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I asked and you answered a question earlier today about the chimes on my clock not working - I put the weights on in the right order, but it still wasn't chiming.  

Well, it started chiming again after almost an hour, and so far it's still working, but I need to set the time.  (1) is there a right way to set the time, and (2) is there a way to make the hour hand more exactly line up with the correct hour instead of being where the "ten-minutes-to-the-hour" would be?  (Does that make sense?)  And by the way, THANK YOU!

Theresa, in your previous question, I did not realize that the clock probably had not run a full hour when you sent the question.  When the time is set and the chimes are out of sequence, they will hold up until the full hour is reached.  This can take up to one and sometimes two hours, depending on the last chime that sounded.  On the hour hand alignment, let the minute hand come to the top of the hour and chime.  When the clock strikes, count the number of strikes and gently slip the hour hand to that hour.  In your case, you would move the hour 10 minutes ahead to the hour.  You're doing good!

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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop in Prattville, Alabama.


One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

Awards and Honors
Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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