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    Grandfather clock, did I get a dud?

    Anybody have any advice or trusted repair shops you have used in the New Orleans area? I just purchased a Ridgeway for $100 but pendulum wont stay swinging and I'm not getting a real good "tick...tock" sound. Also any info as to the date of manufacture would be appreciated!

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    i shudder just looking at that. i cant stand ticking clocks. drives me crazy.
    however there are a lot of videos on youtube.

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    Not sure how it is set up but they have to almost perfectly level. Also, the weights are usually different. I know on my Howard Miller, the heaviest weight has to be on the chain which drives the movement. The two lighter weights go on the hour strike and chimes. I had to replace the movement on mine. The bearing/bushing surfaces will wear and stop the clock if it hasn't been maintained correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillnLA View Post
    Not sure how it is set up but they have to almost perfectly level. Also, the weights are usually different. I know on my Howard Miller, the heaviest weight has to be on the chain which drives the movement. The two lighter weights go on the hour strike and chimes. I had to replace the movement on mine. The bearing/bushing surfaces will wear and stop the clock if it hasn't been maintained correctly.
    I agree with the above. Ours has to be perfectly level, and the weights have to be in the correct location. After that is done, there should be and adjustment for pendulum length, in case it is running too fast or too slow. Took me a few days to get ours dialed in after it was moved from my dads.

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    Some of the movements in grandfather clocks have automatic mechanisms that adjust for not being 100% level. It depends on the movement in your clock. To find out what movement you have look at the back of it. The manufacturers information should be stamped along with a date code. In East Baton Rouge we have a business called the clock doctor who will come to your house to maintain and repair a large clock like a grandfather. I donít know if heíll travel to New Orleans. But he might know of someone who does work in your area if you call him.

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    My guess is that it's 1980's vintage, give or take a bit.

    Mechanical movements like this are finicky beasts that take some TLC to get setup and running properly. Depending on the condition of the movement, it may also need a CTR (complete teardown and rebuild), which is where the movement is entirely disassembled, each part is cleaned, the movement is reassembled and correctly lubricated and adjusted. Part and parcel of owning a mechanical clock like this.

    (and no, please don't spray it with WD40. Not only will this damage the wood, but it will gum up the movement and give you even more headaches down the road.)

    Did it come with any instructions? Some of these clocks came with instructions on how to level and setup the movement.

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    @RaleighReloader no instructions were given. I've watched videos on it from youtube and have leveled it out. Just trying to figure out how much more I'm gonna need to spend getting this beast up and running.

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    So if guns kill people, I guess, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk, and spoons make people fat

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    "Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway" - John "The Duke" Wayne

    "Your so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!"-Gunny Hartman

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    If it was moved with the pendulum in place, it may have bent the verge. Lots of videos and answers on Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number1roadie19 View Post
    @RaleighReloader no instructions were given. I've watched videos on it from youtube and have leveled it out. Just trying to figure out how much more I'm gonna need to spend getting this beast up and running.
    It appears that the manufacturer has a website with manuals that can be downloaded.

    http://www.ridgewayclocks.com/produc...als_warranties

    I'd start there. I haven't worked on any Ridgeway clocks before so I don't know the nuances of these ... but if they're anything like the other grandfather clocks I have worked on, they take patience and a special touch to get running well.

    Mike
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    I own a Ridgeway grandfather clock and live in the Metro New Orleans area. About 18 months ago I used the following clock service company.
    Bella's Time Piece 504-780-2263/ 885-0784. Good service and they made the Boss aka wife happy.
    Last edited by The Key Master; May 13th, 2020 at 11:24 AM.

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