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Servicing the Aging Modern Floor Clock in the Home

June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 28 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0


Making house calls on floor clocks is a very important addition to any repair shop’s bottom line. Learn how Michael Gainey, CC21, has made this the most profitable day of his week.

This three-day class focuses on repairs to the modern floor clock movement that can be completed in the home as well as determining when the clock needs to go to the shop. We will be examining, through a series of photographs and videos, the most common problems encountered when repairing the aging modern floor clock movement and how to correct them. We will also perform hands-on repairs and adjustments to the modern Hermle clock movement. Through the discussion of hundreds of tips and techniques, Michael will share the wisdom and knowledge he has obtained over the course of 46 years and over 22,000 house calls that enable him to troubleshoot almost any mechanical problem in a matter of minutes.

A partial list of topics to be discussed include; different house call approaches, scheduling, pricing, guarantees, worn out movements, movement replacements vs. movement restorations, basic escapement adjusting, clock parts nomenclature, maintenance intervals, the house call tool box, problems specific to certain movement types, troubleshooting and general tips and time savers.


This is considered an intermediate level class. To get the most from the class you will need; a good mechanical aptitude, an understanding of basic clock movement terminology, the basic functioning of time, chime and strike systems, some familiarity with modern clock movements and at least some experience with repairing and adjusting clocks.


Paper and pen or laptop for note taking. Outlines will be provided.
Assortment of screwdrivers – regular and jewelers sizes, standard tip and Phillips
Standard and needle nose pliers
Smooth jawed pliers
Preferred magnification device
#8 let down key
Nut drivers if you have them
Clock oil
Note – The above items will be used during our hands-on section. If you do not bring these items you may miss out on one of the most helpful sections of this class.

Gainey will supply as many Hermle movements for hands-on work as he can, but participants are able to bring their own as well if they prefer. The best movement will be a functional Hermle spring driven chime, pendulum or floating balance. These movements will be substituting for a Hermle weight driven floor clock movement and will be “messed up” moved out of synch, levers distorted slightly, so we can make corrections during the class.

Cost: $695 for AWCI members / $845 for non-members

Class Schedule: 3 days, Wednesday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Feel free to contact our education director Jason Champion with any questions at education@awci.com or at 866-367-2924 extension 303.


June 26 @ 8:00 am UTC+0
June 28 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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AWCI – Harrison, Ohio
701 Enterprise Dr
Harrison, OH 45030 United States
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American Watchmakers – Clockmakers Institute