Howard Tower Clock Running Fast

Discussion in 'Tower, Monumental & Street Clocks' started by William Shoucair, May 28, 2019.

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  1. William Shoucair

    William Shoucair Registered User
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    I am maintaining our town's Howard tower clock (model # 1 roundtop strker) and it's running quite fast - picks up about 4 minutes a day - I've turned the timing knob on top of pendulum quite a bit counter-clockwise but there is not much screw thread left. Any other way to slow it down? Remove some weight?
     
  2. Uhralt

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    It depends on the type of escapement the clock has. If it is a recoil escapement, less weight will slow it down. A deadbeat escapement will likely not slow down considerably but just stop if there is too little power.

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  3. William Shoucair

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    It must be a deadbeat - the anchor sides are equal and I seen no backward recoil. Wouldn't a a Howard tower clock from 1902 be a deadbeat?
     
  4. bruce linde

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    photos? what’s the weight made of? any chance a piece came off?

    when did you notice the change in accuracy?
     
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    Or perhaps the pendulum was altered some time in the past?
    I'll move this to the tower clock forum for more input.
     
  6. Jim DuBois

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    Yes, E. Howards are deadbeat escapements. Usually, there is also an adjustment or regulation knob on the bottom of the pendulum bob. They are not often used, there maybe a screw through the bob that clamps into the shaft. It must be released before using the rating nut on the pendulum bottom.

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  7. bptanguay

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    Where is the clock located?
     

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