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American Clock Cleaning

August 23, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
American Clock Cleaning

After a clock movement has been repaired, it should look like it has always been well taken care of, and not show obvious signs that it has been “repaired”. As part of this, the cleaning process should not be harsh. For typical American antique clocks, I use “Historic Timekeepers” cleaning fluid (available from Timesavers as […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Early Revere mantel clock striking too many times

August 15, 2007 | By | Reply More
Early Revere mantel clock striking too many times

This note concerns a Revere A/C electric mantel clock with 60 RPM Telechron motor (yes, 60 RPM or 1 revolution per second) made in the late 1920’s. The movement is 5-3/8 inches tall and 5 inches wide and is labeled on the back: 1334428 1615664 PATENTS PENDING REVERE CLOCK CO. CINCINNATI O. This movement relies […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

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

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

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 | 74 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

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

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