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From: Susan P
TO:  papa@cuckooclockdoctor.com
Re:  Sick Cuckoo
Thank you so much for your help. Well a little bit of oil can work wonders!  The clock is now ticking away!  Thanks so much for your assistance.

Susan P

On Sep 6, 2009, Cuckoo Clock Doctor <papa@cuckooclockdoctor.com> wrote:

Dear Susan,

You are very welcome. Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday.

Sincerely,

John “Papa” Barnette
www.cuckooclockdoctor.com
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From: Susan P
To: papa@cuckooclockdoctor.com
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2009 11:46:33 AM
Subject: Re: Re: sick cuckoo

Mr. Barnette:
Thank you so much for your quick reply to my question.  My husband and I are in the process now of trying your suggestions.  Again, thank you.

Susan P

On Sep 5, 2009, Cuckoo Clock Doctor <papa@cuckooclockdoctor.com> wrote:

Dear Susan,

I was sitting here answering questions from yesterday when your’s came in.  Yes, there are a couple of things you can do.  First is make sure the clock is level and hang the pendulum.  If it doesn’t run move the base very slightly left and check again.  If it won’t run move it a little further left.  If it still won’t run then go back to dead level and start the process to the right.  Second, is oil the clock and I will cut and paste my instructions on how to do that below.  Third, if after oiling the pendulum still doesn’t run in any position then I would take a small plastic bag and put some change in it.  Tie this from a string attached to the time weight.  The pendulum should be on the clock and add more change to see if you can get it to run.  If you do then just weigh the change and the weight at the post office and convert that to grams.  Cuckoo weights are very cheap and you can just buy a weight close to what you need.

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Dear John,

You are worth your weight in gold. I opened the back of the clock and one of the bellows had come completely unglued. That must have happened when it fell. I used a toothpick and some carpenters glue and carefully glued it back on, rehooked the wire and the clock is perfect.

Thanks so much for your answering my question. You have a good heart.

Jo

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
~~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 to 2005 ~~~

From: John “Papa” Barnette papa@cuckooclockdoctor.com
To: Jo
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 4:06:27 AM
Subject: Re: question

Dear Jo,

Aw shucks Jo, you make me blush. That should do the trick but if the carpenters glue doesn’t hold just scrape both parts and take a hot melt glue gun and it will fix you right up. I liked your commentary from Dr. Rogers. If you wonder why I do this it is because of a talk with the Lord. I have it written out and I’m going to cut and paste it below. Also, I’m going to sign this one with a little animated “God Bless” gif that was passed to me and I pass it along every now and then. I hope you enjoy it. Give me something hard next time. Hah! My best to your family.

WHY I ANSWER CUCKOO QUESTIONS I don’t mind helping one bit. I needed extra income and my physical condition got to where I couldn’t make house calls on clocks and I couldn’t reach up and remove a grandfather clock movement any more. So I was down on my knees praying for a solution and one was made available to me on the internet. I kind of figure that for every person I help, no matter where in the world, and without the remotest possibility of work or monetary gain, that another clock will come my way. Now I don’t get nearly as many clocks as I do questions but I have all the work I can do and it sure feels good to be able to give back a little bit.

Sincerely,

John “Papa” Barnette
http://www.cuckooclockdoctor.com

Dear Jo,

Thank you for your question. The good news is that this is probably something you can fix yourself. Don’t turn the clock over or lay it on its back as the chains will fall off their gears and you will have more problems. Hold it upright and look in the back. There should be 2 whistles, one on each side and each has an air bellow attached to the top. Regardless of the location it takes 2 different pitched whistles to make the coo coo sound. Those whistles should have wire linkages from each of them to the movement. On Schneider clocks they generally use Regula movements so at the bottom left of the movement there should be 2 arms and a black spider like cog that flips up the link wires as it turns. If the clock is new my first suspicion would be that one of the link wires is off. On new clocks they are held only by a staple to the top of the bellows. 2nd and unlikely on a new clock is that the air bellow has separated from the whistle. On most new clocks there is a plastic whistle that sits on top of a hollow rectangle of wood. These can separate from the wood right below the whistle. And on a cuckoo of any age the bellows can separate right beneath them. 3rd, if the clock is old you could have torn your bellows top off completely.

Those things would be my chief suspects. I hope this helps. If you see what it is, don’t bend any wires or remove the bellows without letting me know. If you want to send me a close up picture from the back of the clock of what you find, I’ll be happy to take a look at it. The link wires only go in a certain way. Best wishes to you and have a good day.

Sincerely,

John “Papa” Barnette
http://www.cuckooclockdoctor.com

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From: Jo
To: papa@cuckooclockdoctor.com
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2009 11:41 PM
Subject: question

Hi!

I saw your webpage and like your philosophy and approach. I have a simple question (I hope). I just bought a Schneider cuckoo, and as I was hanging it up, my daughter accidentally knocked it off the wall before I had it set up. It doesn’t seem to have any damage, but when the little birdie goes to “cuckoo” it only goes “cuu” and no “koo”.

Do you think I need to ship this in for repairs, or is this something I can “fix” or “adjust” at home?

Thanks so much,

Jo

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Original Question from Pat on Thursday, July 09, 2009 8:52 AM

Hello nice to meet you..I have a old cuckoo clock from Germany 1969-1970. It was in a closet for years and I have it working but the music wont play the dancers do go around. The only noise from the clock is a ticking nosie from the music box. This clock is my Mothers and a Black Forest, back 30 years ago the clock broke and the repair man took advantage of her. He removed the music box and put in a cheap one. It never played right and did not play the song “Some where my love” Is there a way to fix it without taking it to a repair shop? Seem that it is turning inside just wont play music

Dear Pat,

Thank you for your question. It sounds like you have a great clock. Most likely the release wires to the music box are bent. When the clock finishes cuckooing the music box is then released and the music box turns the dancers in most cases. I’m going to cut and paste below a pre-written answer I keep for just this question. If you are fairly handy and understand how they work you just may get it running. I would definitely try it before I took it in for repair. Just don’t bend any of the wires until you understand how the releases function and you should be fine. If after this it doesn’t work, you will more than likely need professional help. Best wishes and have a good weekend.

I’m going to try to tell you how the music box works. It may not be exactly what you have, but all are similar and will give your somewhere to start. There should be 2 connections from the movement to the music box. On some movements both wires come from the same spot. On others there is a flat strip of metal coming off the right hand corner of the clock and a straight wire coming off the back center of the clock. The flat strip of metal is hooked to a linkage that pulls a locking pin out of the music box at the top of the hour. The music box tries to play but the fan is immediately stopped by the straight wire coming off the back of the clock. That wire will move back and forth as the clock cuckoos and when it finishes it is supposed to drop away just enough to let the fan rotate freely and the music will play and will lock itself back down. That is how it is supposed to work. Getting it to do that is extremely tricky, but if you are persistent you may well succeed. Last year I had 2 gentlemen and 1 lady succeed in doing just that. There have been at least 75 or more who didn’t. Normally I advise people to stay away from that, but some are handier than others. I sometimes spend as much as a whole day on adjusting one music box. Others may take me 10 minutes. There is only one sweet spot where everything will work.

Pat, I hope this helps and at least gives you a good understanding of how it should work. If the fellow who originally worked on it didn’t install it properly and the adjustment of the releases aren’t the problem then you may need professional help.
Best wishes and have a nice weekend.

Sincerely,

John “Papa” Barnette
Cuckoo Clock Repairs by Mail
http://www.cuckooclockdoctor.com

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