- Oct 14, 2020
I would like to know if it is advisable to attach helper springs to the upper or lower lifting lever arbor or both? Thanks
Great. I think it will help in my situation (Ingraham kitchen pansy clock). One other question, why does it seem that the S3 wheel/maintenance incurs more wear and tear than the other wheels? Just seems to be the case in the few clock movements I’ve worked on so far.On a count-wheel clock, these would probably known as the warning lever, which is operated by a cam on the minute-hand arbor, and the count wheel, which is lifted by the warning lever and is in charge of locking and unlocking the strike train. If your strike count seems unreliable, it's not a bad idea to add helper springs, and it never seems to hurt anything. I think I use #26 spring brass wire--really thin stuff.
Can you tell us which one of Conover's books, and on what page he describes a "wire spring winder"?Thanks a lot as this helps. I am making a wire spring winder after reading about it in S. Conover’s book and before I attach springs to the striking arbors I wanted to check with folks who know.....gracias.
I’ll give this a try using wood. ThnxAll you need is a length of round stock, or a wood dowel somewhere between 1/8" and 3/16". The size of the winding tool will vairy with the springeyness of your wire. Cut a thin slot in one end to hold the wire, and spin the tool with your fingers while holding a tension on the wire. Ten turns is about right, easier to shorten it a bit than to make a another spring. The spring should be loose on the arbor, loose enough that it will slide off, if the arbor is held vertical.
You do not need any kind of crank, unless you are making much heavier springs than this. Willie X
Thanks. I was thinking "spring winder" as in mainspring winder where in some cases a wire can be used to hold the main wheel so the mainspring can be wound without any tools. Helper springs can also be wound around an arbor using a lathe (hand powered).Page 89 in Striker Clock Repair Guide.
Drill a 1/16" hole through a largeish nail near the head.
It's a bit risky trying to relocate the "anchor" / hook from unlocking / warning lever shaft to the single post without bending or braking the hook. I will have to disassemble the clock again (at least partially). For the sake of this test, I simply lifted the hook from the lever shaft and held it with one finger while lifting the counter wheel lever. It worked flawlessly. I synchronized it with the hour & minute hands, rotated the minute hand from 1hr to 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5. The counter lever did exactly what it was supposed to do. Thank you for your help Jim. I will do "musical ride" test tomorrowHello Times,
If you are going with one, do the count wheel lever. The second lever in the series will control the first. Many a time, when I was transporting a clock in the car with the clock on its back, it would start striking at the smallest car jiggle. Makes for a musical ride.