Repair

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Yes, we repair clocks!

Please give us a call or stop by and we will add your name to our ever growing list of repairs. As we work through our list, we will give you a call to inform you that we are ready for you to bring your clock in.

If you have a grandfather clock, give us a call and we can schedule a time to service your clock at your home.

House of Clocks: 812-597-5414

On occasion, we buy old clocks. If you have a clock that you are wanting to sell, please e-mail us with several, good photos of your clock and we will let you know if we are interested. houseofclocks@att.net

 

 

Do you have a clock that is in need of repair?

Clock repair may seem like a trade of long ago, that’s because it is.  Traditional, analog clocks can easily be forgotten in our fast paced, digital age. Grandma’s old school house regulator is in a box in the attic, and the clock Dad got when he retired is in the bottom of the closet. Sound familiar? We hear stories like this often. Do you have a clock that is in need of repair? At the House of Clocks, we use the same, timeless tools and techniques that have been used for hundreds of years while we repair and restore your antique and modern clocks. If you have a grandfather or floor clock, don’t bother bringing it in, we will come to you and service your larger clocks right where they are. Feel free to bring your smaller clocks in during any of our business hours for a free repair assessment. Because of the large volume of clocks that come through our door in need of repair, we will add your name to your repair list and notify you when we are ready for you to bring your clock in. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to help you in any way we can.

Why is your clock not running?

You can not overwind your clock. Many people think their clock has stopped because it has been overwound. This is a myth. Your clock is made to run its intended amount of time after its springs have be fully wound.  Most clocks will run eight days on a full winding. All mechanical clocks need oiled every few years to reduce friction and ware. As the old oil dries out, the metal parts that move against other metal parts begin to slowly grind away at each other. This eventually creating enough ware to cause the clock to stop. Once this has occurred, a basic cleaning and oiling will rarely fix the problem. The clock must now be repaired.

 

How will your clock be repaired?

For a typical repair, we remove the movement (the clock works) form the case. The movement is completely disassembled and cleaned by submersion in an ultrasonic cleaning tank, rinsed, and dried. Once clean, we assemble the movement and inspect each part for wear and damage. We then make repairs, smooth, and burnish all moving parts by hand. Next, we assemble the movement to check that all the repairs have corrected the problems caused by wear. The clock then is disassembled again and cleaned a final time by submersion in an ultrasonic cleaning tank. Once cleaned, rinsed, and dried, the movement is assembled, oiled, and set up for a test run. After the movement has been adjusted and has been running properly, it is re-instaled into its case. The clock is then ran and observed in its case. Once we are satisfied with the performance of the clock, it will then be ready to be pick up.

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Modern Grandfather or Floor Clocks

We offer a house call service for your large clocks. Give us a call and we will set up an appointment to come to your home and service your grandfather clock. A service call involves a basic cleaning and oiling of your clocks mechanical parts. This involves the removal of the clock movement (the mechanical parts) in order to properly remove old oil, dirt, and more often than not, metal shavings. Once the old oil is removed, fresh clock oil is applied. If we feel your clock is in need of mechanical restoration work, will will discuss options with you at that time. If your clock has not been service regularly, it will probably need to be brought back to our shop for extensive repair work.

Antique Long Case Clocks

Not too long ago, grandfather clocks were called long case clocks. Many of these long case clocks were in a pinch-waist stile and usually had a loud, bell-strike on the hour with no chime melody. There dials were hand painted or silvered and hand engraved with intricate detail. Every aspect of these clocks where individually hand made, including the movements. We greatly appreciate the craftsmanship of these old clocks and enjoy the opportunity to restore them. We always take great care to preserve the integrity of all the clock’s parts during the restoration process. When a new part is required to restore these clocks to working order, we recreate an exact replica of the original part that is to be replaced. Just like our modern day grandfather clocks, we schedule a house call and begin the servicing and restoration process at your home. It is common for us to bring the clock movement back to our shop for the majority of the restoration process.

Early American Long Case

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English Long Case

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Dutch Painted Clock

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Antique Clocks

We repair and restore a large number of antiques clocks. We usually refer to an antique clock as a clock that is around 100 years old or more. Some of the clock makers may include: Seth Thomas, Ansona, Gilbert, Ingraham, New England, New Haven, Sessions, Eli Terry, Waterbury, Welch, Black Forest, and French, German, Dutch, and English clocks. These are some of the common clocks we see, but there are many other makers that we have not listed.

French Marble Clock With Porcelain Dial

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American Sonora Chime Clock

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American OG or Ogee Clock

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Hand Carved Black Forest Clock With A French Movement

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