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    tik246doc
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    Howdy All,

    Just joined and first time ever using a forum. Hope this works-suggestions welcome.

    Anyhow, Been tinkering with clocks, mostly early American mantles and wall. Have a Howard Miller grandfather that for some reason even with bob as far down as it will go without falling off will run and hour + fast every 24 hours. Any suggestions on what may be causing this condition that might be an easy fix before I have to build a test stand and dismantle which I plan on doing anyhow, but still have a dozen or so wall clocks to mess with. Kinda new at this but am kinda old.

    Thanks for any help.

    Rich

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    willofiam
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    Hello Rich, could be many things starting with overall condition though the first thing I would look at is the escapement.

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    tik246doc
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    Bill,

    Danged if ya didn’t hit it right on the head. I had just downloaded Bob’s troubleshooting list and just minutes (no pun) ago, I opened up the side panels and gave it a look and lo and behold the escapement wheel was jumping several teeth at a time and it looks as though it has pretty much worn them down. Now two questions: Where might I be able to find some poop on how to disassemble this baby and where might I go to find some plans on building a test stand for it? Its a Howard Miller Model 610-366 with a 354044G movement if that helps. Golly, wish I had signed up with you guys sooner. This is one of the best sites yet!

    Thanks for your answer – you made my day.

    Rich

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    willofiam
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    Hey Rich, sorry I have not been able to get back to you sooner….really busy…The #’s you posted are not familiar to me, are they off the back of the movement? Try posting some pictures or double check the #’s @Tik246Doc wrote:

    find some plans on building a test stand

    I have a you-tube video on how I made my test stand, here is a link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyyVll2STpM
    OR do a internet search on them for sale and get some ideas for building your own.

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    tik246doc
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    William,

    Hey, thanks so much for getting back to me. Great test stand. I’ll start on that right away, probably a smaller version as I am limited on space, (small bedroom in a mobilehome). As far as the numbers, I will recheck. They were off of a Howard Miller sticker inside the case. Will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again. Lot of help for sure.

    Rich
    Cambria

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    tik246doc
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    William,

    I double checked the numbers and they do jive. Only enough however I noticed and addition little plaque attached to the door of the case which is different than the serial number on the inside.
    I will send those photos as soon as I can figure out how to do so.

    Rich

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    tik246doc
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    William,

    Just finished my grandfather test stand. Will be pulling out the movement soon and will probably have a few more questions along the way. Will keep you posted. Thanks again.

    Rich
    Cambria

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    tik246doc
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    William,

    Well got the movement out. It is an Urgos movement and from what I can determine is not the original. Tweeked the verge, (dang those teeth on the escape wheel are tiny), gave it a quick cleaning and oiling, back in the case and right on! Thanks for all your help. Now the wife won’t let me sell it.

    Rich
    Cambria

    #64839
    willofiam
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    and soon you will have 50 clocks around the house….

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    tik246doc
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    William,

    Already do! And a few more to boot. Have to keep most of them in my office so she can sleep at night.

    Rich

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