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What clock dealers are afraid to tell you!

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 Clocks

Last Modified: September 1, 2012
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