ANTIQUE CLOCK REPAIR SERVICE
MACKEY'S ANTIQUES & CLOCK REPAIR
WE ARE A FULL TIME CLOCK REPAIR SERVICE IN THE BUYING SELLING AND REPAIRING OF ANTIQUE CLOCKS WITH OVER 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE REPAIRING OF ANTIQUE CLOCKS
Mackey's Antiques & Clock
1249 Gihon Road
Parkersburg WV 26101
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some of the tuff repair jobs you can do are from hurricanes and tornado's and floods we repaired some clocks that were just about destroyed in hurricane Ivan, hurricane Katrina and hurricane Rita and hurricane charley and brought them all back to life.
There is a big difference between getting your clock to run and getting your clock repaired, when you just get a clock to run it could need bushings, pivots polished, and much more and you may get it to run for a few days or a few weeks but it will stop running with out doing the repairs that the clock needs. you should never let anyone work on your antique clock but a good qualified clock repair person that understands the care and upkeep on a priceless antique clocks it will cost you a less in the long run.
we repair all types of mechanical pendulum clocks antique or modern except the 400 day clocks or clocks that have movements like a watch and electric clocks. we repair weight driven, spring driven, Ithaca calendar clocks, Seth Thomas, Eli Terry, Jerome, Ansonia, Waterbury, Ingraham, New Haven, Herchede, Gilbert, Welch, just to mention a very few types and makers of clocks that we repair.
Our clock repair special is for most clocks that are time & strike or time only. the clocks with round or small pivot movements and the Westminster chime clocks will cost more and if the clock has had a previous repairs that was all cobbled up or if there is rust that needs cleaned up this will cost extra.
we completely dismantle & ultrasonic clean all clock movements, whey do we dismantle the clock movement to clean it, if you do not dismantle the movement you can not get all the dirt and grime that is between the pivots and the hole were the pivot come out of the plate and you can not tell the condition of the pivot with out dismantle the movement. it would be like taking a bath with out taking off your clothes.
WE POLISH ALL PIVOTS IN THE JEWELERS LATHE
on spring driven clocks we stretch the mainspring out to clean and inspect the main springs for cracks and rust and pits. if the mainsprings has lots of rust or pits and if they have lost there strength your clock will never function correct with out replacing them we lubricate the mainsprings with slick 50, after the overhaul is complete we reassemble the clock movement and oil with good clock oil and for the final adjustments we run in the test stand for 3days before we install the clock movement back in the case then run 7 to 10 days.
LOGAN & WALKER USING THE BUSHING TOOLS INSTALLING BUSHINGS
NEW BUSHINGS ARE INSTALLED WHEN NEEDED .
clock needs bushings, there is nothing you can substitute for bushing. the
pivot hole has to be strait and round, when a clock gets dry from not oiling
it the pivot will start ware on the pivot hole and it will end up egg
shaped, then it will need bushings to make the hole round again. one of the
worse things you can do to a clock is use a punch around the pivot hole,
this will move the location of the center of the hole and will put the gear
in a bind and can cause your clock to quit. the only way to correct this is
to use the Depthing tool to be sure you find the true center. there are a
lot of repair people that use punch method, or solder a piece of brass or
some cobble job. but i have ben repairing clocks for over 38 years and have
never used a punch around the pivot hole and never will. note the picture
below the punch marks around the pivot hole
on antique clock we always use old antique clock parts fore replacement parts, like gears, hands and other parts in our repairs unless there are none available for that particular type of clock. we use brass bushings not bronze because bronze bushings are so hard that they can damage the pivot and it is cheaper to replace a brass bushing than replace a pivot.
SOMETIMES I NEED HELP FROM MY GRANDSON'S LOGAN, WALKER & LAKOTA
all of our repair work is guaranteed but only the actual repairs we do are guaranteed. if a mainsprings breaks we are not responsible for damaged gears or for damaged parts. but on clocks with wood wheels there is no guarantee because they are very old and brittle and it is not a question if they will break it is just when they will break.
our free estimate is based on what we can see and check in our inspection while the movement is together . there is a lot of time involved in dismantling and reassembling a clock movement just for an estimate. after we quote you a price on a repair and you decide to not have the repair done the only cost to you is the shipping of the clock back to you.
