PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- When Roger Mackey has to spring forward or fall back, it takes him a little longer than the average Joe.
The clock collector and repairman has about 400 antique clocks at his Parkersburg home, of which about 50 are kept running at any one time.
Mackey says you can't just move the hands back or forward an hour on most old clocks, because it will throw off the chiming mechanisms. So how will he set 50 clocks back by one hour when Daylight Saving Time ends this coming weekend?
"I'll probably just stop them all for an hour," said Mackey, 62. "To completely reset them would take the better part of a day."
Mackey got his first antique clock when he was 15. His grandfather, a garbage collector, found it in the attic of a home he was cleaning out in Parkersburg's historic district.
Mackey traded an old shotgun for the clock. "I didn't know whether I got a good deal or not," he said, but it turned out the clock was worth a lot of money.
"That just got me started," he said. "When I got it, I got it bad."
Before long, Mackey's interest in antique clocks made him want to repair the precision timepieces. "A couple of old guys showed me the basics," he said. "Over the years, I just picked it up.
"It's nice to pick up something somebody was going to throw away and bring it back to life."
Mackey has been repairing clocks for more than 40 years. He runs Mackey's Antiques & Clock repair out of his Parkersburg home.
Mackey says most old clocks can be repaired. But sometimes it will cost more to fix an old clock than the clock is worth.
He said the most common enemy of old clocks is neglect. "People run clocks for years and never oil them," he said. When that happens, things wear out. Commonly, the pivots of gears will start to wear out the holes they sit in, distorting the shape of the holes and eventually bringing the clock to a standstill.