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Ive got a clockwork, chiming, wall clock with 3 "winding"

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I've got a clockwork, chiming, wall clock with 3 "winding" positions. It's about 25 years old and is supposed to be a "7 day" wind. However just recently it needs re-winding every 2-3 days and the chiming on the quarters hours is very slow and laborious and sometimes seems to "miss a note" in it's chimes. Any suggestions as to what can be done?... Read full answer
I've got a clockwork, chiming, wall clock with 3 "winding" positions. It's about 25 years old and is supposed to be a "7 day" wind. However just recently it needs re-winding every 2-3 days and the chiming on the quarters hours is very slow and laborious and sometimes seems to "miss a note" in it's chimes. Any suggestions as to what can be done?
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2/21/2012
Mike
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Hi! My name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you. As a clock ages the oils and lubricants become gummy and the chimes start slowing down and then finally come to a stop or it may become dry and the same problem may happen.
It may need cleaning and oiling.

Clock movements are delicate and important features of any clock.
When the movements are dirty, it causes the components to move sluggishly or unevenly.
This makes the clock run slower and, in some cases, may even keep the clock from working.
Cleaning a wall clock is a process you should undertake once every five to 10 years
to keep the interior mechanisms working properly and to remove any dirt or buildup trapped inside the clock. If you would like to try to clean the movement here are the directions for this task it will save you money having to bring it to a clock repair company. First let the clock completly run down.

 

Instructions
Things You'll Need
Screwdriver
12mm brush
Rubbing alcohol
Un-winder
Warm water
Hairdryer
Clock oil

 

1

Remove the pendulum if you have one then the clocks movement with a small screwdriver set out on a cotton towel

 

2
Dip a 12mm paintbrush in rubbing alcohol and slowly brush it over the pinion teeth and pivots.
The rubbing alcohol completely cleans the clock movements, and then naturally evaporates.
Wipe the interior clock movements a second time with the paintbrush and more rubbing alcohol,
making sure you clean all areas.

3
Rub the alcohol-soaked brush over the wheels and pinions. Unwind the springs inside the clock with an un-winder.
Wipe down the springs with warm water, knocking loose any dust or debris stuck on these areas.
Check the clock movements carefully for any spots you may have missed.

4
Direct a hairdryer at the back of the clock and turn it to the lowest setting.
Slowly move the hairdryer around the back of the clock, using the low heat to dry the clock movements.
Once the clock movements are completely dry, turn the hairdryer off.

5
Apply a thin layer of clock oil to all movements inside the clock, including the pivots.
The only areas that don't require oiling are the gears and pinions. Place a small drop of oil on the movements;
the clock will spread that around during regular movement.

 

If you want I can find a clock repair company in your area
let me know your location in the UK and by what major cities and I'll find a few in your area. Thanks Mike

 

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