if you send only your clock movement for repair when the repairs are done we run the movement in a test stand, this test stand is not the same as putting the movement back in the case and when you get your repaired movement back in your case you will have to put your movement in beat ( even tick tock ) and if your clock strikes or chimes you may have to adjust your hammers to hit the gong correctly. if you think you can not do this you would be better served to send the clock case and all
SOME OF THE FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT CLOCK REPAIR
WHAT WILL IT COST ME TO REPAIR MY CLOCK.
this is the most frequently ask question repairs are priced according to the actual repairs needed, and it is impossible to give an estimate with out checking your clock out your clock to know what repairs your clock will require, . the price is not based on the value or the age of your clock, it is based on the type of clock and how hard it is to take apart, repair and put back together. but most of the basic clock repairs run between $85.00 to $135.00 on the average clock. but could run more depending on the type of clock and the amount of repairs needed. if your clock movement has rust on it this will cost more to clean up, or if some repair person has done some cobbled up repairs this will cost more to correct the job to original condition. on some of the cheap modern clocks the repairs could cost more then your clock is worth. in this case we require a deposit before we start the repairs.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CLOCK BE SERVICED.
it is recommended for your clock to give good service and last for generations that you oil your clock every 2-3 years with good clock oil and it should be cleaned and serviced every 5-7 years . this dos not mean your clock will not run if you do not oil and clean when recommended but if you don't this is why clocks have excess ware and will cause your clock to stop and usually when a clock stops it is to late to just oil and clean it will need bushings.
THE BIGGEST MYTH
my clock is wound to tight and it just needs cleaned and oiled. there is no such thing as a clock wound to tight or over wound unless there is some rust or gunk on the mainspring and the mainspring is stuck and wont release to unwind. in a lot of cases when a clock has run a lot of years with out being cleaned & serviced, it causes a lot of wear on the plates and the pivots, this will cause a egg shaped hole on the plates and will stop your clock and will have to be rebushed before the clock will run again. we use slick 50 on our mainsprings
ANOTHER MYTH THE CLOCK CAN NOT BE REPAIRED
a clock can always be repaired but if replacement parts is not available and they have to be custom made, it could cost more to repair the clock than it is worth. some of the modern clocks it is cheaper to replace the movement with a new replacement movements then it will cost to repair the old movement. unless your clock has some sentimental value to you it could cost more for a new replacement movement then the clock is worth.
we have a lot of repair parts for antique clocks see our antique clock parts catalog Click Here For On Line Clock Parts Catalog WHEN OUR OVERHAUL IS COMPLETED WE SEND A INVOICE FOR THE TOTAL REPAIR BILL . INSURANCE & RETURN SHIPPING WILL BE ADDED TO THE TOTAL. SEE OUR SHIPPING PAGE.
Before we ship your clock back to you we must receive total payments for all of the repairs that was done plus the shipping and insurance and if you pay by PERSONAL CHECK we will wait 7 to 10 days for the check to to clear the bank.
if you come to the shop to pick your clock up, if you are from out of town we do not take out of town checks, we take cash only. if you don't bring cash you will not take your clock home no exceptions. if you want your clock shipped we will take your out of town check and ship your clock after your check clears the bank.
after you are contacted that your clock has ben repaired and is ready to be shipped back to you we must receive payment with in 30 days of notification. or in some cases we receive payment and the customer makes there own arraignments to have the boxed up clock picked up at our shop. if we do not receive payment or if we have received payment and the boxed up clock is not picked up with in 30 days there will be $1.00 a day storage added to the invoice after 12 month's the clock becomes the property of mackey's antiques & clock repair unless other arraignments have ben made.
ALWAYS CALL OR E MAIL BEFORE SHIPPING A CLOCK TO US
It is a good ideal to take a picture of your clock before you box it up, and if it would happen to get damaged in shipment you will have proof it was not damage before you shipped it. and always use a lot of padding ( we recomend old wadded up newspapers for padding ) and include a paper inside your clock with your name, address and phone number and your email address ( if you do not send your contact information we will not know how to contact you with a estimate and the clock will be stored on the shelf till you contact us ) if your clock is equipped with weights we recommend that you wrap and box the weights separately and insure your clock for its full value. but keep in mind when you insure your clock the shipping co. will only pay you for the true value of the clock. if you have a $500.00 clock and you insure it for $800.00 if it gets destroyed in shipping the shipper will only pay you the true value of your clock.
PARKERSBURG WV 26101
PARKERSBURG WV 26101