to use is braided line, not monofilament line . The diameter is important, as Carl has stated, and thus 100-150 lb.wt test is appropriate size. As already stated, there is some good discussions of this in the clock repair forums. hope this is helpful.
 
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