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Old 08-18-2011, 06:01 PM
loshan loshan is offline
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Where can I find a Clock that does not tick?

I am looking for an inexpensive kitchen wall clock that doesn't tick. tick. tick. tick. aaarrrrrrgggghhhh!

It needs to be battery operated due to frequent power outages here in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea how to even know if one ticks or not without taking it out of the package and putting in batteries.

The last two I have purchased have ended up with batteries removed in the middle of the night.

Any suggestions?
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:04 PM
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I snapped the second hand off my cheapo target wall clock and it's much quieter now. If you still have the old ones, you could try that.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:08 PM
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My living room clock has a second hand that just spins around, smoothly and silently.

It's disconcerting, actually. I can handle time when it's broken into seconds, but seeing it flow by uninterrupted makes me feel like my life is draining away. It never stops. Ever.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:13 PM
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I snapped the second hand off my cheapo target wall clock and it's much quieter now. If you still have the old ones, you could try that.
Thanks

Wow. I would have thought that would make any difference, but it does. I have put the batteries back in and will see how it is in the still of the night.

I thought the noise came from the mechanism, but it comes from the second hand? Interesting.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:15 PM
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Of course you could come into the modern era and purchase a LED clock.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:34 PM
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Of course you could come into the modern era and purchase a LED clock.
So then I could be irritated at the infernal glowing that goes with that? No thanks.

I admit it. I'm a luddite. I want a clock with hands.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:41 PM
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I thought the noise came from the mechanism, but it comes from the second hand? Interesting.
Yeah, I don't know why it worked but it did and I don't really need my time measured by seconds. Minutes is as precise as I need wall clocks to be.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:45 PM
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So then I could be irritated at the infernal glowing that goes with that? No thanks.

I admit it. I'm a luddite. I want a clock with hands.
You can buy silent LED clocks that have hands like an analog clock: here's one example. And another.

But they still have a certain amount of glowing lights.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:01 PM
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What you want is a clock that's advertised as having a "sweep" second hand movement, like this one.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:00 AM
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41.25!? Yeah, it better sweep!

-the floors!
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:39 AM
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How about a LCD clock. They don't emit any glow are silent and the batteries last forever.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:26 AM
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So then I could be irritated at the infernal glowing that goes with that? No thanks.

I admit it. I'm a luddite. I want a clock with hands.
I guess you wouldn't like my LCD clock in my kitchen that has the time, date, day of the week, inside and outside temperature, relative humidity and phase of the moon and automatically adjusts for daylight savings time?
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:46 AM
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If you want to modify the clock you already have, insulating the battery pack on the back with bubble wrap also helps - it reduces the amount of vibration that gets to the wall, reducing the transmitted volume of the ticking.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:51 AM
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I thought the noise came from the mechanism, but it comes from the second hand? Interesting.
The motion comes from the mechanism. I'm willing to bet a lot of the sound comes from the vibration of that big honkin' tuning fork of a second hand jerking to a start and jerking to a stop times each a minute.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:02 AM
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got this one from thisiswhyImbroke.com

no ticks.

it's cool, but I still wish I'd gone for the math clock

or the zombie garden gnome....but that wouldn't have helped with the time.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:03 AM
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There are clocks that use those LCD calculator-like screens; so no light-bleeding at all just like a calculator. Though you won't see it unless the room's lights are on.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:07 AM
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At least in Britain, clocks that don't make noise are advertised as having a "silent mechanism". You might want to put that term into the search box of your favourite online store.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:40 PM
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I used to have a clock like this one. It doesn't tick, but after a few days, I'm sure you would be very happy to get your ticking clock back.
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