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CakePHP – Do not name a table “models”!

July 5, 2007 | By | Reply More
CakePHP – Do not name a table “models”!

I’m making a clock model database. Naturally enough, I named one of my tables “models”. Using CakePHP, I could enter data into the table, but neither data validation nor table associations would work. I renamed the table to “item” and everything is fine. Likewise, I suppose, a table should not be named “views” or “controllers”. […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

CakePHP: Many views – one controller

July 4, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
CakePHP: Many views – one controller

If you want multiple controllers to be able to share a view, do this: Put the shared views in the views/common directory Call a shared view like this: $this->render(‘../common/view_name’); Share this post:

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Last updated December 22, 2013

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