Mechanical Movement Installation Preparations

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Mechanical Movement Installation Preparations

Mechanical clock movement preparations start with getting the new movement out of the box and set for installation.

Cable driven preparations

The new unit may or may not have orange clips over the plastic cable drum covers if its a cable driven unit. These are uses sometimes so the cable underneath the cover will not jump over itself and get all tangled up. They are on with just a friction fit and just pull off of each cable drum. The clear plastic over the cable drum stays on the movement and this is so the cable will not jump the line and end up crossing itself. The brightly colored clips would be over the clear drum and that gets removed only. The orange clips are only to reinforce the plastic cover's job during shipping.

Chain driven movements

The chains may have fallen off the movement completely during shipping and this is how to reinstall them. Take note on the chains there is one end with a tab and the other with a hook. The hook side is what attaches to the weight and goes on the side of the ratchet that does not spin. In other words the ratchet wheel on the movement spins one way and not the other. So the chains gets looped over the ratchet wheel so the hook side of the chain goes down on the side of the ratchet that will not spin. It is fine to flip the movement upside down or whatever needed to do to get this done.

Installation preparations are now complete

The new movement is already oiled so this is not a concern. Put movement on the seat board with the cables or chains hanging down in between the seat board as it was before. Screw the screws in and make it finger tight and then a little more with a flat screw driver. This concludes this section on Mechanical Clock Movement Installation Preparations.

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