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Strike warning wheel problems in old French Clock

August 14, 2007 | By | Reply More
Strike warning wheel problems in old French Clock

I repaired a round French movement made ca. 1790 by Roque, Paris. It is a round time and strike movement about 3-1/2 inches in diameter. It is more delicate and looks more hand made than the typical round mass produced French movement from the mid-1800’s. After repair, the warning wheel kept getting out of synchronization […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Mainsprings for Seth Thomas Adamantine, 89C Movement

August 14, 2007 | By | Reply More
Mainsprings for Seth Thomas Adamantine, 89C Movement

I just overhauled a Seth Thomas 89C movement for an Adamantine mantel clock (my job no.4401). Both the time and strike mainwheels had significant tooth wear. The mainsprings had the ST logo and may be original, and the thicknesses were .071 for the time spring and .073 for the strike spring. To reduce future wear, […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Mainsprings for Seth Thomas Queen Anne, Time and Strike, with Second Hand

August 8, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Mainsprings for Seth Thomas Queen Anne, Time and Strike, with Second Hand

I just repaired a Seth Thomas “Queen Anne” wall clock with time and strike movement. It is a large movement (about 7 1/2 inches tall), much larger and heavier than the standard American movement. In Tran Duy Ly’s book “Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements”, the movement is listed as #85, and the mainsprings are specified […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

New vs. Old Anniversary Clocks

August 2, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
New vs. Old Anniversary Clocks

A man came into my clock shop, and was carefully looking at my 1950’s German anniversary clocks. He asked the price of a Kundo miniature 400 day clock, and I said it was $50 as-is or $325 restored and guaranteed. He asked the price of several similar clocks, and then he said “your prices are […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Ajax In Place Autocomplete Editor for CakePHP

July 29, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Ajax In Place Autocomplete Editor for CakePHP

The Scriptaculous InPlaceEditor and Autocompleter are very useful, and I needed a combination of them: when you click on a field to edit it, the Autocompleter comes up with a list of options, then after you choose an option and click “ok”, the ID of the selected element is sent to the server and the […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Putting an American Antique Clock in Beat

July 29, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Putting an American Antique Clock in Beat

A pendulum clock is out of beat when the ticking does not sound even (or more precisely, when the left tick and the right tick do not occur at the same angle of the pendulum from its point of rest). A clock that is slightly out of beat may run; if the beat error is […]

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Last updated March 4, 2014

Things to check when repairing an antique American clock movement

July 25, 2007 | By | Reply More
Things to check when repairing an antique American clock movement

Here are some things I check or do when repairing an antique American clock movement of the open spring type. Check wear on time and strike mainwheel teeth and record on log sheet. If mainspring arbor hooks have high backs, file down the backside to make it easier to unhook the inner end of the […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Seth Thomas Mantel Clock Glass Sizes

July 13, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Mantel Clock Glass Sizes

Seth Thomas “Woodbury” Chiming tambour mantel clock, catalog no. 1302, model E899-259 (dated 3-11-77 has Hermle movement): 5 3/4 inch convex glass lens Seth Thomas Medbury – 5W Chiming tambour mantel clock (uses #124 movement, dated 50-05): 6 7/8 inch convex glass lens Note: I do not sell clock parts – this information is being […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

400 Day Clock Suspension Spring Sizes

July 9, 2007 | By | 72 Replies More
400 Day Clock Suspension Spring Sizes

A company called Horolovar makes suspension springs for 400 day clocks. Various thicknesses are available. If the spring is too thick the clock will gain time, and if too thin it will lose time Suspension Spring Thickness for Schatz 400 Day and 1000 Day Clocks Schatz clocks have a model number inside a circle on […]

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Last updated April 8, 2012

WordPress Permalink Format

July 6, 2007 | By | Reply More
WordPress Permalink Format

Today I changed my WordPress permalink format to /posts/post_id At first, I used the default date format /year/month/day/post_name but then decided that dates were not useful information in the URL. Next I tried /category/post_name, but the URLs were just too long to look “pretty”. (And I thought that if I ever re-named a post, the […]

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Last updated July 9, 2007