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Barr & Poole Intro to Barr electric cleaning and setting

Chris

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Ok, I just got my first Barr electric (battery) clock at auction today. As usual, someone left batteries in it and the contacts were corroded. I washed it all out with baking soda and water and sanded the contacts down. It now works and impulses, but after only 13 to 16 oscillations, it impulses. I read it should be more like 25 to 40 oscillations. I've never taken one apart before, so what needs to be cleaned to get better impulsing? Thanks!
 

erngrover

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I am no expert on the maintenance of these clocks. Sometimes I hit it; sometimes I miss. A couple of years back I purchased a book on Barr/Poole type clocks, but it was little more than an infomercial. It would be nice if someone could offer a step-by-step guide to getting these little gems back together.

Meanwhile when I come across a stubborn one, I end up sending it out to Dennis Kaye (www.dialrepair.com) in Cary, NC. My most recent problem child had a weak coil. Dennis has the ability/knowledge of either spinning a new coil or adding an amplifier circuit to the existing circuit to give the necessary pulse to kick the pendulum at the right time.


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Hans Vrolijk

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Because these clocks are driven by the falling down of a gravity arm and the resetting of this arm in Chris' clcok is o.k. I 'am sure there is no coil problem here. Often these clocks run better after a couple of days. I do'nt understand why. Levelling is very important and you can screw down the two contacts a little bit, causing the gravity arm to fall deeper. Do'nt oil !
 
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