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pjcs92

08:36AM | 12/06/04
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i just inherited a mason and sullivan grandmother clock. i cant seem to get the clock to work. i can make it chime by moving the hands mt self but the pendulim wont stay swinging.i leveled the clock and put the wieghts on with the 2 heaviest on the chimes and the lightest on the clock movement any suggestins on what to do?


k2

09:16AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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I am no expert on this--but I might be of some help (we'll see!)

Cool! Mason and Sullivan! I happen to have one myself. We built it from a kit about 15 years ago. Unfortunately they are no longer in business.

In my case, there are 2 "light" weights and 1 heavy. The "heavy" weight is on the right-most chain. But M&S did use different movements--yours could well be different.

I have sure had my dealings with this clock over the years--it definitely (like most mechanical clocks) has "personality."

Really, "level" isn't necessarily what you want. What you want is the most even "tick-tock" sound possible. This might mean putting paper shims under the movement itself (you'll have to remove the top of the clock--in my case the whole top slides toward the front--but of course yours might be different!). I've had good luck with matchbook covers.

As I remember (it's been a while!), the "cheaper" movements (like mine) used CHAINS, and the "more expensive" movements used CABLES. The difference in cost was considerable.

I also have mine secured to the wall so it isn't easily susceptible to tilting.

Good luck; please post a response and I'll see if I might be of more help!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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pjcs92

11:34AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 12/05/04
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sounds like almost the same clock my clock front slides off also it ws made in approx 1963 by what the plans say (yes i have the origanal plans) I have one lite weight and two heavy weights i am juggling them around. what do you mean by even tick tock sound and wher would i shim ? thanks for the quick responce and any future help would be great

k2

12:15PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi again pjcs,

That's great that you have the plans(!) They should tell you which weights go where. Yours are different. Just curious, do the weights go on cables or chains? (again, I think cables are the higher quality.)

I'm talking about the movement itself. It's the square brass box that contains all the wheels (gears). I'd guess it's about 5" or 6" tall. The weights hang from it and clock hands come out of it. It sits right behind the face.

So, LISTEN to it and make sure tick-tock is balanced. You'll notice when you shim one side or the other that the tick will be longer than the tock (and vice versa).

Also, clocks do need occasional TLC. Clocks are, in a way, unusual in that people expect them to operate for decades without oil & cleaning. It could well benefit from a professional "tune-up."

One more thing...DON'T try and use conventional oil on a clock! It is not designed to hold up for years. It gums up and falls apart. So, no WD-40, ok!?

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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pjcs92

09:19AM | 12/07/04
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thanks for the reply my clock has chains and i will try to get the tick tock right.i found a pro clock repairman down the street ,so i think i will let him have a look at it.it hasnt run in about 10 yrs.it sat in my aunts house for that long so some tlc might be what the doc ordered

pjcs92

09:19AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 12/05/04
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thanks for the reply my clock has chains and i will try to get the tick tock right.i found a pro clock repairman down the street ,so i think i will let him have a look at it.it hasnt run in about 10 yrs.it sat in my aunts house for that long so some tlc might be what the doc ordered

k2

09:24AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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You're welcome pjcs92, sounds like a good idea. Afterwards it'll be ready to go for some more decades! Enjoy it!...Hopefully it'll be a long-lasting memory from the inheritance.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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