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When and How to Replace Clock Batteries

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Feb 8, 2017 9:29:09 AM

There have been many spectacular advancements in technology during the 21st century — obviously there are too many to list. However, one form of technology has remained relatively unchanged over the decades: battery power. Batteries are a reliable source of power and energy for innumerable devices we use every day, including clocks. As reliable as batteries are, they do eventually expire and need replacement. Here is a quick rundown on what to do, when batteries....run down.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

How to Understand Clock Movement Correction Assemblies

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Jan 18, 2017 10:56:19 AM

Looking at the inside of a clock and determining how all the parts work together can be fascinating, but trying to figure out how to correct a clock when it needs an adjustment can be downright intimidating. However, if you learn the basics of clock movement correction assemblies, you can foster the fascination, while eliminating the intimidation.

Start With the Basics

Many clocks are controlled by Hansen movements, which are designed to provide split-second accuracy. Small motors dictate these movements, but sometimes the motors need adjustment. 

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

Clock Repair 101: Troubleshooting a Broken Mechanical Clock

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Jan 4, 2017 10:20:43 AM

Let's face it, as we all know, nothing lasts forever. Every machine,  no matter how reliable, eventually has issues with functionality. Whether it's a quick fix or a major problem, at some point you will need to decide whether or not you want to maintain or replace your machine. Mechanical clocks are no different. Here are some steps you can take to determine if you should repair or replace a broken clock.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

How Do I Replace My Synchronized Clock Motor? [VIDEO]

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Dec 21, 2016 9:01:50 AM

To get your clocks ticking again, refer to this step-by-step video on how to replace a synchronized clock motor and achieve accurate time.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Videos

School Clock Cheatsheet: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Dec 14, 2016 10:03:13 AM

There is a certain elegance to the energy and efficiency of students moving throughout a school between classes. A bell sounds, doors open, and students and teachers move with purposeful pace. Moments later, the bell sounds, doors close, and lessons begin again. However, that familiar pace isn't possible without a system of clocks to keep everyone on time. 

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Topics: School Clock Systems

Clock Repair Tips: Understanding Your Clock Type [VIDEO]

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Nov 9, 2016 11:22:48 AM

Just because your clock breaks, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to run out and buy a new one. There are plenty of repair parts available for almost every kind of clock. American Time stocks parts for clocks manufactured as far back as the 1940’s. But the first step to clock repair is understanding the type of clock you have. There are many different clocks available, all with different features and options. So how do you know what type of clock you have? American Time’s Scott DeSmith gives you an overview to help simplify the repair process:

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Videos

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