What clock dealers are afraid to tell
Here is the reality of
clock ownership. And it is a reality that most clock retailers
refuse to tell a prospective clock buyer because they are afraid
of losing the sale.
You not only have to
pay the clock dealer a good deal of money when you purchase a
nice clock, your obligations now continue, you must spend
more money maintaining it!
That's right... It is
now your responsiblity to see to it that your new family member
is properly taken care of and you don't, you'll be sorry!
Within 3 years or so,
the oil lubricating all the moving parts in your clock will start
to dry up. The wheel arbor pivots will start grinding into the
brass plates of your clock, knocking off alignment of the wheels
that drive the various functions of your clock, resulting in
loss of power, and ultimately...clock stoppage!
Clocks don't have a red
warning light when they run out of oil. And just like a car,
they can continue to operate, with serious damage resulting.
You must oil your
clock every 3 years. In addition, you must have the clock
professionally cleaned every 6 years. Do it, and you will save
your clock from unnecessary damage.
So, what should you do
if your clock has not been oiled in over 4 years? Stop it! Further
running will just cause more clock damage. Call a repair person
and have the clock completely dismanteled and cleaned.
Wayne Berry, Certified Clockmaker
E-Mail: How to Repair
September 1, 2012
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