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      groots
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      I am new here and this may be a very stupid question. I have had an old Hillsboro OH #2 bell in my shed since 1988 that was given to me from a descendent of the original farm owner that our lot is now a part of. He no longer wanted it and offered it to us many years ago. I think he got tired of gutting the grass around it. It is dated 1886 and has the yoke, clapper, bell, and crank as well has what appears to be a hand made bottom piece that is made to insert into an upright pole. I had it de-rusted and then powder-coated and just picked it up today. I have a stainless steel pole 6 ft above ground and 3+ feel below ground. I was all excited about putting it all in place but got concerned with the functioning of the bell. What I dont understand is what keeps the yoke and bell upright rather than falling off to one side or the other, especially when ringing it with the crank. It it merely the weight of the bell that keeps it perpendicular? I must be missing something here.

    • #16716
      groots
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      Question answered and problem resolved. Once the bell is hanging from the yolk and centered properly, it maintains that position, no problem.

    • #16717
      halanb
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      I am glad to see that you were able to answer your own question. Though this is not my area, I suspect it has to do with the center of gravity of the moving mass (bell + yoke + clapper) being below the pivot points so the bell will return to a rest position.

      You might be interested to know that some bells are swung in complete arcs for “change ringing”.
      See this link for more details:
      http://phillyringers.com/stmarks/new%20what.htm

      I would be curious to know more about the powder coating, whether you had all the parts coated, one color or multiple colors, how the cost compared to standard painting, if it looks like paint or more like porcelain, etc.? It would be useful if you could post some pictures of the result, and I know others would like to see them too. If you have pictures but can’t figure out how to post them (it can be rather strange at first), you could email them to me and I would put them out there. Thanks.

      alanburgdorf@hotmail.com

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