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My Clock Wont Run


Mechanical clocks are now considered works or art, a part of history, a part of the family and they also need love.


Sooner or later, your treasured time piece will stop.  Your choice is to either live with it in silence or go to a hard to find clock repair shop, leave it for weeks and pay perhaps hundreds of dollars to get it back, hopefully working.

Fact is, you can more than likely do the same thing they do, by yourself.  There are little known items that stop a clock that you can easily do yourself for little or no money.  You can even oil your clock for just a few dollars worth of oil.

You can service any mechanical pendulum clock: Grandfather Clocks, Mantel Clocks, Wall Clocks, Kitchen Clocks, French Clocks, Cuckoo Clocks, etc.  No special tools needed besides oil which I will tell you where to buy very inexpensively.

I will teach you how to service your own clock.


I will take you from winding your clock correctly all the way to restoring vintage clocks.

I teach a clock repair class for beginners.  I use this book as my class work book.  I have included all the common student mistakes and answered all the common questions.

This latest bound Edition is packed with all the skills and repair techniques needed to repair and restore your old Clock.

The eBook is the same full book, but sent as a pdf download in full color.  No shipping cost and fast arrival.

The Basic Edition is an earlier bound version of this book suited to basic, simple repairing and oiling old clocks.


Recent Student Comment

Hi Rod,
I just wanted to thank you once again. I thoroughly enjoyed the clock class this recent weekend, and learned a great deal. I'm excited and invigorated to take my clock work further, and appreciate your insight and instruction throughout the class. I look forward to staying in touch as I progress, and to likely seeing you an evening during your clock class once I have chosen one (of my many) projects. I will be in touch.
Thanks again,


I'm enjoying reading your book.  I've already learned more in a couple days of reading than I learned the whole last term of clock class.  The previous instructor had to quit teaching so early in the term.  I was given specific directions from him, Steve, and Terry, regarding my specific time-only clock, but I did not really know why I was doing what I was doing.  So, as you can imagine, I'm pretty enthusiastic about your teaching style and hope to learn a great deal from you!

Have a nice rest of your Thursday,

Hello, Rod:
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to keep the clock class running. I enjoyed learning from you. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

  Questions please email Rlloyd@clear-lake.com



What is a Clock?. 10
What is Time?. 10
Introduction. 11
What could Possibly go Wrong?. 12
First things First 12
Wall Clock Beat 14
Mantel or Shelf Clock. 14
Setting the Beat of the Pendulum Clock. 15
Leveling. 18
If it Still Stops 18
Oiling the Clock. 19
Very Dirty Movement 24
Removing the Hands 25
Time Regulation. 27
Replacing a Lost Key. 28
Taking Clock Care to the Next Level 29
Clock ‘Fun’damentals 31
Escapement 36
Diagnosis 40
Tools 43
Taking the Movement Apart 56
The Diagram.. 60
Cleaning the Parts 68
Pegging. 72
Making Repairs 74
Pivot Polishing. 75
Straightening Bent Pivots & Arbors 84
Replacing a Broken or Worn Out Pivot 85
Bushing Using Hand Tools 90
Using the Bushing Machine. 95
Repairing a Broken Tooth. 100
Lantern Pinion Repair 107
Repairing Bent Escape Wheel Teeth. 110
Correcting a Worn Saddle Pivot 112
Make a Wire Spring. 114
Repair a Broken Dial 116
Broken Mainspring Arbor Hook. 117
Motion Work. 118
ClickWork. 119
Stop Works 120
Mainsprings 121
Reassembly. 128
Striking Setup. 131
Kitchen Clock Alarm.. 139
Lubricating the Movement 143
Test Run. 145
After Servicing Troubleshooting. 147
Put the Movement back in the Case. 151
The Work Area. 153
Going Electronic. 154
Refinishing the Clock Case. 156
Anniversary Clocks 158
Replacing the Suspension Spring. 158
Cuckoo Clocks 161
Cuckoo Clock History. 161
Introduction. 162
Regula Cuckoo Clock Schematic. 163
Disassembly [Regula] 165
The Secret Sauce. 172
Count Wheel Movements 178
The Hubert Herr Movement 181
The Baduf Movement 183
The Schatz Movement 185
The Music Movement 187
Dancing Platform Movements 192
The Quail Movement 194
Complicated Cuckoos 198
Bellows 203
Weights 209
Test Stand. 211
Cuckoo Clock Movement ID.. 213
Dirty Bird. 216
Length of a Pendulum.. 220
If the Suspension Spring is Missing. 222
Alarm Clocks 223
Watches 226
The Lathe. 230
Clock Marts 235
Troubleshooting. 236
Lessons Learned. 237
Conclusion. 238
Clock and Watch Associations 239
Clock Supply Houses 239
Horological Tool Suppliers 240
Frequently Asked Student Questions 241