THE CLOCK IS WOUND TOO TIGHT

WHAT ABOUT THE SAYING THAT “THE CLOCK IS WOUND TOO TIGHT”?

You can only wind a spring drive clock so far and then either the spring will break, or the key will break, or one of the gears will be ripped loose. I have seen some clocks that have been forced so hard that the arbor actually has snapped. The old Urgos spring drive clocks have an arbor that has a small groove cut in it for assembly convenience that will snap if you force it. If a clock needs repair and it is wound fully many times the mainspring will stick. This gives the appearance of the clock being wound too tight. Essentially , from the users perspective , it is. From the repair person’s point of view it needs cleaning. Each coil of the mainspring has only a fraction of the power of the total power of the mainspring so if the surface tension of the mainspring grease is to the point where it does not allow the spring to release ( because oil / grease thickens up over time and becomes “sticky”) then when the mainspring is wound FULLY all the coils stick together and give the illusion that the mainspring or clock is broken. It sort of is, but not from over winding. If you over wind a clock and break it , believe me you will know. You may loose finger nails faster that you can see , there will be noise with a volume directly proportional to the size of the spring.

On weight drive clocks, often the pulley/pulleys will catch on part of the mechanism or mechanism mounting hardware if the clock is fully wound and give the impression of the clock being wound too tight. Also, the cable can come off the pulley and get stuck between the pulley frame and the pulley this may prevent the associated gear train from functioning. These are things to look for.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted October 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

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  2. david powers
    Posted August 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    4 years ago we moved and my clock stopped has not worked sense .all wound up and will not start. I put weight back in ‘as you stand front of clock left on left ,right on right and middle the same. Have swayed’ pilemden’ it works for a wile and stops. When we moved I took clock apart so not to travel with weight,and things hanging down. We got to were we moved and put back has not worked sense .do you know what I might be doing wrong

  3. Grandfather Clocks
    Posted August 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like the clock is not level from left to right. Start your pendulum again and list carefully for the tick tock. It should be even. If it is not, try moving slightly tilting the clock up from the side and see if it becomes even….if not try the other side. If it becomes an even tick tock, eh clock is not level or not in beat.
    If not level, adjust the levelers on the bottom of the clock so the clock is level. If it is out of beat, follow the instructions on the following page.
    http://www.grandfatherclocks123.com/clock-news/setting-the-beat-of-your-pendulum-clock

    One or the other will probably get your grandfather clock running again.

  4. Lance & Mary Ann
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I pulled my hour weight to far up – how d I release the weight ?

  5. Grandfather Clocks
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    One most clocks there is a release trigger near the barrel where you may release the cable holding the weight. This is something where a clock technician is going to have to find the release as on many clocks it moves around with the barrel making it hard to locate. Doing this wrong has caused many a weight to fall through the bottom of the clocks. Try this first and if it doesn’t work, try a technician.

    If you are able to swing the pendulum back and forth manually and hear a tick and tock in each direction of the swing, the weight may come down far enough to release the additional pressure. It may take a while to see the weight drop enough…probably 15 or so minutes moving the pendulum back and forth.
    Robert

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