The key did not hit her in the head.

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  1. Dick Feldman

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    #1 Dick Feldman, Apr 13, 2019
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    For many years, I have preached about the dangers of bad click assemblies. Most times those warnings have reached deaf ears. I feel more emphasis is placed on cleaning, oiling and adjusting clock movements rather than them being safe to operate.
    This week my wife tried to do a favor for an old lady by winding a clock that came in for repair. As soon as she put tension on the winding key the click assembly failed. The spinning key tore up her knuckle and bruised the rest of her hand. It took seven stitches to sew her knuckle back together.
    She did not get a blue thumbnail and the key did not come loose and hit her in the head. Sometimes that will happen. She was lucky?
    Asian made clocks by and large are designed with sub standard click assemblies and with oversized springs. Those are a danger to me as a repair person and to the clock owner every time they wind the clock. Some American made clocks came equipped with brass return springs which are equally as dangerous. Click assemblies with wobbling and ill fitting clicks should be remedied. Brass return springs should be replaced with ones made from spring steel.
    Once again, I would suggest EVERY spring powered clock that leaves your bench to have updated and reliable click assemblies.
    Dick

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  2. Kevin W.

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    Sorry this happened to her. It is a warning to all.
     
  3. TEACLOCKS

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    Its happened to me Twice but so far no stitches.
    YET
     
  4. wow

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    Most of the clicks I see for sale are poor quality and have those brass springs Dick mentioned. Is there a supplier that sells good quality clicks or do we have to make them? I just replaced one in a Sessions long drop that had the broken bass spring. The guy brought it in with band-aids on two fingers that were cut badly. He is a minister and I asked him what he said when it happened. He said “Praise the Lord”. LOL!!
     
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  5. disciple_dan

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    Thank you for sharing that Dick. I'm working on 3 Sessions movements now all with brass springs. I know what I'll be doing from now on.
     
  6. bangster

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    Wow! Good advice, Dick. Sympathies to the wifey. :emoji_head_bandage:
     
  7. Time After Time

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    In any case, I always try to remember to relax the wrist before releasing the key. The one time I forget to do so is probably when a click or click spring will fail on me. Hope your wife has a full and speedy recovery with no complications.
     
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    After being whacked once and then reading the excellent advice on this forum about carefully winding a clock, I now always remind myself before inserting the key that as I wind to “make sure the click holds before letting go.” I realize that might not work for a sudden failure, but the words remind me to be careful. Wishing a speedy recovery for your wife.
     
  9. shutterbug

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    I was once in a bad situation on a mantel clock. I slowly released the click and turned it, waiting for it to catch. It didn't. I held the key in place, and wrestled the clock to the floor. Then I could turn the clock around to let the spring down. Took some time .... but no cuts or bruises.
     
  10. mauleg

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    Lordy, that makes me want to get all kinds of lazy and chuck up my letdown tool into the cordless drill...
     
  11. musicguy

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    Wow, hope that heals up soon.


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