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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 4:06:27 AM
Subject: Re: question
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.
John “Papa” Barnette
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.
John “Papa” Barnette
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Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2009 11:41 PM
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,
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