Getting Started in Clock Repair

by William Bilger
Well Illustrated
Line Drawings
Color Photos
8 ½ X 11 Inches
75 Pages

If you ever wanted to get started in hobby clock repair then this Book is for you. It tells you how to get started using the minimum amount of tools, equipment and money. The author recalled his frustration in trying to get started in clock repair due to a lack of material that addressed his needs and tried to rectify that in this Book. The goal of this Book is to get the beginner started in the right direction by explaining how a simple clock movement works. There is a detailed explanation of how five basic mechanical elements are integrated to operate a mechanical clock.

However the most important feature of this Book is that it shows you how to disassemble and then reassemble an easily obtainable 8-Day Time only clock movement. This is the confidence building portion of the Book. It demonstrates to the reader that, yes, they can take apart and then reassemble a complex mechanical device. This is the foundation upon which all other clock repair skills are built. Once the reader masters the theory of how a clock works and can take one apart and put it back together again, it is then just a short step to working on more complex clock movements.

This Book is intended for the beginner, its main focus is to provide detailed but basic instruction to getting one started in clock repair. The reader is provided with step-by-step instruction on how to disassemble and reassemble an 8-day time only clock movement. He receives an in-depth introduction on what he will find when he opens the clock. The driving force or power, whether springs or weight, the gear train, the escapement, the pendulum and the motion works are all detailed and explained. All the major components of the clock are explained in detail.

And then, for the Grand Finale, there is a complete section on how to go from a curious amateur to a money making professional in just a few short months repairing clocks.

Chapters Include

  • Getting Started
  • How Does a Clock Work?
  • How is the Center Wheel Made to Rotate Once Every Hour?
  • Disassembly & Reassembly
  • What’s Next?


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