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Clockwise
#1
Um ... bit of a long shot, I know, but ...

Does anyone here know anything about horology ; or knows of a clocky-type person who might be prepared to offer a word of advice to a bumbling idiot?
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#2
A mechanical/pendulum clock, I take it?
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#3
Yes, PJN.

It's a Scottish long-case clock, a family heirloom bought secondhand by my Grandfather's Grandfather. It's by James Stewart of Glasgow (clockmaking between 1789 and 1798, If I remember rightly) ... and I can't get it to go because of something stupid that I did - just a lack of foresight, there's nothing damaged.
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#4
Do you know what you did? Is there any way to look into the inner workings? Did it work before this incident? If nothing's turning after having been wound up it could perhaps be some friction within the gears which just needs some lubrication or a push to get it going? It might also be worth checking that nothing is out of place, that everything is aligned.

When my mechanical watch wouldn't go, I managed to get it going after a nudge in the right direction to get the pendulum going, which could maybe work in your case?
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Yes, I know exactly what I did. When I last dismantled it, I wound both weights up too far before unhooking them. I thought it might prevent the cord unravelling from the drums as the movement was being shifted from place to place in the house. Now, unfortunately, there's not enough slack in the cord to allow me to manipulate the cord back around the pulleys!

I need either a horologist or an expert in knots!
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#6
Failed my knot badge....and my horology..... Wink
Hope you find somebody without having to pay too much.
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
Ian

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Mobiles are way too complicated for me, although I do have one now. Wink
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#7
I know a small bit about the knots, but I don't have much knowledge on those types of clocks. Most places nowerdays have a Local Facebook Group so you could see if anybody knows someone local from there? I guess there must be some forums out there too... Good luck. Smile
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#8
I'm pleased to report that the clock is now happily returned to its chief job of making sure that the neighbours are awake, every hour on the hour!

I found someone who knows about these things and slackened off the cords for me in exchange for a donation to his favourite charity, which I was more than happy to do.
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#9
Nice! my nan has a pretty rare clock, chimes on the half and the hour. Drives you bloody nuts though.
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#10
Well found. Smile
Hope you find it gives hours of fun now.....ASBO on it's way. Wink
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
Ian

All my posts are from a desktop.
Mobiles are way too complicated for me, although I do have one now. Wink
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