BEFORE you start work
No book can replace the professional clock
repairer. A good clock always warrants a good repair by a competent and
There are, however, many old clocks in need of
attention but whose repair costs can be as much as or even more than their
value. Bear in mind that when a repairer says a clock is not worth repairing, it
simply indicates that when allowances have been made for the time involved and
the overheads of the workshop, the repair will cost more than is worth spending.
It does not mean it is beyond repair.
The professional repairer has many
overheads the amateur does not, and so it is quite feasible to undertake repairs
that would otherwise not be done. Not perhaps to the high standard a
professional would achieve, but nevertheless to a very acceptable level.
The following pages will give you an insight into the methods used by
repairers, although many have had to be modified to take into account the
assumption that only the simplest hand tools are available.
Your Own Clocks by Mervyn Passmore