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by MtKuile
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: How can we improve The Clock Register?
Topic: Make clocks for technology
Replies: 1
Views: 4379

Re: Make clocks for technology

Hi James. I am interested to look at your book about this project. I am intrigued how you are trying to make self-winding table or wall clocks and why. Of course, the self-winding part is well understood for turret clocks. You might want to get in touch with Chris McKay, an expert on turret clocks w...
by MtKuile
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Clock conservation
Topic: Go anywhere someone will teach
Replies: 3
Views: 5598

Re: Go anywhere someone will teach

James, to help you along finding an answer to your energy distribution question, I would contact the clock tutor, Matthew Read, at West Dean College who might know the answer, put you in touch with someone who can help you further, or turn your question into a research project for a clock student. I...
by MtKuile
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Clock conservation
Topic: should I clean the red brown plates of a Friese staartklok in white spirit?
Replies: 0
Views: 1378

should I clean the red brown plates of a Friese staartklok in white spirit?

I asked my friend Tjeerd whether I could clean the red brown coloured plates of a Friese staartklok in white spirit which is how I normally clean all clock parts including the plates. My concern was that if the red brown paint is original to the clock, it would probably leave the plates once I left ...
by MtKuile
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Clock conservation
Topic: disconnecting two pinned-together clock plates
Replies: 0
Views: 1243

disconnecting two pinned-together clock plates

Tip: You can disconnect two clock plates pinned together by slamming them hard on a wooden block while keeping them skewed vis-à-vis the block's surface. The pins holding the plates together will immediately snap, because one plate is stopped while the other glides on.
by MtKuile
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Clock conservation
Topic: When to replace a mainspring?
Replies: 5
Views: 8982

Re: When to replace a mainspring?

I would try a carbon steel spring from Clockspares. Carbon steel springs have less power than the stainless steel variety which often have way too much power for a spring driven clock.
by MtKuile
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Clock conservation
Topic: When to replace a mainspring?
Replies: 5
Views: 8982

Re: When to replace a mainspring?

That's a difficult question to answer. Depending on your approach you might never want to replace a mainspring. If you think the mainspring is original and you follow the approach of a conservator, you may conclude that the mainspring should never be replaced. If that means that the clock cannot run...
by MtKuile
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Tips and tricks
Topic: replacing damaged ratchet wheel teeth on a longcase clock great wheel
Replies: 0
Views: 1448

replacing damaged ratchet wheel teeth on a longcase clock great wheel

I am working on a longcase clock from 1770 and noticed that two teeth on the ratchet wheel of the going train's great wheel were badly damaged. I decided to replace these damaged teeth, because the risk that one of these teeth would break under the force of the going train's weight worried me. If th...
by MtKuile
Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Tips and tricks
Topic: tic-tac escapements
Replies: 0
Views: 1450

tic-tac escapements

Tic-tac escapements are similar to anchor escapements where the anchor takes the form of a disc with an opening to enclose a number of teeth. It seems to me that only the exit pallet is impulsed. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7prVQiqE2A for a nice illustration.
by MtKuile
Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Tips and tricks
Topic: repairing a longcase clock bell
Replies: 0
Views: 1544

repairing a longcase clock bell

I found this article by Robert Loomes extremely helpful. It explains how to repair a cracked longcase clock bell. See his website: http://www.dialrestorer.co.uk/ QUOTE On this occasion however the bell was cracked. It just wouldn’t ring “true”. However I couldn’t see a crack anywhere. When this happ...
by MtKuile
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Tips and tricks
Topic: tips on pivoting
Replies: 0
Views: 1366

tips on pivoting

Tips on pivoting Tip: If a pivot is too short it will cause scratches on the pivot and increase wear and tear. You can solve this by making oil sink deeper or bring in a new pivot into the arbor. Another way to solve it is to taper the pivot hole from both sides (inside and outside of plate) so tha...