Re: Sticking reset

Andrew Nahum

I have had similar sticking on occasion. It seemed to be an electromagnetic phenomenon that developed because the ‘dwell’ of the closed contacts was too long. I have found over the years that  it’s always best to check or re-set all the gaps or clearances in the mechanism rather than use intuition to try and address a problem with particular adjustments. 

On 29 Jul 2021, at 22:23, John Hubert <jfphubert@...> wrote:

The correct adjustments are given here;

On 29 Jul 2021, at 22:09, Brian Cracknell <brcracknell@...> 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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