Clocks, Watches/Winding Problem


I have a Ridgeway Grandfather Clock that is almost 20 years old.  Although I have moved it several times, I have never had any problems with it.  Yesterday when I went to wind it, the two side weights went up fine, but when I wound the middle one and took the key out, the weight completely dropped to the bottom after I had wound it up.  I then noticed that the clock didn't "make noise" as I wound it up.  That little clicking sound was missing as I wound.  I have checked the weight which seems to be OK.  I hope you can help me.  Thank you

Hi Marilyn

That clicking sound you hear is important. It is the click and click spring making sure a clock does not unwind.

One of two reasons it may not have worked:

It is sticky from old grease or oil and is not moving freely to do it's job. Best scenario.

It is broken and needs replacement. This may or may not be a difficult job depending on where the click and click spring are.

You will need professional help for this.

Hope this helps,
The Clocklady

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Marilyn Bellotti


This is for advice only. ~Most~ repairs need a professional. If I can help you with an adjustment that can set your clock back in order I will try. I can not write a chapter on clock repair. I will point you in the right direction and you will have to do your own research on how clocks work for more intense repairs. -No Watches -No Appraisals. Search ebay for past sales for that information.


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