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We just bought an Able Cotty grandfather clock and would like to see it work. The lady we got it from said it just needs wound. The chime in the middle is attached. The other two chimes are not. One of the chains that the chimes attach to is also unattached. How can we fix this? Do I need to take it to be repaired? Thank you

the 3 items on the chains are simply called weights  not chimes

the middle one powers the ticking and the swinging of the pendulum stick and disk

as shown in the photo - the clock should run - the other two weights and chains power the quarter chime sound and the other on the left the hour strike sound. without the other two hooked up it will not chime or strike.

putting the third chain back on the sprocket gear in the mechanism might be a challenge for you --If you can directly access the side of the mechanism perhaps we can walk you thru it- like if the top of the clock slides off??

But a pro should be able to get it up and running with a house call to your home.  

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Kenneth Saunders


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