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  1. Scottie-TX

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    Yain't gonna beleive this; Well maybe a few will. I fixed this clock in my sleep. No I cannot say for a fact I was sleeping but I certainly wasn't coherent as one would normally wanna be to fix a clock.
    It's one of them shelf sitter BUCO wags with a verge escapement and tensator spring. I guess I've had it for six months or more. I gave it the royal treatment as I would any other but on completion found it wouldn't sustain motion. It would stop mysteriously for no apparent reason. I forgot how often I dismantled and reassembled it after making adjustments that did seem to improve it but not 100%. Finally I started marking pinion leaves. I was certain of a meshing problem but the problem continued to elude me. Set aside for over a month as I thought about it, still couldn't muster motivation to return.
     
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    #2 Scottie-TX, Nov 24, 2013
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    Thur. morn bedded down as usual about 2:AM I guess. Laid there a long time; couldn't sleep. Got up, piddled around and back to bed about 3:AM. Same deal . Still no sleep. ~ 4:30 A.M. I'm laying there thinking: "I'm gonna fix that clock!" I am. I'm gonna!
    So I get up, dismantle clock far as needed, found the problem VERY quickly and reassembled, working flawlessly on a half revolution of winder. Entire process took less than an hour.
     
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    #3 Scottie-TX, Nov 24, 2013
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    First I studied lash between drive wheel and T2 pinion. I'd rock T2 against the drive wheel testing lash for several revolutions. There was ALWAYS sufficient lash - a few thou or more. Then I rocked T2 against the escape wheel pinionl. VOILA!
    I found ONE place where lash was ZERO. Nada. That's it. No doubt. Moved the two apart a few thou and done.
    Back to bed. Clock fixed - in my stupor of failed sleep. Sleepworking - may not be for everyone.
     

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    And when you wake up tomorrow you'll find it all to be a dream..zzz..................... Nice one
     
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    Scottie,

    I can understand completely.
    All my life I have been interested in mechanical things. (cars, clocks, engines, electrical gadgets, etc.) Many of my best accomplishments have been while I slept. Wake up from a dead sleep with the answer to my mechanical problem as clear as can be. Let it go, sleep on it, problem solved.

    Will
     
  6. Kevin W.

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    Good going Scottie, you worked out the problem. With me when i get tired i cant see obvious problems. Glad it worked out for you.
     
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    The secret is thinking the problem over while you doze off. The solution will usually wake you up, and you just have to get up to make it happen :)
     

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