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Fixing the Hallway Clock

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Way back in '98 or '99 we found this beautiful clock at a yard sale for $5.

When asked if the clock worked, the lady said it did, but lost time almost immediately.  Instantly we knew the problem, she had forgotten Newton's laws of motion, and hadn't adjusted the bob or the lyre.  

The pendulum length dictates how fast or how slow your grandfather clock will keep the proper time. If you take time to adjust it properly, the grandfather clock can keep exceptionally good time for a mechanical timekeeper.
The longer you make the pendulum, the slower the grandfather clock.The shorter you make the pendulum, the faster the grandfather clock. Adjusting the speed of the clock is accomplished by moving the pendulum disk (bob) up or down. This is adjusted by turning the nut at the bottom of the pendulum. Moving it up pushes the “bob” (the round disk) up so the clock will run faster. If you turn the nut as to lower the “bob”, the clock will run slower. The pendulum disk is moved u…

The Shed Rehab: Finished!

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I think just about every project I lament my complete inability to estimate the time it will take to do a project, and this project was no exception.  The first post was way back on June 26, and here we are on August 11th and it's finally finished!  What I didn't figure was the number of either rainy days, or days that were too humid to paint, not to mention some tasks I hadn't thought of.  First a bit of recap...


That's an odd-looking shot of when I first built the shed.  I forget exactly when I built it, but it was at least 15, if not closer to 20 years ago. That's really quite amazing because I built it on the cheap, back then we really had to pinch pennies. Yet, the shed has held up well all these years! But alas, the ol' shed was really starting to show its age...


I started out by replacing all the corner boards, as well as the door and window frames, and added a sill to the window...


Then the frieze board (or whatever the correct name is) was added:

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