Re: Sticking reset

H Hal

My first thought is one of poor electrical contact, are the contacts in good order..polished and clean, not cleaned with any abrasive wet/dry etc but clean, no oxidation.

I would then remove the pendulum and lower the gravity arm by hand very slowly to see if it makes contact and how well it makes can measure the current whilst doing this to see if it is reduced

is your current limited by a rheostat?  these also have contacts which may be in need of cleaning



On 29/07/2021 22:09, Brian Cracknell wrote:
Hello, I am having issues with my clock again. It runs fine for a while and then starts sticking as shown in this Youtube video (link below). The armature does not get grabbed by the coils properly when it should be impulsed leading to the ugly delay evident in the video which has adverse effects on timekeeping.

The current in the system is set to 330mA. Everything is clean; I have tried two separate power sources with the same result. I am currently using a mains plug-in transformer/rectifier running at 4.5 volts output with appropriate resistors. 

Previously I have fixed this issue by adjusting the backstop screw for the armature to being it closer to the coils and also adjusting the contact screw to move that the other way to keep the gap constant. That worked for a while but now the fault has reoccured. I always make sure that the screws are tightly locked in place after each adjustment so I do not think they are wobbling and reverting to a bad state.

Frustratingly, the "stickiness" may well disappear for a while the following day without any intervention and the gravity arm reverts to a healthy briskness in its reset. The improvement is generally short lived.

I would welcome any opinions.


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