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Bushing American Antique Clocks

June 28, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Bushing American Antique Clocks

I prefer American made KWM size bushings of 1.8 millimeter height for for the train wheel pivots of antique American mantel, wall and shelf clocks with open mainsprings (clocks made by makers such as Ansonia, Ingraham, New Haven, Seth Thomas, Waterbury, etc). Commonly needed bushing sizes are L-41 through L-45, and L-88. The bushing is […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

What to do when all the chime notes sound “thunky”

June 28, 2007 | By | Reply More
What to do when all the chime notes sound “thunky”

A customer received a new Hermle chiming wall clock, and when it chimed or struck, all the notes sounded bad because the hammers were too close to the chime rods. The fix was simple: Tighten the four nuts on the back of the case, Slightly loosen the two Phillips head screws on the back of […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

New Windup Alarm Clocks

June 24, 2007 | By | Reply More
New Windup Alarm Clocks

Every now and then, a viewer sees the Westclox history on the ClockHistory.com web site and assumes that we are affiliated with the maker of Westclox clocks. They then proceed to give their complaints about the quality of windup alarm clocks made today. Someone sent several e-mails to one of my co-researchers, got annoyed at […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Things a Clock Repair Shop Should Not Do to Antique Clocks

June 24, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Things a Clock Repair Shop Should Not Do to Antique Clocks

Do not use screw-in or screw-on bushings. A clock must be taken apart to properly install bushings in worn pivot holes. Do not routinely replace mainsprings. A new mainspring can be as likely to break as the old, original one. If the original mainspring has been operating well for 100 years, it is likely to […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Friction Bushing Systems

June 23, 2007 | By | Reply More
Friction Bushing Systems

Two friction bushing systems are widely available – KWM and Bergeon. The KWM is preferable due to the smaller outside diameter (less material removed from the clock plate, yet the bushing has enough material to be strong). Also, the KWM bushings for American clocks are available with longer pivot area (some of the Bergeon bushings […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Listening to Clock Chiming and Striking on Web Site

June 23, 2007 | By | Reply More
Listening to Clock Chiming and Striking on Web Site

I recently added chime and strike sounds of many of the Hermle and Chelsea clocks to the Bills Clockworks web site. It was challenging to record the sounds and have them sound realistic. The microphone had to be located close to the clock (about 8″ away) or else too much background noise was picked up […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Merritt’s Mainsprings P1496

June 19, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Merritt’s Mainsprings P1496

I received a new batch of P1496 mainsprings (3/4″ x .0165″ X 96″) from Merritt’s antiques. They are made by a different supplier than the ones I wrote about recently. The ones I really like come packaged as follows: Each spring is wrapped in oiled paper, then in a plastic bag, then in a red, […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

400 Day Clock Setup

June 19, 2007 | By | Reply More
400 Day Clock Setup

400 day clocks have a very thin flat wire (about 2 – 4 thousands of an inch thick), called the suspension spring or suspension wire, that the pendulum hangs from. You must be gentle with these clocks to avoid damaging the suspension spring. This web page has some original 400 day clock instruction sheets: 400 […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Mainsprings for Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock

June 15, 2007 | By | Reply More
Mainsprings for Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock

I just overhauled a Seth Thomas called “The Giant, No. 2” shown in Tran Duy Ly’s Seth Thomas book as being made ca. 1904. The movement is 8 day time and strike with inside escapement and is labeled 8 1/4 (this movement model was later called no. 89 and was made in several pendulum lengths […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Correcting the Hour Strike on Modern Clocks

June 15, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Correcting the Hour Strike on Modern Clocks

On modern German clocks, such as Westminster chiming wall, mantel and grandfather clocks (by makers such as Hermle, Howard Miller, Bulova and Ridgeway), it is easy to correct the clock if it is striking the wrong hour after the hour chime. Suppose the clock strikes 6 times but the hour hand is pointing to 7 […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Setting up WordPress

June 14, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Setting up WordPress

When trying to install the Independence Day theme, the following error message appeared: Warning: array_merge() [function array_merge]: Argument 2 is not an array in: …/wp-includes/widgets.php on line 53. Based on the comments on this post: http://www.gudlyf.com/2005/01/14/wordpress-plugin-technotag/feed/ I changed line 53 of wp-includes/widgets.php to: $sidebar = array_merge($defaults, (array)$args); The change casts argument 2 to the array […]

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Last updated July 9, 2007

Historical Pricing of Windup Big Ben and Baby Ben Alarm Clocks

June 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Historical Pricing of Windup Big Ben and Baby Ben Alarm Clocks

Below are shown some original retail prices of Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben alarm clocks. Shown in parenthesis are the equivalent prices in 2007 dollars, using the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota online calculator. 1930 Montgomery Ward and Co. Catalog: Big Ben and Baby Ben leg model plain: $3.25 ($39.99) Big Ben and Baby […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Mainsprings for American 8 Day Clocks

June 12, 2007 | By | 13 Replies More
Mainsprings for American 8 Day Clocks

Many American antique clocks with open (not in a barrel) mainsprings use a “standard” mainspring of 3/4″ wide and approximately 18 thousands of an inch thick. There is a lot of variation in these springs between manufacturers, and across clocks made by the same manufacturer. I will comment more on these variations later. In general, […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Query Caching Using query($sql) Breaks getNumRows()

March 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Query Caching Using query($sql) Breaks getNumRows()

I am using Cakephp 1.1.11.4064 and a Postgresql database. I was having trouble in my application where the value returned from getNumRows() was incorrect in certain places. The problem turned out to be Cake’s query caching. Example code $sql_1 = “sql statement 1;”; $parent_result_1 = $this->query($sql_1); . . . Lots of code here . . […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013