OH, well that's not good....

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  1. fbicknel

    fbicknel Registered User

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    I came into the office this morning and was greeted with this:
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    Horrors. (Happy Halloween)

    First thoughts, of course:

    The chain snapped. (what? no.)
    The click snapped. (better.. but no.)
    Something snapped and pieces of gear teeth were sprayed over the room. (Hey. It's Halloween...)

    But fortunately it was:
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    I've been visited by the gathering (gloom) pallet ghost!

    Back on the wall and ticking. (The gathering pallet pressed on just a little further than last time.)

    Tick [sic] or treat!
     
  2. fbicknel

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    Funny story: when I was (much) younger, my grandaunt had a tall case clock from the late 18th century. (I have that clock, now... it's on my to-do-when-I-have-more-experience list).

    Anyway, one time when we visited, she said that the clock wouldn't stop striking, you could wind it up and it just kept ringing the bell until the weight was all the way down.

    NOW I know what was wrong with that clock at that time. :)
     
  3. Uhralt

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    It seems you got lucky! You also got lucky that the whole movement didn't fall to the ground. With these heavy weights I wouldn't trust the screw-on movement hanger to hold.....
    Ask me how I know.:oops:

    Uhralt
     
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    Those weights are a bit heavy for that type of hanger, FB! You might have a bigger disaster down the road. You need a movement test stand ;)
     
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    Good afternoon!

    Here's a possible theory: Gathering pallet fell off. The left weight ran all the way down to the floor because the clock wouldn't stop striking because the gathering pallet wasn't gathering, and the right weight unbalanced the whole assembly as soon as the left weight came down onto the floor, causing it to tilt on the movement hanger. Guessing there would basically be no damage at all.

    "It's as much about the 'rocking' as about the ticking and the tocking."

    Best regards!

    Tim Orr
     
  7. fbicknel

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    Ok... how do you know? :)
     
  8. Uhralt

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    That's probably what happened. I do wonder, though, how the chain came off the wheel. Was there nothing to prevent the end of the chain getting inside the movement and off the wheel?

    Uhralt
     
  9. Uhralt

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    Personal experience. Rather painful.
    Wanted to say DON'T ask me...
    Uhralt
     
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    no; there's a ring on the end of the chain, but it apparently goes right through the bare movement. A (smaller) hole in the seat board is insurance against the same thing happening in practice.
     
  11. kinsler33

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    Ew. As bad as that looks, I think everything was probably fairly safe.

    I've had problems with loose Hermle gathering pallets. If the gathering pallet itself gets lost after falling off you've got a good deal more work to do, though that hasn't happened for quite a while now.
     
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