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How to make a basic redstone clock.

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Are you interested in redstone and would like to know how to make a redstone clock? This is where you can learn.

First of all, you're going to need a redstone torch (only a redstone torch will work, don't try to use anything else), three pieces of redstone powder, a repeater, and any block (for this blog, it's a piece of stone).

First, place your block on the ground. Then, put your torch on one of the sides of the block. Then, you put your repeater next to the redstone torch (as long as the entire thing isn't in a vertical line right now, you placed the repeater correctly). Then, imagine the circuit is a 2x2 square. Put your redstone in the empty space in this theoretical 2x2 square, and finally, your put redstone in front of the repeater, and another piece of redstone right next to that one, and
your redstone clock is finished!

Now, I will explain how it works. When the redstone torch delivers power to the repeater, it brings it back to the block the redstone torch is on, and this acts as an inverter, and the redstone torch turns off. But because of repeater delay, the repeater will still be on and will still be inverting the signal on the redstone torch. But when it turns off, the redstone torch is on again, and the cycle repeats itself. This also means that the redstone current that inverts the torch doesn't have to go where it does in the picture; it can be in any of the other three sides. But the way I showed you is the most compact.

Now, I should explain repeater delay, redstone torches burning out, some other stuff that have to do with clocks. Okay, the default delay of a repeater is 1 tick. This means that if the repeater has power delivered to it, it will take one tick until it will be on. Same thing vice versa, if it was powered but no longer has power delivered to it, it will take one tick until it turns off again. You can set a repeater to a one tick delay minimum, a two tick delay, a three tick delay, and a 4 tick delay max. To increase the delay beyond four ticks, just put a bunch of repeaters in a vertical line. Now let me tell you about redstone torch burning. A redstone torch cannot go through a clock faster than a 3-clock (we'll get to that in a second) without burning out. I think the time until it burns out is random, but I don't know about that, but when it does burn out, it definitely burns out for a random amount of time. Now to what I was talking about, a 1 tick clock means that the clock is on for one tick, and off for another. A 2-clock means that the clock is on for two ticks, and off for another two, and so on.

Now go make some dispenser traps or noise machines or whatever using this clock. If you have any questions, then ask me in the comments below.
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Update #2 : by demonicmuffins 09/07/2013 1:35:07 amSep 7th, 2013

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ZexTheMinecrafter
09/22/2019 8:41 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Mage
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  • 1 tick is not burning it so no need to have 2 tick delay i also made an annoying note block prank machine with this
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Girly link
01/28/2015 1:41 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Ninja
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Thanks! i really needed this!
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Monstercjr
08/07/2012 6:39 pm
Level 29 : Expert Geek
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So true- been doing this since Beta 1.4. :) Shame it burns after awhile- depending on your ticks.

Diamonded.
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demonicmuffins
09/16/2013 11:15 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Engineer
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Thank you! I'm making a redstone tutorial for beginners soon.
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demonicmuffins
08/05/2012 1:41 am
Level 30 : Artisan Engineer
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How did this get so many views and diamonds? You could just google this. BTW, I tried to sound like I knew what I was doing in this blog, but the reality is I had just learned about this stuff at the time of making this blog.
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Sky_of_Flames
08/02/2012 12:42 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
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found a way to make it not burn out
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demonicmuffins
08/02/2012 2:27 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Engineer
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I explained that in the tutorial. You didn't have to look for it yourself.
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Sky_of_Flames
08/31/2012 10:58 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
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im mean without burning but going on the fastest mode
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demonicmuffins
08/31/2012 6:43 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Engineer
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Okay, yeah, I learned that some time ago actually. Unfortunately, not before I made this blog.
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Sandi315
08/02/2012 12:29 am
Level 28 : Expert Skinner
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It burns out too fast.
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