"The Time co." quartz cuckoo

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  1. Orbitermonkey

    Orbitermonkey Registered User

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    It does not appear that these movements are available any more. The clock keeps time and has new batteries. It will cuckoo, play music and turn the platform but only one cycle when I pull out the set knob. It will not do it at any other time. It has a photo censor to silence it at night which could be the problem. Have any of you seen one of these in your shop? Any possible solutions? Thanks!
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  2. shutterbug

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    Try bypassing that light sensor and see what happens. Just short across the two wires leading to it.
     
  3. Tinker Dwight

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    #3 Tinker Dwight, Jul 2, 2012
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    Hi
    If you think the cell is the problem, you can short it out and
    see if that makes it work. It is most likely a CdS sensor.
    When light shines on these, the resistance goes down.
    It might be the electronics after the cell. If so, that
    is another issue.
    Be careful when working on the exposed terminals
    of the clock. It is vary static sensitive. Use grounded
    surfaces and a ground strap on your self as well.
    This is especially true when the batteries are removed.
    It is even more sensitive to static. When the battery is
    out and your working on it, it is best to put a shorting
    jumper across the battery terminals.
    I watched a local watch repair blow my wifes watch
    replacing the cell. I don't think the fellow even realized it.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  4. Orbitermonkey

    Orbitermonkey Registered User

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    Thanks shutterbug and Tinker. Great tip on the static sensitivity.
     
  5. oberon

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    Im looking for replacement hands for a "the time co. quartz cuckoo and would like some input please.
     
  6. naidiw3

    naidiw3 Registered User

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    Hi, I have a clock like yours that has light right under the number 12. Does that light in your clock go off during night? If it does do you know how to get that light in my clock to go off? I read that it was a light sensor in some clock so that the clock doesn't co coo during night!! Thanks
     
  7. lkozak

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    I found this site while googling The Time Co. cuckoo quartz clock. I have the same clock as in the previous photo. It still works, all except cuckoo won't come out and tip. All sounds are correct and keeps time well. I have kept it dusted and cleaned regularly. If anyone can give me any advice on how to repair the cuckoo please contact me I would be grateful. I am complete novice, just love clocks of all kinds
     
  8. Ronnie1

    Ronnie1 New Member

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    I have one just like this. Mine cuckoos correctly most of the time but will cuckoo the wrong amount at certain times. Anyone have any ideas?
    Thanks Ronnie
     
  9. Tinker Dwight

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    These have to be sync'd like a count wheel.
    If it gets out of sync, it is usually the switch
    on the center shaft is dirty.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  10. Ronnie1

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    Thanks Tinker Dwight, but it may cuckoo correctly, and then throw a missed cuckoo call number. By the way, how could I clean that switch? Remember, I'm learning. Thanks
     
  11. Tinker Dwight

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    You take it apart and lightly burnish the
    contacts with crocus cloth.
    Tinker Dwight
     

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