Oiling Mainwheels

Dodsworth

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Grandfather Mainwheels. Where does one oil these?
 

Mike Phelan

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If this is an 8-day longcase then oil on the clicks and their pivots. As said, we do need pictures, though as I've no idea what clocks you are referring to.
 

Dodsworth

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If this is an 8-day longcase then oil on the clicks and their pivots. As said, we do need pictures, though as I've no idea what clocks you are referring to.
It was my understanding one only adds oil to parts which move 24/7 and grease to the parts which don't.
 

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Can you provide a picture showing those points or pivot where the oil is applied?
A photo of the clock you are asking about would be better. Every clock movement is different. With your photo, we can use it to show you the exact spots where you need oil.
 

Dodsworth

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My camera is broken. It is just your normal Grandfather clock chain main. Other than putting oil on the pivots when assembled I wanted to know if there is any place on that mainwheel which needed lubricated especially after being ultrasonically cleaned and rinsed with water and then dried. After this cleaning mains need some lubrication.
 

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I only oil the two pivots at the plates. Some oil the click but I do not. If cleaned well a dried and there is no rust, they should function indefinitely.
 

Willie X

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If it has a pinned tension washer on one end, that can use a little oil at the friction point, as can the sleeve that the chain wheel turns on. Also, a little oil where the wheel spokes rub against the side of the chain wheel. These parts don't wear to much but they can develop a squeak and make your clock harder to wind.

I'm assuming you took this all apart?

Willie X
 
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Dodsworth

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If it has a pinned tension washer on one end, that can use a little oil at the friction point, as can the sleeve that the chain wheel turns on. Also, a little oil where the wheel spokes rub against the side of the chain wheel. These parts don't wear to much but they can develop a squeak and make your clock harder to wind.

I'm assuming you took this all apart?

Willie X
That is why I am asking Willie X!
There had been one instance after rebuilding a movement the weights were very hard to pull up and there were some squeaks so while I had it apart I felt it wise to pose this question because I have always heard do not oil any part of the mains.

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As Will said in #13.
As I see it's now an 8-day LC i put a smear of turret clock oil on the click pivots and ratchet teeth but it's not the end of the world if you choose not to.

Now you can go back to repairing your camera ...
 
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If it helps, the pivots and their arbor are sometimes referred to as "axle points". Just two on each wheel. Never oil teeth except on the escape wheel, and then VERY moderately.
 

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