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Salsagev

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What’s your least favorite (pit) part of clock collecting/repair? Curious to know some answers as there are usually no “everything good” about anything.
 
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Hearing rattling/rolling noises coming from a clock that just came from shipping, by far.
 
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Ooh, very true. That’s not only a pit but it scares the crap out of me especially dealing with chime clocks (most likely means instruments have broken.)
 

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Receiving a clock for repair and finding a disaster of botched repairs, blobs of solder and broken or missing pieces! Then having to explain to the customer, the mess you have to clean up to be able to return a reliable clock and correct repairs performed!
 

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Receiving a clock for repair and finding a disaster of botched repairs, blobs of solder and broken or missing pieces! Then having to explain to the customer, the mess you have to clean up to be able to return a reliable clock and correct repairs performed!
I thought they were all like that.
 

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One of my least favorite parts of repair is having to set the beat of clock. Just hope you bend it the right amount.
 

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Funny story,
In a repair class one time. We got to the point where everyone (first time students) were setting up movements in their test stands. The look of sheer happiness on faces to see their movements run. One of the students, a friend on mine, was elated that his movement was running so well. He went to the kitchen to wash his hands and I took the opportunity to reach over and stop the movement. The look of disappointment on his face was so worth it when he saw that it has stopped. Priceless. Good laugh afterwards as well.
 

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Funny story,
In a repair class one time. We got to the point where everyone (first time students) were setting up movements in their test stands. The look of sheer happiness on faces to see their movements run. One of the students, a friend on mine, was elated that his movement was running so well. He went to the kitchen to wash his hands and I took the opportunity to reach over and stop the movement. The look of disappointment on his face was so worth it when he saw that it has stopped. Priceless. Good laugh afterwards as well.
Oh how cruel!

Nice to see pranksters in a hobby like this!
 

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Receiving a clock for repair and finding a disaster of botched repairs, blobs of solder and broken or missing pieces! Then having to explain to the customer, the mess you have to clean up to be able to return a reliable clock and correct repairs performed!
What Jmeechie Said
 
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i'm split between:

- the excitement of opening the package containing the clock you've been waiting for, only to find irreparable damage due to lamebrain under-packing

- the horrible feeling when accidents happen... like the escape wheel you're buffing getting caught and ending up embedded in the sheetrock wall like a shuriken, or snapping off a pivot, or (having no prior clue) pushing sideways on aa balance wheel and breaking the staph.
 
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Taking a movement that has been running for a week or two and putting it in the case, after 4 days or so it stopes, flick the pendulum and off it goes, stop it and wind/pull weights and start again. This time it stops after 5 days, nothing for it but to take it out and check over everything. Next put it the test stand waiting for it to stop again and it does not. Next put it in the case and it stops after 5 days. It does not happen often however I have a few like that, drives me nuts. We all get there in the end, however it is sometimes a long road.
 

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Tossing out an un-repairable cheap quartz 400 day clock months after the owner died, only to learn that the family wants it back. :oops:
 
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