Author Archive: Bill Stoddard

My name is Bill Stoddard, and I like to repair clocks, document the history of Westclox and their clocks and watches, design web sites, and program in PHP. Professionally, I operate Bill's Clockworks, where I repair American antique clocks and 400 day anniversary clocks; and sell new wall, mantle, chime, cuckoo and other types of clocks, and a few antique clocks.

My other joys include being with my family, bicycle riding, singing in church choir, and vintage hi-fi and LP records.

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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 | 73 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

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