As a force of habit I have been resetting the clocks around the house
by only moving the hands clockwise. Somewhere along the line I was
told a clock could be damaged if you moved the hands backwards.
I have no idea of the source or validity of the information. Have I
been misled all these years?
On Sun, 01 Nov 2009 10:49:47 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm sure it depends on the clock -- I have heard the same about some
grandfather clocks and similar with very delicate, complicated,
mechanisms. But normal watches and clocks with the square mechanisms
and time-set knob I'm sure are fine to crank either way.
It was very true when talking about older wind up clocks but I don't
think it will hurt a newer clock. Hmm, well not all new clocks. I
wouldn't turn a brand new grandfather clock movement backwards but I've
turned the single AA battery type movements backwards for many years and
never had a problem.
With older mechanical movements with chimes you are supposed to turn
the hands backwards, or with some clocks you can turn the hands
forward and stop at each chime interval. With electric and battery
clocks it doesn't matter.
My grandfather clock came with instructions to adjust the time by turning
the hands backwards only. Turning them backwards makes it unnecessary to
stop every quarter hour for the chime. Otherwise the chime and the hands get
out of sync.
Huh? I never would have guessed. Suppose I got caught up in the "never
turn a clock backwards thing. My octagon clock doesn't like being
turned backwards. It actually jambs and messes up the sync between the
long and short hands. It's a New Haven clock from ~ 1870's but
unfortunately the entire clock mechanism had been replaced while or
before my grandparents owned it.
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