Clocks, Watches/Grandfather clock


Hi , I have a modern , 12 year old clock ,  I found the middle weight on the floor , first link of chain broken how do I get it back on the cogs, the movement is a inter clock . Hope u can help .

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Sonny, sorry for the delay in my answer.  I am not sure of what you mean by "the movement is a inter clock".  It is possible that you clock is the same as others in that the chain can be reinstalled in the same way.  It involves removing the "pull tab" from the chain and threading it over the sprocket wheel, using a wire tool I developed that I have on the computer at my shop.  You can make it out of coat hanger wire.  I will be going by there this afternoon and send you another answer with a photo of it.  The pendulum and weights should first be removed.  The chain is put on the end of the tool and lifted up over the sprocket wheel as the sprocket wheel is turned with small screwdriver.  This has to be done from the bottom of the movement.  I call it the "backbreaker", because of the position you have to get into to see what you are doing.  When the end of the chain comes out far enough to grab, pull the chain down and reattach the pull tab.  I will get back to you later.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

Attached is a photo of the wire tool for reinstalling the chain, and the procedure that goes along with it, similar to above. If you don't get the photo, email me at and I will reply with the photo.  

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