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					How Long Do Wall Clocks Last

It is important that you take your wall clock to a shop that has the proper tools to
service your clock. Clocks can be victims of poor quality repair by benevolent
repairmen, who mean well, but do more harm than good to the clock. It is not
uncommon to pick out an under-qualified repair shop, or a shop that does not use, and
install brand new factory, genuine parts, having the clock perform worse when you
get it back.

In order to have your clock running in top shape, it is of much significance that you
have your wall clock be serviced by a shop that has the proper tools to do the job right,
and to be dedicated to do the job well.

Wall clocks with pendulums are mechanical clocks and the movement of the
pendulum regulates the time. If the pendulum does not swing evenly, the clock will
not keep accurate time. The pendulum is attached to a loop of wire called the crutch.
In order to fix the swing of the wall clock, the crutch would need to be adjusted.

Adjusting Pendulum

1. With your hand, stop the pendulum on the clock.

2. Wait for the pendulum to come to rest under the center of the clock.

3. Move the pendulum to the right until it makes a clicking sound, then
 move it to the left until it makes another clicking sound.

4. Notice how far the pendulum is moved in each direction before it makes
 a clicking sound. It will click sooner on either side.

5. Bend the crutch slightly toward the side of the wall clock that clicked
 first when the pendulum was moved. Do not bend the crutch too much,
 as the wire is delicate and can break easily.

6. Restart the pendulum, and watch how it swings. If the pendulum does
 not swing evenly from side to side, stop the pendulum again, and
 readjust the crutch.

Note: If the pendulum hits the wall when it swings, the wall clock will not keep
accurate time. The pendulum must not hit the clock. If so, hang the wall clock in a
slightly different position, to adjust the swing.

There are a variety of wall clocks of different shapes and sizes, and unique in their
style. Some of the different kinds of wall clocks are contemporary, antique, wooden,
metal, glass, outdoor and novelty.

Another kind, or style, of clock is the musical wall clock. This is the clock that marks
the hours of the day with a musical tune. The tune is played from a spiked cylinder
either on bells, organ pipes, bellows, cobs, and even dulcimer strings. Musical clocks
were mainly used in churches, but were also used to mark time for the public and to
tell the farmers in the field when it was sunset, dawn, and lunch time.

No matter what kind of musical clock, whether it be a turret/church clock, a bracket
clock, a carriage clock, a long case clock, an organ clock, or any other clock, the same
basic system of how the clock plays its tune is the same. It all revolves around a large
cylinder, which is spiked and pushes the relevant hammer and combs.

In conclusion, no, wall clocks do not last forever, but these clocks can last a long time,
if we take care of them, and have them serviced at least once a year for maintenance
at a reputable clock shop.

				
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