Wooden works weight cord

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  1. I have a Seymour, Porter, & Williams wooden works pillar & scroll clock that needs new weight cords. This clock is an Eli Terry "Patented" clock. I replaced the rotted cord with a 'spun' nylon line to get it running but need something more suited to the historical lineage of the clock. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    Paul
     
  2. Oops, sorry... navigastion error. Should have posted this in repair category.

    Paul
     
  3. harold bain

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    Paul, I use a braided nylon fishing cord rated at 75 pounds test. May not be exactly what was originally used, but should last longer than the original likely did
     
  4. Sooth

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    I also use nothing but braided Nylon cord.

    Sure, it's bright white, but think of it this way:

    It's close to the correct size used originally.
    It's stronger, and less likely to break, and cause damage to the clock.
    You can burn/melt the ends to keep it from fraying.
    And it's also very easy to find, and easy to replace.

    I use the same cord on all my clocks. Both 30 hour (brass and wood), and 8 day ones.
     
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    An' I don't wanna steal his topic but I also am searching in vain for - not really cord - but ROPE. These little foliots I've become addicted to: They never have their weight cord. Its a very odd size. 1/4" is too big; It rides too high on the pulley. Nylon would not be good because the pulley in large, requires the friction of the cord. So this would be like mama's old washline but a tad thinner. Any ideers? TNX!
     
  6. Paul H

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    Paul;

    I only use the braided nylon cord from the clock supply houses as well. This goes for any weight driven shelf clock I come across.

    If you have an objection to the color of the cord, perhaps you should dye it brown before using it.

    Paul H
     
  7. harold bain

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    Sooth, the fishing line I use is green. Another source for this stuff is venetian blind cord. Looks to be about the same stuff as what I use. Haven't had one break on me yet:)
    Scottie, 3/16 nylon rope, the stuff they use on boats, might be what you need.
     
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    Great idea, HAROLD.
    That's one place I haven't checked.
    Yeah. I'll drop in at a boat shop. Mebbe THEY'll teach me the ropes. Thanks!
     
  9. Tom Kloss

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    Time Saver catalog # 32 page 48 shows a few cords that you might consider.

    Tom :cool:
     
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    GREAT ideer KLOSS!
    I'll look into that. 4 - 5mm would be VERY close. We gotsa regional coming up in a coupla weeks. Mebber they'll show up with it. Thanks!
     
  11. Grant Perry

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    Great ideas.
    I use a braded linen cord that has a light coating of wax. It comes in different sizes and strengths and works well as a replacement. I buy it at a bead store in town. It is used to make necklaces and bracelets. It comes in black and a few other colors.
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  12. WOW... lots of good ideas... thanks for the input. Guess my substitution was ok; it just felt a little "unoriginal"

    Paul
     
  13. John Webb

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    I used braided nylon until one of the 6 lb. weights in my 8-Day Welch Ogee came crashing down just as it reached the top. I switched to a round synthetic cord that Merritts sells click here
    It's great stuff.

    John
     
  14. Barrymac

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    I use a solid nylon cord from Home Depot called "OOK"(perhaps there are other brands). It comes in different strengths. I have it on all my weight driven clocks, including my Howard Watchman's clock. I have never had a problem with it.
    Barry
     

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