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"The Clock Fixer" Repair of Antique and Modern Clocks

The Clock Fixer - Repair of Antique and Modern Clocks

Repairing clocks in the Denver metropolitan area for over 35 years.  Including Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, and the surrounding areas. We do house calls!

Specializing in:
Early American, German, and English clocks (Hour & 1/2 hour strike clocks)
Cuckoo clocks (both 1, 2, & 3 weight)
400 day/Anniversary clocks
Grandfather clocks (Certified Howard Miller & Ridgway service center)

Tall clocks, Shelf clocks, Wall regulators, School clocks, American banjos, Mantle clocks, Advertising, Animated, Anniversary, Banjo Beehive, Black Mantel, Calendar, China/Porcelain, School House, Kitchen, Longcase/Grandfather, Mission, Mystery, Novelty, Ogee, Pillar & Scroll, Shelf, Skeleton, Steeple, Tambour, Vienna Regulator,

Most manufacturers including Junghans, Schatz, New Haven, Ansonia, Ingraham, Waterbury, Ugos, Hermle, Seth Thomas, Sessions, Kieninger just to name a few!

Junghans Pot Clock

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A semi unusual repair is in the shop.  I call it the "Pot Clock". It is a cooking pot with a Junghans time and strike clock movement installed.

This clock was located in the customer's kitchen hence, a buildup of  kitchen grease was observed on the clock movement.  These are the best clocks to restore because the difference between when the clock was dropped off and when it goes back is significantly different.   Click this link for a short video on the wear of the pivot holes.  There were 14 pivot holes that required rebuilding.

Here we see the movement disassembled and marked.  The marking are the warn pivot holes that will be rebuilt.  Notice all the old dirt and grease layered on the brass plates and wheels.

The next images show the mainspring barrels both before cleaning and after.

Once they are cleaned, it looked like a completely different clock.  This picture shows the mainsprings already installed in the barrels.  The barrel caps seal the mainsprings and the bar…

Session Calendar Clock

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Here we have a nice Sessions time only calendar clock.  The glass has been custom stenciled for the Frontier Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The clock when received was in generally good condition, well taken care of.  Here is a picture as it came through the door and before and work was  performed: To start the repair, the clock hands and face were removed.  The movement was taken out of the case.  The case was set aside to be inspected for loose door hinges, wood cracks, etc.  The case was oiled and the glass cleaned.  This was done during the final phases of the testing of the repaired clock.
This clock has a time only movement with a separate gear set to operate the calendar.  A very simple movement.  There were 5 pivot holes that were worn and needed rebuilding.  All pivots were inspected for wear and polished. This next video is a demonstration of the warn pivot holes.  
Warn Pivot Holes Video
The next image is a picture of the movement with 4 of the 5 pivot holes marked.  T…

Google.com celebrates John Harrison's Birthday

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Google Celebrates Clockmaker John Harrison With A Homepage Doodle
April 3, 2018 Time is at the center of today's Google Doodle, which honors clockmaker John Harrison. Harrison is depicted working on an elaborate tabletop clock, surrounded by instruments and scrolls of paper. Harrison was actually best known for his work on clocks used in marine environments, not households. His first invention was the H1, a chronological tool used for determining longitude at sea. After testing the H1 in 1735, Harrison worked on later iterations, the H2 and H3, that improved on the original's accuracy. According to Google's Doodle Blog, Harrison worked towards the £20,000 reward offered by Britain's Board of Longitude for "anyone who could devise a navigational instrument that could find the longitude within 30 miles of a sea voyage." The reward was created after numerous disasters at sea, and had stringent requirements for any inventor in pursuit of it.

Victrola - Antique Record Player Repair

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Antique mechanical record players have similar characteristics to antique clocks.  They have gears, springs, governors, etc.  This unique repair came into the shop the other day.  The customer reported the governor of his Victrola was broken.  Upon partial dis-assembly the governor was "Repaired" at one time.  Here is a picture of the Victrola.  

The customer was correct.  The balance/governor was broken.  An old mainspring of the same strength and width was used to repair the governor.  The mechanism was disassembled and cleaned. 
The mainsprings were very large for my Keystone mainspring winder.  Carefully I removed the spring cleaned them and reinstalled.  The winder was a little small for the process but with care I was able to complete the job.
Here are some pictures of the process, Enjoy.
This image shows the balance in the mechanism.  How this works is the "ball set" spins.  The faster the set spins the more the balls expand, hence slowing the speed.  This …

Waterbury Needing a Little TLC

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Here we have a nice Waterbury shelf clock that has had a rough life.  But with all its highs and lows  the clock is very repairable.  Here is the clock with the front face off:
Notice it is an alarm clock with the little alarm movement on the lower left side.  The alarm mechanism was tested, cleaned, and oiled.  Then tested again.  Works perfectly.  Here is a closer picture of the alarm mechanism before removal and cleaning:
The clock had a horrid repair life.  The repairmen did some creative repairs.  For example every hole was punched/pricked to close the hole.  Not all of them needed this treatment.  pricking is not a standard repair anyway but a repair person pricked them all.  The click springs were repaired previously.  The repair had a ton of excess solder and a homemade click spring.  They did work well however.  It was decided since they worked well and created un-reversible damage to the wheel to leave these along.
The time mainspring wheel was loose.  It was just about read…

Clock Art

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Clock wheels and gears are a work of art.  Once upon a service call on a Ridgway modern grandfather clock.  The customer stated the clock would stop at 12:30.  Initially on the phone was a little puzzling.  Upon arrival, noticed the problem right away.  The seconds indicator hand was rubbing on the hour hand.  This condition only comes in contact with each other when the hour hand would be pointing at the "12".  Here are 3 images of this condition.  As you can see the hands are touching. 

Another interesting note is the beauty of the hands in relation to themselves and the clock face.




Gilbert model Altai circa 1874 Time & Strike

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Wm. L. Gilbert model Altai circa 1874 Here we have a nice Wm. L. Gilbert time & strike parlor clock.  If your a historian and looking for a little more information about the Wm. Gilbert Clock Company, follow this link.

This clock needed a lot of work.  The good thing about this everything it needed was easily done. Below is the clock as it was delivered.  The case was dusty and it looked like the clock has not had some TLC in a very long time.


This clock is a Gilbert parlor clock model Altai.  I wish I was better at Wheel of Fortune to be able to figure out the 2nd letter on this label but with a little time and patience the letter is "L"!  Back to the clock,  the age of this clock according to the Antique Clock Price Guide is 1874 as verified by the label:
Examination: The next step is to remove the hands, face, and movement from the case.  Very dirty on the inside and a significant amount of wear throughout the movement. 
Click these two video links video #1 and video #…