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I have owned the clock for 20 years.My father-in-law owned it previously,and bought it new 8/3/72.  In the years I have had it, I had one service call.  I cannot recall what the problem was.  It was about the first year I had it.  It was a minor repair.  The clock has never been moved since my father-in-law had it set up.

I did have a problem with it, last year or the previous year.  I
moved the hour hand instead of the minute hand and had a problem with the striking.  I Emailed you and you told me what to do.  That corrected the problem and I have had no problems since until
last week.  I pulled the weights and for some reason the clock does not strike anymore.  It chimes on the hour,and quarter hours, but does not strike the hours.  I hope you can help me.  


Thank you so much.   Gerry

Answer
Since it hasn't been professionally cleaned & overhauled in 40 years, there's no question that it's overdue. That model of Seth Thomas probably has an Urgos movement and they due tend to run longer than other types of movements between cleanings but still should be done every 15-20 years. This isn't a simple adjustment or something that can be owner-corrected. Time to contact a reputable repairman.

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A.W.C.I. Certified Clockmaker with 35 years of experience. I can answer clock repair or maintenance related questions. Please don't expect answers advising the use of bubble gum, bailing wire or WD-40. I only give advice that is meant to preserve your clock in the best possible condition, not make it worse. No questions regarding clock value or identification. I am not a collector and cannot do valuations. Visit my website at: http://www.arlingtonclockrepair.com/

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Clock repairman in the north Texas area for 35 years. Certification as a Clockmaker through the AWCI since 1986.

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I was featured in an article by the Watch&Clock Review regarding my restoration of a tower clock for the Wise County courthouse in Decatur, Tx.

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Certification as a clockmaker with the American Watchmakers/Clockmakers Institute since 1986.

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General public,Six Flags Over Texas,Collin County,Tx.,Wise County,Tx.,Rapides Bank,Rapides Parrish,La.

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