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Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby LackyPrepper1 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:46 pm

Every now and then, while I am at home, a strange feeling comes over me, as if something just doesn't seem right. Then I remember, I forgot to wind my clock!

You see, my clock is an antique, a family heirloom that was passed down over several generations. It operates on nothing more than springs and gears. Occasionally, when I fail to wind it, it's not long before I notice the absence of the rhythmic tick tock and its hourly chimes. It's a small mantle clock, nothing fancy. It keeps pretty good time too. It's not perfect, but there are ways to fine tune it.

It dawned on me the other day that this was one prepping item I never realized I had. If the lights go out, whether its just for a fews hours during an electrical storm, for days during a blizzard, or for weeks during a hurricane, I can rest comfortably knowing that I'll always be on time.

P.S. It's also EMP proof. :p
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby catfeet » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:37 pm

My mother gave me a my great aunt's much coveted (by me) fancy wind up parlor clock for christmas. Thanks for reminding me to actually _wind_ it and set the time!!!
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby ForwardPreppers » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:05 pm

Great post. I never really thought about it.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby daaswampman » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:47 pm

Good post and a handy thing to have when lights and batteries are sweet memories. Swamp
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby dale011 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:12 pm

You can still buy wind-up clocks in walmart or any good truck stop will have them. If you want fancy black forest cuckoo clocks can still be bought and there is always grandmother or grandfather clocks. Wind-up clocks have not disappeared, most people are just not looking for them.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby catfeet » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:28 pm

The windup alarms currently available in Walmart were terrible back in the 80's, when they shipped them out to China for production. They didn't actually keep time. Always late or early. They have not improved in the interim. I've bought them over the years and always been disappointed. They work for a while, keep decent time for a month or so, then slide. Then, they stop working entirely. I bought a pocket watch from China about 2 years ago and this is my most recent example...I'd rather buy American, even if it's antique, because it's a quality product that won't stop working for me on a whim.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby only+strong » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:35 pm

On time for what??? It will get light , then dark every day. Just asking.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby catfeet » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:43 pm

It's nice to be able to time meals and have a referent when you are without power.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby Lynda » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:44 pm

I don't have an electric clock but a battery operated one. Good idea. I may invest in a wind up clock. Thanks for the suggestion. I like to know what time it is.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby theoutback » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:07 pm

LOL, for our 1st anniversary I bought my wife these beautiful brass ships clock and barometer. You know they are right here in the living room and I really haven't given them much of a thought in years! Never thought of them as preps for sure. Guess I should see if I can find the wind up key!
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby daaswampman » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:52 pm

only+strong wrote:On time for what??? It will get light , then dark every day. Just asking.


It is sort of like checking the weather channel even though you can look out the window and see it's raining. Old habits die hard and you do have a good point.

Much like all the hype you hear about communication after SHTF. The pioneers stayed alive not because they heard the Indians were coming, but because they assumed the Indians were always coming. Swamp
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby LackyPrepper1 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:18 pm

only+strong wrote:On time for what??? It will get light , then dark every day. Just asking.


Really? Dont' be that guy.
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby JayJay » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:42 pm

This was on a prepper needs list, a wind clock--I didn't have one--I found one for $1 at a yard sale---it works great!!
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby IceFire » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:47 pm

I have a cuckoo clock that I bought in Germany years ago. It works by weights. Wind it by pulling the chains to bring the weights to the top, and they power the mechanism. Biggest problem is remembering to pull the chains twice a day!
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Re: Tick Tock, do you have a Clock?

Postby daaswampman » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:21 am

Just for the sake of argument and God knows I love a good one. If the grid is down and you have only a wind up clock - how are you going to know if it is correct. Sundial??? Swamp
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