Howard Miller #150 Westminster Clock Issue

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  1. Air Force Retired

    Air Force Retired New Member

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    I just bought the above clock from a thrift store. Condition if great and it keeps good time. The chimes seem to work as they should, hour, quarter and half hour. The strike is my issue. It will only strike on the half-hour and is striking one hour short of the actual time. I have tried to follow the directions in the manual that came with the clock but it still is not working correctly. I might add that the strike hammers were bent back so it would not strike the rods and I bent them so the clock will now strike. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. MARK A. BUTTERWORTH

    MARK A. BUTTERWORTH Registered User
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    A picture of this will help a great deal.
     
  3. dad1891

    dad1891 Registered User

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    May I ask a question to correctly diagnose your problem? What you are saying above is that the clock chimes 8 notes and then strikes one strike short of the actual time. Then 1/2 hour later, the clock chimes 16 notes and does not strike. Is that correct?
     
  4. kinsler33

    kinsler33 Registered User

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    Sounds like someone has messed with the hands. The hour hand is a slip fit on its shaft, so you can move it to match whatever hour the clock is striking. After that, you can just set the clock normally to the correct time.

    I regret to say that I don't understand the problem with the clock only striking on the half-hour. These clocks should strike on the hour, not on the quarters. If the clock goes through the full four-quarter Westminster chime cycle when the minute hand is down at the 6, then someone put the hour hand on incorrectly. The minute hand is on a square shaft, so remove the hand nut (don't lose it) and then remove and replace the minute hand 180 degrees from its original position.

    M Kinsler
     
  5. shutterbug

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    Moving the hand as M Kinsler explains should fix the strike issue, but might mess up the chime sequence. Lets start with the hand switch and let us know how it goes.
     
  6. Tinker Dwight

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    Once that is done, check it with the hour hand at
    12 and 1 o'clock. This will tell us if there is an issue
    with how it determines the count.
    The hour hand has to be pulled forward to release it.
    The minute hand is usually attached with the nut that you'd
    need to remove.
    Tinker Dwight
     
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