Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ridgway Clock photo essay

Upper section showing the bonnet
 We bought this clock last year and to date we have been very pleased with our acquisition. It is a used piece but in excellent condition and accurate to within one minute per week which is about the best you can expect from a modern tall case clock.
Base of the clock

We think the model is Hamilton Country and the build date is 1996, so there are quite a few years left on the clock mechanism which has an average life of about 25 years if run continuously. It is very quiet, in fact much quieter than I thought and the Westminster chimes are really not loud at all though you can switch them off if need be.

3 weights
 The photos belies just how good the condition of this clock is. There is not a mark on it. The only thing that betrays its age are the slightly tarnished brass fittings on the upper and lower section of the each of the 2 front columns.
 It is vitally important to use cotton gloves when adjusting the weights otherwise in time the brass weights would begin to show fingerprints as the moisture from the hands chemically react with the brass finish. The gloves are used to steady and guide the weights and chains as you pull on the chains to "wind" the clock.
Clock face
 There is a 29 1/2 day moon phase above the dial which is a bit tricky to adjust in the beginning but is handy for weather watching purposes. We don't really pay all that much attention to it but it is a nice conversation item nonetheless.

Cotton loves for adjusting weights
The weights are adjusted once per week (or 8 days) and if need be the time is synced as well. The gloves are about $2.00 at any hardware store.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Internet - the hard way

 We have what I call cross-country internet. Essentially it is an antenna on the roof pointed to a receiving tower. In our case the tower is 18 kilometers away through hills and trees.

Getting a clear line-of-sight to the tower has been a challenge for us these past 4 years and this is our 4th antenna and a total of 8 service trips by our internet provider to our house. The trees have grown around us and down the line as well so this obviously has presented reception problems for us..

I have to to applaud Seaside Communications for putting up with us. No argument, you've got a problem? - we'll check it out.

And out they came, 8 times. The last call (this week) involved a bucket truck in order to effect a better placement of the antenna. In our case to the opposite end of the roof in order to get the best possible signal was the best possible option.

Hopefully this is the final solution to our many problems of dropped signals, intermittent reception or in some cases no reception at all.

After the install, I decided to do a speed test to see if there was an improvement. According to a test I just completed my download speed is 12.91 mbs and upload is 1.72 mbs which is a significant improvement over the antenna position we had before.

So, this appears to be the final solution.....we hope! The second photo shows the final placement of the antenna.

Yes, it was a miserable day in Nova Scotia, just one of many miserable rainy, cloudy cool days this spring.