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      Denny asks:

      I’m located in Mansfield Oh. Our church received a donated Bell from a church or schoolhouse just south of Bucyrus. I am seeking infomation on the correct mounting an placement of this bell, as we are currently in the process of erecting a belltower in our courtyard. There is some question as to whether the bell should hang or sit in the tower. Personally from the parts that I see ,which is a yoke with a single {sort of S shaped } leg, 1 for each side of the bell. I would think this bell hung from a beam, strengthend by 4 steel rods that I see in this pile of parts. I do not see an A frame for each side like I normally see when a bell is on a platform. This bell is approx. 30+ inch. and 300+#. It needs to be placed the way it was designed. Can you help with a direction as to sitting or hanging. Thank You for for time and thought.

      Response #1

      Dear Denny, I think I know what you have from your description, but pictures would make it easier. Are the two big S shaped pieces you speak of heavy cast iron? Do they either have holes or holes and cast pegs sticking downward from flat pieces which, if placed on a flat surface would result in a cupped piece on top of the S piece? If so, they are supposed to be mounted facing each other with the flat side down and the small cups facing each other with the open end of the cups toward each other. The round ends of the yoke for the bell then fit in these cups and the bell swings in those. Then, part way up the S there should be a hole which goes all the way through the S casting. Two iron bars then attach to this hole with a bolt which goes through one iron bar (usually a round rod), through the S, then through the other bar, and then is finished off with a nut. The other end of the round bars are then fastened to the mounting platform. Both S pieces are thus steadied by the four side bars (two each). I’ve seen many bells with this mounting, and it is quite attractive, certainly more attractive than the traditional A frames.


      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #13193

      This type of mounting will allow the bell to rock. However, if it is mounted on a wooden frame, the constant movement of a bell that size will lossen the support rods and result in an unsteady bell that could come crashing through your bellfree. If you use this mount and wish to rock the bell using a rope & wheel, then you should mount it on a steel frame If you do mount it on wood, you may wish to search for a side mounted tolling device that would avoid the need to rock the bell in order to ring it.
      Harry Long, MD

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