# [Bell Historians] A Short handstroke

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Fri May 6 14:23:42 BST 2011

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--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, matthewhigby at ... wrote:
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> Basically the sally should be the same height when the bell is vertically up or down. Lay a plumb line over the gudgeon and pulley. Mark where it passes the wheel shroud. Measure the circumference of the wheel by laying a tape around the sole of the wheel then divide that by 4. Measure up from your mark by that amount and that should be your garter hole position (again lay year tape in the groove of the wheel, around the sole. The garter hole should then be the same distance from the pulley when the bell is vertically up or down. The sally being a little higher when set. Hope this helps. Matthew
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> From: David Willis <dcwillispiano at ...>
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> Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 13:25:31
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> Subject: [Bell Historians] A Short handstroke
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> A bell in our group is suspected of having a short handstroke . My thought is that this is something that can be measured with the bell down ( of course ).
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> If a line is taken from the garter hole to the gudgeon and another from the gudgeon to the pulley an angle is formed between the two . Too little resulting in a short handstroke .
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> Am I correct please and if so what is accepted to be the correct angle ?
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> David
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Slaidburn is an example of such a case-none of the garter/pulley positions are correct.

Tenor is the worst, sally drops 15" when the bell is up, making the bell seem lighter set than it is and also making it seem far more oddstruck than it really is. With virtually no handstroke pull, it is a pig to turn in and dodge with. Nearly all the ropes are drawn in the clcok room without drawing pulleys as well.

But they have been like that since 1927 when rehung by M+S. But no company would get away with such a shoddy job like this,these days.

No point doing anything in a big way untill the bells are rehung in a new frame-no point spending good money after bad, as the bells have a limited shelf life as they are. A full rehang is the most sensible and best value for money option in the long term.

Alan

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