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Anyone know local clock smiths?

I recently inherited a grandmother clock that my great grandfather built in the 60's. The middleweight is working but I think the outer two on each side are locked at the top. Any suggestions TT's?

created by stooks on May 15, 2017 at 06:50:34 am     Comments: 16

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Fulkerson's at Monroe/Douglas.
Family run, and have been there for years, I think it's the 3rd or 4th generation running it now.

I've had antique watches and clocks repaired there, they are very knowledgeable .

The only downside is that they are not super fast as far as turnaround time. But if you are not in a hurry, they get the job done right.

posted by foodie88 on May 15, 2017 at 07:44:07 am     #  

I believe there's a place on Rugby in the south end. The name escapes me at the moment

posted by steve155 on May 15, 2017 at 07:46:08 am     #  

Fulkerson's.....agree with Foodie. Kinda grumpy too. But they know their stuff. One thing that cracks me up about the place: handmade signs regarding policy edicts. Its like every customer issue they've had over the years, has resulted in a sign being posted. No cell phones! :>)

posted by BulldogBuckeye on May 15, 2017 at 09:05:29 am     #  

Hey man when you own the football you get to make the rules. Hop aboard any boat I'm skipper of and we won't be doing it your way. ⛵️

posted by Mariner on May 15, 2017 at 09:56:40 am     #  

foodie88 posted at 08:44:07 AM on May 15, 2017:

Fulkerson's at Monroe/Douglas.
Family run, and have been there for years, I think it's the 3rd or 4th generation running it now.

I've had antique watches and clocks repaired there, they are very knowledgeable .

The only downside is that they are not super fast as far as turnaround time. But if you are not in a hurry, they get the job done right.

Surprising, seeing as how time is there speciality.

posted by JoeyGee on May 15, 2017 at 10:39:44 am     #  

*THEIR, dangit.

posted by JoeyGee on May 15, 2017 at 10:40:41 am     #  

Mariner posted at 10:56:40 AM on May 15, 2017:

Hey man when you own the football you get to make the rules. Hop aboard any boat I'm skipper of and we won't be doing it your way. ⛵️

Sure, make the rules. But do you put handmade signs up for every violation? "No pissing overboard" "Seasick Passengers Must take Dramamine"

posted by BulldogBuckeye on May 15, 2017 at 10:58:03 am     #  

I would recommend John Mitchell if he is still doing business. I found out about him through a TT thread on this same subject that has some good info:
http://www.toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/article/167380/Clock_repair

I inherited a nice mantel clock that didn't work and saw that thread. Was very happy with the work and price.

I was originally going to use Faulkners but my sister the guy was a real douche bag to her. They also have all one star yelp ratings but those are due to other jewelry repairs.

posted by classylady on May 15, 2017 at 11:05:29 am     #  

I have a wall chime clock that the chime stopped. Still kept time, just no chime. I contacted Fulkerson's who told me I had to have the sound thing replaced and it would be $150-$200. I contacted the clock manufacturer and they told me to try using Duracell instead of Energizer batteries. I did, and no problems since!

posted by llz on May 15, 2017 at 11:20:42 am     #  

Uh oh, I might need to recant my Fulkerson's recommendation, based on the experience llz had.

Last week my husband dropped off an old train station clock at Fulkerson's for some repairs, but that's the first time we've used them in about 10 years. (Prior to that, I used them several times, with zero problems.)

I'll let you know how it turns out !

posted by foodie88 on May 15, 2017 at 11:36:03 am     #  

Fulkerson's charged my mother more than a clock cost new to repair it and it didn't work any better after they were done with it.

posted by suz on May 15, 2017 at 01:53:31 pm     #  

Thank you, everyone! The middleweight is working so the clock is working. It's just the outer ones on each side that controls the chime! I will give john a call!

posted by stooks on May 15, 2017 at 01:57:25 pm     #  

Thank you, everyone! The middleweight is working so the clock is working. It's just the outer ones on each side that controls the chime! I will give john a call!

posted by stooks on May 15, 2017 at 01:57:25 pm     #  

steve155 posted at 08:46:08 AM on May 15, 2017:

I believe there's a place on Rugby in the south end. The name escapes me at the moment

That was Casey's clock shop. It is now closed.

posted by Ace_Face on May 15, 2017 at 05:51:54 pm     #  

Second John Mitchell who also happens to be a friend. 10 years or so ago, I took an old (electric) Westminster Chime mantel clock that my dad bought for my grandparents in 1939. Motor died. Fulkerson's said motor no longer available and the only option was to gut the clock and install battery operated "quartz" movement electronic faux chime. Uh, no thanks.
Took it to John and before I had a chance to say anything, he saw me carry the clock in and said "ya know, GE JUST recently stopped making the motor for that clock but so and so company makes one that will work."
John had the clock for several months so don't expect next day service but it has run and chimed perfectly ever since.
John's shop (converted house) is on Main St. in Sylvania.

posted by Foodie on May 16, 2017 at 09:35:22 am     #  

I thought John was very friendly as well as being knowledgeable. IIRC the price was very reasonable as well.

My sister said a guy at Fulkerson's was a real douche bag (he exact words) to her I found out about John while doing some research on clock repair people in Toledo and the TT thread came up.

I can't remember how fast the service was but I was in no hurry to get the clock back. I had inherited the clock for a good six months before getting it repaired so I was obviously not in a huge hurry to get it back. I'd rather someone take their time and fix it right the first time than do a half assed job fixing it fast and in the case of an older clock there is probably some time involved finding the parts and waiting on them, it's not like they can just run to Walmart down the road for most of the parts.

posted by classylady on May 16, 2017 at 11:07:50 am     #