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Setting Your Clock Ahead to Daylight Saving Time

2014/03/03 | By | 3 Replies More
Setting Your Clock Ahead to Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time in the USA officially starts Sunday March 9, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. You will need to set your clocks forward one hour. I recommend doing this before you go to bed on Saturday night (March 8th) On the majority of clocks, it is okay to set the hands forward one hour. When […]

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Last updated 2014/03/03

Setting your clock back from Daylight Saving Time

2013/10/28 | By | 4 Replies More
Setting your clock back from Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time in the USA officially ends Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. You will need to set your clocks back one hour. I recommend doing this before you go to bed on Saturday night (November 2). The U.S. Department of Transportation also reminds Americans to change the batteries in their smoke detectors […]

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Last updated 2013/10/28

Schatz 1000 Day Clock from 1956 with Original Instructions

2011/09/29 | By | 2 Replies More
Schatz 1000 Day Clock from 1956 with Original Instructions

I recently repaired this Schatz 1000 day clock. It is dated 10 56 (October 1956) on the rear of the movement. This clock has its original instruction sheet, with both English and German instructions See more photos. Repair job 5559.

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Last updated 2011/09/30

Do Not Unwind Your Clock if You Think It Is “Wound Too Tight!”

2010/02/19 | By | 2 Replies More
Do Not Unwind Your Clock if You Think  It Is “Wound Too Tight!”

If your clock has stopped working and you think it is “wound too tight”, DON’T TRY TO UNWIND IT! You will just break it worse. I just received a Schatz 400 day anniversary clock that was made in April 1953. Someone pushed on the “click” (the device that clicks as you wind the mainspring). It […]

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Last updated 2013/12/22

Instructions for Japanese Quartz Chime Clock Movement Model MT-13005

2009/01/11 | By | 34 Replies More
Instructions for Japanese Quartz Chime Clock Movement Model MT-13005

Movement model number MT-13005, made in Japan. This movement has a number of buttons for setting the time and chime, below are scans of the four page instruction sheet. The movement dimensions are 4 inches by 3 7/16 inches. The instruction sheet has a date code 79.5.1 (May 1, 1979). The back of the movement […]

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Last updated 2009/11/26

My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

2008/02/23 | By | 1 Reply More
My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

Lately several people told me me that their 400 day anniversary clock was “wound too tight”, and that they tried to fix it by unwinding the spring! Trying to unwind the spring is DANGEROUS (unless you are experienced at clock repair and have the proper let-down key). If you try to unwind the spring, YOU […]

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Last updated 2013/12/22

How Not to Clean a Clock Movement!

2007/10/07 | By | Reply More
How Not to Clean a Clock Movement!

I had an Ansonia iron case mantel clock for sale in my shop. It ran, but needed to be overhauled, which I planned to do when someone bought it. A man who tinkered with clocks came in and bought it it as-is, wanting to repair it himself. It was a Friday afternoon. Monday morning he […]

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Last updated 2007/10/07

A Cheap (But Costly) Repair Job

2007/09/03 | By | 1 Reply More
A Cheap (But Costly) Repair Job

A customer brought me a beautiful E. N. Welch walnut kitchen clock he had just purchased at an auction. It had a fantastic original painted dial, a great looking nickel plated bezel, and a pretty case that just needed cleaning. I examined the movement and said that it needed to be overhauled because one of […]

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Last updated 2007/09/10

Putting an American Antique Clock in Beat

2007/07/29 | By | 2 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 2014/03/04

Things a Clock Repair Shop Should Not Do to Antique Clocks

2007/06/24 | 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 2009/11/28